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May 20, 2019

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Legal Marijuana Reduces Chronic Pain, but Increases Injuries and Car Accidents

The legalization of recreational marijuana is associated with an increase in its abuse, injury due to overdoses, and car accidents, but does not ... read more
Regular coffee drinkers can sniff out even tiny amounts of coffee and are faster at recognizing the aroma, which could open the door to new ways of using aversion therapy ... read more

Historically 'Safer' Tramadol More Likely Than Other Opioids to Result in Prolonged Use

Surgical patients receiving the opioid tramadol have a somewhat higher risk of prolonged use than those receiving other common opioids, new research ... read more

One in 7 Washington State Drivers With Children in the Car Recently Used Marijuana

According to a roadside survey conducted in Washington State, 14.1% of drivers with children in the car -- nearly one in seven -- tested positive for ... read more
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Vaccine Shows Lasting Effects Against Fentanyl Addiction in Rats

A vaccine that combines a fentanyl antigen with a tetanus toxoid has been shown to reduce fentanyl choices and increase food choices with effects lasting several months in rats. These results suggest ... read more

Gender Impacts Brain Activity in Alcoholics, Study Finds

A new study finds that compared to alcoholic women, alcoholic men have more diminished brain activity in areas responsible for emotional processing, as well as memory and social processing among ... read more

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Prevalence Is Very High in Susceptible Groups Worldwide

A major new review of the world literature has found that fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is 10 to 40 times higher in certain susceptible groups than the general population. These groups ... read more

Effectiveness of Different Forms of Nicotine Replacement Therapy in Helping People Give Up Smoking

New evidence published in the Cochrane Library provides high quality evidence that people who use a combination of nicotine replacement therapies (a patch plus a short acting form, such as gum or ... read more

Australian Heavy Drinking Trends: Heavy Drinkers Consuming More Than Half of All Alcohol

Researchers have found the heaviest drinking 10 percent of Australians drink over half the alcohol consumed in Australia, downing an average of six standard drinks per ... read more

Cell-Type Specific Mechanism for Formation and Retrieval of Cocaine-Associated Memories

Scientists have revealed neuronal mechanisms underlying the formation and retrieval of cocaine use-associated memories. Their research sheds light on how drug addiction develops and reveals pathways ... read more

Want to Quit Smoking? Partner Up

Kicking the habit works best in pairs. That's the main message of a new study. 'Quitting smoking can be a lonely endeavor,' said a study ... read more

Marijuana for Morning Sickness? It's Not Great for Baby's Brain

With a growing number of states legalizing recreational or medical marijuana, more women are using the drug during pregnancy, in part due to its reported ability to relieve morning sickness. A new ... read more

Combining Opioids and Marijuana May Be Advantageous for Pain Sufferers

Researchers report combining cannabinoids with morphine did not significantly increase impulsivity or memory impairment in a study conducted in rhesus monkeys. The findings suggest using opioids and ... read more

New Intervention Doubles Quit Rate Among Smokers With Severe Mental Illness

Research has found a dedicated intervention to help people with severe mental illness stop smoking can double quit rates at six months compared to standard ... read more

Performance-Enhancing Drugs May Increase Risk of Teen Cocaine Abuse, Impair Fertility

Performance-enhancing steroid use could increase the risk of cocaine use and addiction in teens, according to a new rodent study. The combination of these drugs could also impair fertility in young ... read more

New Study Explains Why Drinking Alcohol Causes the Munchies

New research in mice suggests that a shared circuit in the brain could be one reason why heavy drinking and high-fat 'junk food' cravings go hand in ... read more

Experimental Drug Shows Promise for Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

While medicines are available to relieve withdrawal symptoms in people recovering from opioid addiction, they cause side effects and can maintain the brain changes that led to addiction in the first ... read more

Severe Psychological Distress and Daily Cannabis Use: Implications for Mental Health?

Daily cannabis use increased significantly from 2008 to 2016 among those with and without past-month serious psychological distress (SPD) and use among those with SPD was persistently higher compared ... read more

Opioid Epidemic Is Increasing Rates of Some Infectious Diseases

The US faces a public health crisis as the opioid epidemic fuels growing rates of certain infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, heart infections, and skin and soft tissue infections. ... read more

Alcohol-Induced Brain Damage Continues After Alcohol Is Stopped

Although the harmful effects of alcohol on the brain are widely known, the structural changes observed are very heterogeneous. In addition, diagnostic markers are lacking to characterize brain damage ... read more

Psychostimulants Play a Major Role in Fatal Strokes Among Young Adults

An estimated 76 million people use psychostimulants, which include illicit drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine, and 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, as well as prescription stimulants. A new ... read more

Study Reveals Genes Associated With Heavy Drinking and Alcoholism

A large genomic study of nearly 275,000 people has revealed new insights into genetic drivers of heavy drinking and alcohol use disorder (AUD), the uncontrollable pattern of alcohol use commonly ... read more

Brain Growth Inhibited by Heavy Alcohol Use

New research in nonhuman primates shows that heavy use of alcohol can actually slow the rate of growth in developing brains. The study, to be published April 1, in the journal eNeuro, shows that ... read more

Next-Generation Single-Dose Antidotes for Opioid Overdoses

Fentanyl's powerful effects are long-lasting, and even tiny amounts of the drug can lead to an overdose. Antidotes, such as naloxone, do not last long enough in the body to fully counter the ... read more

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