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Hazardous patterns of prescription opioid misuse in the US

Wed, 2019-08-21 10:43
Among adults aged 18 years and older, 31 percent used prescription opioids only as prescribed by a physician medically and 4 percent misused them. Thus, the overwhelming majority (88 percent) of all past-12-month prescription opioid users used the drugs for medical purposes only.
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Spending on illicit drugs in US nears $150 billion annually

Tue, 2019-08-20 06:18
Spending on cannabis, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine fluctuated between $120 billion and $145 billion each year from 2006 to 2016, rivaling what Americans spend each year on alcohol, according to a new study.
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Cannabis-related poison control calls for Massachusetts kids doubled after medical pot legalized

Fri, 2019-08-16 10:32
After medical marijuana became legal in Massachusetts, cannabis-related poison control calls involving the commonwealth's children and teenagers doubled, according to a public health investigation.
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Does opioid maintenance treatment during pregnancy harm newborns?

Thu, 2019-08-15 10:06
A new study found no harm to newborns from opioid maintenance treatment (OMT) during pregnancy compared with no treatment.
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Marijuana may boost risky effects of drinking alcohol

Tue, 2019-08-13 12:38
Compared to people who only drank alcohol, those who used alcohol and marijuana simultaneously were more likely to drink heavier and more often, according to researchers. They were also more likely to experience alcohol-related problems -- like impulsive actions they later regretted.
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Adults who mix cannabis with opioids for pain report higher anxiety, depression

Mon, 2019-08-12 11:08
Not a good mix: A researcher has found that adults who combine prescription opioids for severe pain and cannabis report elevated anxiety and depression symptoms, with no increased pain reduction.
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Marijuana legalization reduces opioid deaths

Wed, 2019-08-07 07:23
A new study finds that marijuana access leads to reductions in opioid-related deaths.
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Patterns of substance use and co-use by adolescents

Mon, 2019-08-05 09:21
Using in-depth interviews with adolescents (16-19 years of age) who used alcohol and marijuana, this study examines the role that social and physical contexts play in adolescent decision-making about simultaneous use of alcohol and marijuana.
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Study assesses outcomes for meth users with burn injures

Thu, 2019-08-01 12:25
Researchers were surprised to find that methamphetamine use is not linked with worse health outcomes among burn patients, but was associated with significantly worse discharge conditions for meth-positive patients. Meth-positive patients suffered worse injuries and stayed longer in hospital than meth-negative patients. Also, more meth-positive patients left the hospital against medical advice and fewer had access to support such as skilled nursing facilities. They did worse in every measure of socioeconomic status.
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One in 10 older American adults currently binge drinks

Wed, 2019-07-31 08:22
More than a tenth of U.S. adults age 65 and older currently binge drink, putting them at risk for a range of health problems, according to a new study.
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Antioxidant compound from soybeans may prevent marijuana-induced blood vessel damage

Tue, 2019-07-30 16:24
Marijuana exposure damages cells of the inner lining of blood vessels throughout the heart and vascular system. In studies with human cells and arteries from mice, a compound found in soybeans blocked the damage and may have potential in preventing cardiovascular side effects of marijuana use.
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Blocking dopamine weakens effects of cocaine

Mon, 2019-07-29 11:23
Blocking dopamine receptors in different regions of the amygdala reduces drug seeking and taking behavior with varying longevity.
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The science behind giving up

Thu, 2019-07-25 09:25
Findings offer new insight into the complex world of motivation and reward by discovering the science behind giving up. The study is among the first to describe the effects of the complex nociception modulatory system. The researchers said this discovery could lead to helping people find motivation when they are depressed and conversely decrease motivation for drugs in substance abuse disorders, like addiction.
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People are more likely to try drugs for the first time during the summer

Tue, 2019-07-23 06:59
American teenagers and adults are more likely to try illegal or recreational drugs for the first time in the summer, a new study shows.
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More women using cannabis daily before and during pregnancy, research finds

Fri, 2019-07-19 15:36
The number of women using cannabis in the year before they get pregnant and early in their pregnancies is increasing, and their frequency of use is also rising, according to new data.
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About 44% of high school seniors who misuse prescription drugs have multiple drug sources

Wed, 2019-07-17 12:26
Roughly 11% of high school seniors reported prescription drug misuse during the past year, and of those, 44% used multiple supply sources, according to a pair of recent studies.
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Legalized recreational marijuana a substitute for alcohol, but not tobacco

Wed, 2019-07-17 10:26
The recent wave of recreational cannabis legalization across the US could generate $22 billion in sales per year, but not everyone is happy about it. New research shows the alcohol industry could be impacted when the substance is legalized.
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Cannabis treatment counters addiction: First study of its kind

Mon, 2019-07-15 09:42
An Australian study has demonstrated that cannabis-based medication helps tackle dependency on cannabis, one of the most widely used drugs globally. A new article provides the first strong evidence that cannabis replacement therapy could reduce the rate of relapse. The principles are similar to nicotine replacement in that the patient is provided a safer drug and in an environment that helps break the pattern of use.
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Opioid use is reduced in patients treated with NSAIDS

Thu, 2019-07-11 13:17
Patients receiving a post-surgery prescription of ibuprofen with a rescue prescription of Percocet used less opioids than a group of similar patients who were prescribed just Percocet.
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Teens abusing painkillers are more likely to later use heroin

Mon, 2019-07-08 09:25
A new study shows that teens who use prescription opioids to get high are more likely to start using heroin by high school graduation.
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