Regional trends in overdose deaths reveal multiple opioid epidemics

Drug Facts - Tue, 2019-12-10 11:40
The United States in the grip of several simultaneously occurring opioid epidemics, rather than just a single crisis. The epidemics came to light after the researchers analyzed county-level data on drug overdose deaths. The study highlights the importance of different policy responses to the epidemics rather than a single set of policies.
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Study reveals increased cannabis use in individuals with depression

Drug Facts - Mon, 2019-12-09 11:19
New findings reveal the prevalence of cannabis, or marijuana, use in the United States increased from 2005 to 2017 among persons with and without depression and was approximately twice as common among those with depression in 2017.
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Separating drugs with MagLev

Drug Facts - Mon, 2019-12-09 09:05
The composition of suspicious powders that may contain illicit drugs can be analyzed using a quick and simple method called magneto-Archimedes levitation (MagLev), according to a new study. A team of scientists has developed the MagLev method to differentiate common street drugs in dilute mixtures. The method could complement or even replace other portable drug identification techniques, the scientists suggest.
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Co-addiction of meth and opioids hinders treatment

Drug Facts - Mon, 2019-12-09 08:20
A new study found that methamphetamine use was associated with more than twice the risk for dropping out of treatment for opioid-use disorder.
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Medical marijuana cards often sought by existing heavy users

Drug Facts - Wed, 2019-12-04 08:05
Young adults who seek enrollment in state medical marijuana programs are often those who already use heavily rather than those with mental or physical issues that could be addressed by the drug.
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Pot while pregnant: Doctors urge caution

Drug Facts - Tue, 2019-12-03 08:20
Daily marijuana use during pregnancy may lead to an increased risk of low birth weight, low resistance to infection, decreased oxygen levels and other negative fetal health outcomes, according to a new study.
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Increase in calls to US poison control for natural psychoactive substances

Drug Facts - Tue, 2019-11-26 19:39
A new study found there were more than 67,300 calls to US Poison Control Centers regarding exposures to natural psychoactive substances. The study looked at calls from January 2000 through December 2017, which totaled an average of 3,743 exposures each year, or approximately 10 calls every day.
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Additives result in higher toxins for vape users

Drug Facts - Tue, 2019-11-26 12:04
Portland State University Chemistry Professor Rob Strongin led a research team to study what happens when additives are put into vaping products. Specifically, they studied the chemical reaction that takes place when cannabis is consumed using a vape pen or dab rig. 'What's inhaled is actually different than what's listed in the ingredients,' Strongin said.
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Cannabis reduces headache and migraine pain by nearly half

Drug Facts - Mon, 2019-11-25 08:03
Inhaled cannabis reduces self-reported headache severity by 47.3% and migraine severity by 49.6%, according to a recent study. The study also found no evidence that cannabis caused 'overuse headache,' a pitfall of more conventional treatments. The researchers did see patients using larger doses of cannabis over time, indicating they may be developing tolerance to the drug.
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Fighting opioids with an unlikely supplemental painkiller: Anti-itch medicine

Drug Facts - Thu, 2019-11-21 14:33
Researchers are investigating whether an anti-itch medication that targets a specific part of our nerve cells can make morphine -- which targets a different part--more effective. The findings suggest it can.
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Daily cannabis use lowers odds of using illicit opioids among people who have chronic pain

Drug Facts - Tue, 2019-11-19 12:12
For those using illicit opioids to manage their chronic pain, cannabis may be a beneficial -- and a less dangerous -- alternative, according to new research.
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In states where recreational marijuana is legal, problematic use increased among adults and teens

Drug Facts - Wed, 2019-11-13 13:30
Problematic use of marijuana among adolescents and adults increased after legalization of recreational marijuana use, according to a new study from NYU Grossman School of Medicine and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.
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Chronic adversity dampens dopamine production

Drug Facts - Wed, 2019-11-13 05:51
People exposed to a lifetime of psychosocial adversity may have an impaired ability to produce the dopamine levels needed for coping with acutely stressful situations.
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Opioid-based plant might not be best solution to curb habitual alcohol use

Drug Facts - Wed, 2019-11-13 05:50
A team has examined the effects of kratom and the potential impacts on people with alcohol use disorder.
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High numbers of youth report using prescription opioids in the past year

Drug Facts - Fri, 2019-11-08 08:28
A new analysis of US data finds an unexpectedly high prevalence of prescription opioid use among youth. As recently as 2015-2016, 21% of adolescents and 32% of young adults said they had used these drugs in the past year. Nearly 4 percent and 8 percent, respectively, reported misusing opioids.
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Some CBD products may yield cannabis-positive urine drug tests

Drug Facts - Mon, 2019-11-04 12:16
A small study concludes that caution is warranted for users of 'high CBD, low THC' cannabis products.
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Cannabis use disorder is declining among young adolescents and young adults

Drug Facts - Thu, 2019-10-31 08:05
The prevalence of cannabis use disorder decreased in 2002 to 2016 among frequent users. Changes in social attitudes and the traits of frequent users may explain the decline, according to researchers. This is one of the first studies to examine the general health profile of people using cannabis daily or almost daily and the trends in the prevalence of cannabis use disorder in this population.
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Cycles of reward: New insight into ADHD treatment

Drug Facts - Wed, 2019-10-30 08:00
Researchers have investigated the actions of the drug in rats. Using dopamine cell recordings, electrochemical monitoring and computer modeling, they discovered a type of feedback loop that modulates dopamine levels in the rats' brains in response to the drug. This regulatory process may shed light on methylphenidate's therapeutic properties in ADHD.
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Of all professions, construction workers most likely to use opioids and cocaine

Drug Facts - Wed, 2019-10-30 06:28
Construction workers are more likely to use drugs than workers in other professions, finds a new study.
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Drug overdose deaths in CT doubled in 6 years

Drug Facts - Tue, 2019-10-29 16:25
Opioid overdose deaths in Connecticut doubled in the past 6 years, largely driven by use of multiple drugs together, according to a team of researchers.
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