Study could pave way for creating safer opioids

Drug Facts - Thu, 2021-10-14 15:27
Researchers may have an uncovered new answers on how to create safer opioids. Design a new opioid to bypass the part of brain that feels pleasure, but retain the analgesic properties, which make opioids one of the most effective pain relievers. Researchers looked at how opioids may have become so widely abused.
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Breast milk of marijuana users does not hurt short-term health of early premature infants, long-term effects still unknown

Drug Facts - Fri, 2021-10-08 06:35
Researchers compared early preterm infants who were fed breast milk from THC-positive mothers to those who were fed either formula or breast milk from THC-negative mothers and found no differences in short-term health impacts such as breathing difficulties, lung development, and feeding issues.
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Naloxone access doesn’t make heroin seem less risky

Drug Facts - Thu, 2021-10-07 08:10
The medication naloxone is so effective at saving the lives of opioid overdose victims that some people worry that it might make drug users think heroin and related drugs are no longer risky. But a new study suggests that is not the case.
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People with substance use disorders may be at higher risk for SARS-CoV-2 breakthrough infections

Drug Facts - Wed, 2021-10-06 06:05
An analysis of electronic health records of nearly 580,000 fully vaccinated people in the United States found that the risk of SARS-CoV-2 breakthrough infection among vaccinated patients with substance use disorders was low overall, but higher than the risk among vaccinated people without substance use disorders.
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‘The mother of all cannabinoids’: Anti-seizure compounds discovered in cannabis

Drug Facts - Tue, 2021-10-05 08:19
Scientists have found that three rare cannabinoids reduce seizures in mice. They using the information to develop a better cannabis-based treatment for Dravet syndrome, an intractable childhood epilepsy.
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EMS ketamine use on agitated patients on cocaine increases intubation 5.75-fold, study finds

Drug Facts - Wed, 2021-09-29 07:26
Patients with excited delirium often are administered ketamine by EMS before arriving at the hospital. Many of them are intoxicated or are using illicit substances, which may alter the properties of ketamine. A study explored if patients who received prehospital ketamine with concomitant substance intoxication have higher rates of subsequent intubation in the ER compared to those without confirmed substance usage. Among the results, cocaine intoxication had a statistically significant 5.75-fold increased rate of intubation.
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Withdrawal from psychostimulants restructures functional architecture of brain

Drug Facts - Mon, 2021-09-27 12:36
Researchers describe how withdrawal from nicotine, methamphetamine and cocaine alters the functional architecture and patterns in the brains of mice, compared to control animals, a key to developing addiction treatments.
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Smartphone sensor data has potential to detect cannabis intoxication

Drug Facts - Sun, 2021-09-26 08:22
A smartphone sensor, much like what is used in GPS systems, might be a way to determine whether or not someone is intoxicated after consuming marijuana, according to a new study.
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Researchers identify new biomarkers to detect consumption of emerging illicit drug

Drug Facts - Mon, 2021-08-30 09:33
A team of researchers has come up with a new solution to boost the surveillance of designer drug abuse. The team has identified three new urinary biomarkers that could be used to detect consumption of ADB-BUTINACA, an emerging synthetic cannabinoid which is a type of new psychoactive substance. The innovative approach used to identify the biomarkers can be applied to other existing and new synthetic cannabinoids.
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How adolescents used drugs during the COVID-19 pandemic

Drug Facts - Tue, 2021-08-24 08:41
Among adolescents ages 10 to 14 in the U.S, the overall rate of drug use remained relatively stable in the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, one change was a decreased use of alcohol, but an increased use of nicotine and misuse of prescription drugs.
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Possible antidote for club drug GHB overdose

Drug Facts - Mon, 2021-08-23 10:57
Diclofenac and other NSAIDs may limit the passage of narcolepsy medication and illicit party drug GHB to the brain, decreasing the potential for fatal overdose, researchers find.
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Teens who use cannabis frequently more likely to have premature baby

Drug Facts - Thu, 2021-08-19 08:27
Teenagers who use cannabis frequently may be more likely to have children born preterm, when they become parents up to twenty years later, finds a new study. The research repeatedly assessed 665 participants in a general population cohort on their tobacco and cannabis use between ages 14 to 29 years, before pregnancy.
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Cancer patients use less marijuana than general public, study finds

Drug Facts - Fri, 2021-08-13 13:20
A new study shows that between 2013 and 2018, as many U.S. states were legalizing recreational marijuana, cancer patients continued to abstain in large numbers.
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Second-hand marijuana smoke exposure associated with respiratory infections in children

Drug Facts - Thu, 2021-07-29 10:22
Children whose parents regularly smoke or vape marijuana may experience viral respiratory infections, such as the common cold, more frequently than those whose parents do not smoke, according to a new study.
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Study shows strong association between perceived risk, availability and past-year cannabis use

Drug Facts - Thu, 2021-07-15 07:08
Combined perceptions of the risk and availability of cannabis influence the risk of cannabis use more than perceived risk and perceived availability alone, according to a new study. Researchers observed that those who perceived cannabis as low-risk and available were more likely to report using the drug in the past year and almost daily compared to those individuals who perceived cannabis as high-risk and unavailable. This is the first study to consider the joint effects of perceived risk and perceived availability.
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Study shows Cannabis terpenes provide pain relief, contribute to 'entourage effect'

Drug Facts - Wed, 2021-07-14 09:04
Researchers have found that terpenes mimic cannabinoids and produce similar pain-relieving effects, which are amplified when the two are used together.
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