Cannabis legalization and link to increase in fatal collisions

Drug Facts - Tue, 2021-04-06 06:40
Legalization of recreational cannabis may be associated with an increase in fatal motor vehicle collisions based on data from the United States.
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Doping by athletes could become tougher to hide with new detection method

Drug Facts - Mon, 2021-04-05 05:59
As the world awaits the upcoming Olympic games, a new method for detecting doping compounds in urine samples could level the playing field for those trying to keep athletics clean. Now, scientists report an approach using ion mobility-mass spectrometry to help regulatory agencies detect existing dopants and future 'designer compounds.
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Anabolic androgenic steroids accelerate brain aging

Drug Facts - Thu, 2021-03-25 06:45
Anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS), a synthetic version of the male sex hormone testosterone, are sometimes used as a medical treatment for hormone imbalance, and its use is known to have many side effects, ranging from acne to heart problems to increased aggression. A new study now suggests that AAS can also have deleterious effects on the brain, causing it to age prematurely.
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Heritable traits that appear in teen years raise risk for adult cannabis use

Drug Facts - Mon, 2021-03-22 10:01
Study finds that a small portion of the risk for repeated cannabis use into adulthood can be attributed to the genetic effects of neuroticism, risk tolerance and depression that can appear during adolescence.
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Medical cannabis can reduce essential tremor: Turns on overlooked cells in central nervous system

Drug Facts - Fri, 2021-03-19 10:55
Medical cannabis can reduce essential tremor in mice. By injecting a specific synthetic cannabinoid into the spinal cord of mice suffering from essential tremor, researchers have shown that the drug can reduce involuntary shaking - as the cannabinoid activates a particular type of cell, the so-called astrocytes.
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Sharp reductions in costs of producing cannabis, fentanyl likely to spur widespread changes in use, dependence

Drug Facts - Wed, 2021-03-10 18:42
A new analysis explores the effects of these changes on use. The analysis concludes that sharp declines in production costs for cannabis and opioids could dramatically reduce the price per dose for consumers in ways that alter patterns of use and dependence.
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Psychedelic science holds promise for mainstream medicine

Drug Facts - Wed, 2021-03-10 08:06
A team of neuroscientists is uncovering how psychedelics affect brain activity. New work shows a strong connection in rodent models between brain activity and behaviors resulting from psychedelic treatment, a step forward in the quest to better understand their potential therapeutic effects.
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Steroid abuse by men leads to long-lasting impaired testicular function

Drug Facts - Tue, 2021-03-09 07:13
Illegal use of anabolic steroids not only has dangerous side effects during use but also can harm of men's testicular function years after they stop abusing steroids, according to a new study.
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New research shows marijuana THC stays in breast milk for six weeks

Drug Facts - Mon, 2021-03-08 11:17
Researchers have found that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component of marijuana, stays in breast milk for up to six weeks, further supporting the recommendations to abstain from marijuana use during pregnancy and while a mother is breastfeeding.
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Frustration is an additional factor of addiction

Drug Facts - Mon, 2021-03-01 15:10
Researchers have shown that frustration is additional factor that can lead to addiction escalation.
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Three longtime antibiotics could offer alternative to addictive opioid pain relievers

Drug Facts - Mon, 2021-02-22 17:28
Three decades-old antibiotics administered together can block a type of pain triggered by nerve damage in an animal model, researchers report. The finding could offer an alternative to opioid-based painkillers, addictive prescription medications that are responsible for an epidemic of abuse in the US.
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Sewage study shows which countries like to party hard

Drug Facts - Mon, 2021-02-22 07:23
The Netherlands, United States, Australia and New Zealand are consuming the highest amounts of designer 'party' drugs, according to wastewater samples taken from eight countries over the New Year period.
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Unintended consequences of state, opioid policies

Drug Facts - Wed, 2021-02-17 11:48
Study reveals the unintended and negative consequences of policies designed to reduce the supply of opioids in the population for overdose.
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Drinking, smoking, and drug use linked to premature heart disease in the young

Drug Facts - Mon, 2021-02-15 19:10
Recreational drinking, smoking, and drug use is linked to premature heart disease in young people, particularly younger women.
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Experimental vaccine blunts the deadliest of synthetic opioids

Drug Facts - Thu, 2021-02-04 17:25
Researchers have developed experimental vaccines that have shown in rodents to blunt the deadly effects of fentanyl as well as its even more fatal cousin, carfentanil.
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Nearly third of US young people prescribed psychoactive drugs admit misusing them

Drug Facts - Tue, 2021-02-02 17:27
Nearly a third of US teens and young adults prescribed a psychoactive drug misuse that drug, with the likelihood of misuse rising with age, suggests an analysis of national survey responses.
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Legal cannabis stores linked to fewer opioid deaths in the United States

Drug Facts - Wed, 2021-01-27 17:33
Access to legal cannabis stores is associated with a reduction in opioid related deaths in the United States, particularly those linked to synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, finds a new study.
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The dangers of drugged driving are outpacing drunk driving

Drug Facts - Tue, 2021-01-26 15:16
A recent study of drugged driving shows that a sizable percentage of individuals reported the use of marijuana and other illicit drugs while operating behind the wheel.
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Drink and drug risk is lower among optimistic pupils with 'happy' memories

Drug Facts - Mon, 2021-01-25 12:46
Teenagers with happy childhood memories are likely to drink less, take fewer drugs and enjoy learning, according to new research.
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Combination treatment for methamphetamine use disorder shows promise

Drug Facts - Wed, 2021-01-13 16:06
A combination of two medications, injectable naltrexone and oral bupropion, was safe and effective in treating adults with moderate or severe methamphetamine use disorder in a double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase III clinical trial. The findings suggest this combination therapy may be a promising addition to current approaches to treatment, such as cognitive behavioral therapy and contingency management interventions, for a very serious condition that remains difficult to treat and overcome.
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