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Study reveals how drug abstinence changes gene expression, making relapse more likely

October 10, 2019

A new preclinical study by University at Buffalo researchers reveals the genetic basis of relapse, one of the…
Effects of drug abuse on HIV disease under the microscope

August 1, 2019

It’s been 36 years since HIV — the virus that causes AIDS — was discovered by scientists. Since…
1 in 75 New Moms Go on to Long-Term Opioid Painkiller Use

July 29, 2019

Nearly half of American women having a baby in the last decade received a prescription for a powerful…
Efffects of drug abuse on HIV disease under the microscope

July 29, 2019

It’s been 36 years since HIV — the virus that causes AIDS — was discovered by scientists. Since…
Youth drug use trends will compel primary care physicians to keep up

June 14, 2019

The times are changing, and so are drug and alcohol use trends among American youth. These shifts in…
Early Life Exposure to Nicotine Alters Neurons, Predisposes Brain to Addiction Later in Life

May 22, 2019

Neonatal exposure to nicotine alters the reward circuity in the brains of newborn mice, increasing their preference for…
Analyzing data from more than 400,000 people, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that consuming one to two drinks four or more times per week — an amount deemed healthy by current guidelines — increases the risk of premature death by 20 percent. Image credit: U.S. Air Force, Sahara. L. Fales / Public Domain
Integrated stepped alcohol treatment for people in HIV care improves both HIV and alcohol outcomes

May 20, 2019

New clinical research supported by the National Institutes of Health shows that increasing the intensity of treatment for…
‘Quality’ father involvement plays big role in keeping abused children away from drugs

May 9, 2019

Researchers have long-known that abused children are at higher risk of adolescent drug use. But a new study…
Indicators of Mental Illness and Despair on the Rise among Gen X-ers, Study Suggests

April 17, 2019

A new study looking at the mental health of so-called Gen X-ers (i.e., people born between 1974-1983), published…
Increased risk of substance abuse in people with treatment resistant depression

April 4, 2019

People suffering from treatment resistant depression are at a higher risk of developing substance use disorders than other…
Engineering treatments for the opioid epidemic

March 19, 2019

The U.S. is reeling from a public health crisis driven by the misuse of prescription and illicit opioids…
Does Opioid Use in Pets Create Higher Risk for Abuse in Humans

January 14, 2019

The increase in opioid prescriptions for people over the past decade may have been paralleled by an increase…
Child deaths from opioids nearly tripled in recent years, says Yale study

January 2, 2019

Close to 9,000 children and teens in the United States died from opioid poisonings over the last two…
Pot withdrawal eased for dependent users

December 7, 2018

A new drug can help people diagnosed with cannabis use disorder reduce withdrawal symptoms and marijuana use, a…
Drug Wholesalers Drove Fentanyl’s Deadly Rise, Report Concludes

December 5, 2018

Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid implicated in nearly 29,000 overdose deaths in the United States last year, most…
How exercise could help fight drug addiction

November 19, 2018

The siren call of addictive drugs can be hard to resist, and returning to the environment where drugs…
Researchers explain how LSD changes perception

October 29, 2018

Psychedelic drugs such as LSD have a profound impact on human consciousness, particularly perception. Researchers at Yale and…
How to reduce the risks if you choose to use cannabis

October 22, 2018

Cannabis is now legal, but it still needs to be used with caution, University of Alberta health experts…
Fentanyl test strips prove useful in preventing overdoses

October 19, 2018

Among more than 72,000 deaths in the U.S. last year, fentanyl — a highly potent prescription opioid often used to…
Data-Sharing Website May Speed the Response to New Illegal Drugs

July 5, 2018

The ‘NPS Data Hub’ will help forensic chemists identify new types of fentanyl and other narcotics more quickly.…
Mental health declining among disadvantaged American adults

June 22, 2018

Between the mid-1990s and early 2010s, self-reports of mental health declined among disadvantaged Americans ages 24 to 76.…
Heroin use in Pacific Northwest linked to incurable kidney disease

June 21, 2018

A new UW Medicine study strongly associates the use of intravenous heroin – in particular the black tar…
Free Software Can Help Spot New Forms of Fentanyl and Other Illegal Drugs

March 7, 2018

Fentanyl, the synthetic drug that is driving a nationwide overdose epidemic, is not only a killer. It’s also…
Cannabis linked to bipolar symptoms in young adults

December 1, 2017

Cannabis use in youth is linked to bipolar symptoms in young adults, finds new research by the University…
HHS Opioid Code-a-Thon

October 30, 2017

Drug overdose deaths and opioid-involved deaths continue to increase in the United States. The majority of drug overdose…
UW–Madison joins national network to combat opioid epidemic, substance abuse disorders

October 16, 2017

In the United States, 24 million people have a substance use disorder, yet only 4 million are in…
Hey doc, can you get me off these meds?

September 18, 2017

Most Canadians over 65 years of age take a lot of prescription drugs – two-thirds, in fact, take…
On the darknet, drug buyers aren’t looking for bargains

August 14, 2017

When drug users go online for the first time to buy opioids, they aren’t looking for the widest…
Smoking marijuana is not as innocent as it looks – school students often become lazy and ambitionless

May 17, 2017

Using marijuana is not that uncommon anymore. It could also be said that stigma attached to this leisure…
Research Indicates Harm Reduction Programs May Prevent Hepatitis C in Injection Drug Users

May 8, 2017

Researchers at UCSF and their colleagues have found that Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among people who inject…
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