Among veterans, painkiller misuse strongly linked to starting heroin
7 hours ago
A study of nearly 3,400 military veterans over 10 years found that when participants began to misuse opioid painkillers, they had a very high likelihood of also beginning to use heroin, researchers reported in the journal ...
New NIH-funded study to identify risks for vulnerability to drug addiction
22 hours ago
A new study aims to better understand what makes some individuals particularly vulnerable to developing drug addiction. A team of researchers from across the country will look at how genes that influence brain function cause ...
Smoking marijuana provides more pain relief for men than women
Aug 18, 2016
Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) found that men had greater pain relief than women after smoking marijuana.
Expert discusses MDMA research
Aug 18, 2016
Neuroscientist Robert Malenka, MD, PhD, the Nancy Friend Pritzker Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has conducted trailblazing inquiries into the nature of the brain's reward circuitry. This archipelago of ...
US and Mexican controls on precursor chemicals may reduce cocaine and meth use in the US
Aug 16, 2016
In December 2006, the USA regulated sodium permanganate, a chemical essential to the manufacture of cocaine. In March 2007, Mexico, the USA's primary source for methamphetamine, closed a chemical company accused of illicitly ...
New charts provide picture of drug use in the United States
Aug 15, 2016
An extensive and easy-to-use collection of charts that present findings from decades of government survey data of drug use in the United States is now available on the website of Rice University's Baker Institute for Public ...
Decriminalisation of drug use a sound and pragmatic public health policy
Aug 11, 2016
Decriminalisation of personal drug use and possession not only saves public money, it has significant public health benefits, according to a report prepared by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at UNSW.
Improved guidelines for diagnosing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Aug 11, 2016
A group of experts on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), organized by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), has produced proposed clinical guidelines for diagnosing FASD, which can result when ...
Reducing the harms of alcohol through weaker beer
Aug 10, 2016
Could a small drop in the alcohol content of beer or other drinks reduce the harmful effects of alcohol in society at large?
Chemist devises on-the-spot test for dangerous 'bath salts' and 'plant food'
Aug 09, 2016
You don't need to have watched too many episodes of the US television series Breaking Bad to know that rogue chemists play a critical role in the global trade of illicit and dangerous drugs.