Heavy alcohol use changes adolescents' brains
15 hours ago
Heavy alcohol use during adolescence alters the development of brain, according to a recent study from the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital. Cortical thinning was observable in young people who ...
Opioid users treated in drug detention centers more likely to relapse
15 hours ago
Individuals who are dependent on opioids are more likely to relapse after treatment in a compulsory drug detention center versus a voluntary drug treatment center that provides methadone therapy, say the Yale authors of a ...
Study finds resilience protects against risk for developing alcohol use disorders
Dec 07, 2016
Resilience considerably reduces risk for developing alcohol use disorders, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University and Lund University in Sweden.
Use of needle exchange programs up dramatically in 10 years: CDC
Nov 30, 2016
(HealthDay)—Although there was a significant increase in the use of syringe services programs (SSPs)—more commonly known as needle exchange programs—across the United States over the past decade, many injection drug ...
Flakka is a dangerous drug, but it doesn't turn you into a zombie
Nov 29, 2016
Stories of horrific crimes resulting from drug use have been propagated by the media for over a century. Such stories began with cocaine in 1914 and were followed by "reefer madness" stories in the 1930s and reports of "LSD ...
Drug and alcohol addiction treatment results improved when teens stopped smoking
Nov 21, 2016
A Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine researcher has found that addiction treatment results improved when teens in a residential program stopped smoking. The findings are published in a new study in the November ...
Surgeon general report: 'Addiction is not a character flaw'
Nov 17, 2016
In what may be his last significant act as President Barack Obama's surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy released a report Thursday calling for a major cultural shift in the way Americans view drug and alcohol addiction.
The war on drugs has failed and doctors should lead calls for change, says BMJ
Nov 14, 2016
The enforcement of prohibition - a ban on the production, supply, possession, and use of some drugs for non-medical purposes - causes huge harm, and doctors should lead calls for drug policy reform, argues The BMJ today.
Swipe away your drinking problem
Nov 10, 2016
An app has been developed that helps people struggling with alcohol addiction to reduce their alcohol intake, or to quit drinking completely.
Young adults' problem drinking may have lasting health effects
Nov 01, 2016
Young adults with symptoms of alcohol dependence may see health effects late in life—even decades after conquering their problem drinking, according to a study in the November 2016 issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol ...