Improvised naloxone nasal sprays lack evidence of absorption and effect
Feb 04, 2016
Naloxone hydrochloride is a medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. First responders (peers, family, police, etc.) may prefer nasal sprays to injectable naloxone, which has led to widespread use of ...
Risk of premature death nine-fold among illicit drug users
Feb 03, 2016
Premature deaths are almost nine times more common among illicit drug users than among the general Finnish population, shows a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. The excess mortality is especially pronounced ...
White House proposes more money to battle heroin epidemic
Feb 02, 2016
The Obama administration will propose a significant boost in federal spending to battle the nation's heroin addiction epidemic when the president unveils his budget recommendations next week.
Is cannabis addictive? Are there treatments? Answers in new journal's roundtable discussion
Jan 28, 2016
What are the symptoms, risks, and health consequences of "cannabis use disorder," and what is the status of current research efforts to identify effective treatments for cannabis addiction? The answers to these questions, ...
Use of psychosocial treatments in conjunction with medication for opioid addiction—recommended, but research is sparse
Jan 26, 2016
Psychosocial interventions, used together with effective medications, are a key part of recommended treatment for opioid addiction. But while research generally supports the effectiveness of psychosocial treatments, there ...
New study holds hope for improving outcomes for children exposed to methamphetamine
Jan 21, 2016
Despite continuing reports that methamphetamine abuse during pregnancy can lead to behavioral and emotional problems in children, pregnant women continue to abuse the illicit drug. Nearly one-fourth of pregnant women seeking ...
Playing sports can lead some boys to binge drink
Jan 15, 2016
High school boys who participate in sports are more likely to binge drink—especially to an extreme, according to a new University of Michigan study.
Pathway to heroin described in NEJM commentary
Jan 14, 2016
(HealthDay)—U.S. researchers are challenging a leading theory about the nation's heroin epidemic, saying it's not a direct result of the crackdown on opioids. The commentary has been published in the Jan. 14 issue of the ...
Drug curbs marijuana use, but with tough side effects
Jan 14, 2016
Combining the drug topiramate with psychological counseling curbed marijuana use among young smokers significantly more than did counseling alone, according to newly published results of a small randomized, controlled trial ...
Researcher says 'no amount of alcohol is safe for pregnant women'
Jan 14, 2016
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) in the United States has long been estimated at no more than three children per 1,000. A new study published in the journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence reports that the prevalence of fetal ...