Many patients receive prescription opioids during treatment for opioid addiction
Feb 23, 2017
More than two in five people receiving buprenorphine, a drug commonly used to treat opioid addiction, are also given prescriptions for other opioid painkillers - and two-thirds are prescribed opioids after their treatment ...
Growing number of teenagers think getting heroin is 'probably impossible'
Feb 21, 2017
Despite reports about the increase in heroin use, more teens believed it was "probably impossible" to get heroin in 2014 than in 2002, according to a Saint Louis University study.
Montana officials alarmed as they fight surge in meth use
Feb 18, 2017
Methamphetamines continue to make an alarming surge in Montana, as law enforcement, health officials and communities struggle to address the problem.
Adolescents with weak working memory and progressive drug use at risk for later addictions
Feb 16, 2017
Drug use in adolescence is often linked to later substance-abuse problems, but a new study suggests that a key risk factor is a combination of weak working memory and difficulties with impulse control.
Drinking rates highest among college kids
Feb 15, 2017
During a bout of high-intensity drinking, a person might drink 10 or more drinks, and a recent University of Michigan Institute for Social Research study has found that this kind of drinking is reported mostly among college ...
Electroacupuncture can relieve pain during alcohol withdrawal
Feb 08, 2017
(HealthDay)—Electroacupuncture (EA) can alleviate hyperalgesia during ethanol withdrawal, and this effect may involve mu opioid receptors (MORs) in the habenula, according to an experimental study published online Feb. ...
Rewards treat alcohol abuse in those with mental illness
Feb 07, 2017
Researchers at Washington State University have shown that offering prizes - from simple shampoo to DVD players - can be an effective, low-cost treatment for alcohol abuse, the nation's third leading preventable cause of ...
MRI brain scans may help identify risks, prevent adolescent substance abuse
Feb 02, 2017
Neuroimaging of the brain using technologies such as magnetic resonance imaging, or MRIs, increasingly is showing promise as a technique to predict adolescent vulnerability to substance abuse disorders, researchers conclude ...
Anti-inflammatory medication appears to reduce alchohol cravings, improve mood
Feb 01, 2017
UCLA researchers have found that an anti-inflammatory drug primarily used in Japan to treat asthma could help people overcome alcoholism.
Brain potassium channels may unlock future precision medicine approaches for alcoholism
Jan 30, 2017
A handful of FDA-approved drugs exist for treating individuals with alcohol use disorder but they have been largely ineffective at reducing the high rates of relapse. As such, there remains a critical need to identify and ...