Serving smaller alcoholic drinks could reduce the U.K.'s alcohol consumption
May 14, 2018
New research published in Addiction, conducted by researchers from the Universities of Liverpool and Sheffield, highlights the potential benefits of reducing the standard serving size of alcoholic beverages.
Alcohol and tobacco are by far the biggest threat to human welfare of all addictive drugs
May 11, 2018
A new review published online today in the journal Addiction has compiled the best, most up-to-date source of information on alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use and the burden of death and disease. It shows that in 2015 ...
Study looks at barriers to getting treatment for substance use disorders
May 08, 2018
For patients with substance use disorders seen in the emergency department or doctor's office, locating and accessing appropriate treatment all too often poses difficult challenges. Healthcare providers and treatment facility ...
'Shooting gallery' helps addicts in Europe's richest country
May 07, 2018
Far from the glitzy bank buildings and boutiques in Luxembourg city sits a run-down prefab building behind the railway station that shows another side to Europe's richest country.
Anti-alcoholism drug shows promise in animal models
May 03, 2018
Scientists at The University of Texas at Austin have successfully tested in animals a drug that, they say, may one day help block the withdrawal symptoms and cravings that incessantly coax people with alcoholism to drink. ...
FDA-approved drugs to treat diabetes and obesity may reduce cocaine relapse and help addicted people break the habit
Apr 28, 2018
Cocaine and other drugs of abuse hijack the natural reward circuits in the brain. In part, that's why it's so hard to quit using these substances. Moreover, relapse rates hover between 40 and 60 percent, similar to rates ...
Study identifies overdose risk factors in youth with substance use disorders
Apr 24, 2018
A team of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has identified factors that may increase the risk of drug overdose in adolescents and young adults. In their report published online in the Journal of Clinical ...
Buprenorphine may be safer than methadone if treatment duration is longer, study suggests
Apr 20, 2018
The less commonly prescribed opioid substitute buprenorphine may be safer than methadone for problem opioid users, especially if used during the first month of treatment, according to a study which includes University of ...
Medical doctors with addictions fear professional repercussions if they seek treatment
Apr 20, 2018
Fear of dismissal or of losing their authorisation keeps medical doctors trapped in substance use disorders, and instead of seeking help they attempt self-treatment. This is shown by a new study from Aarhus University.
People who use medical marijuana more likely to use and misuse prescription drugs
Apr 18, 2018
Can medical marijuana help to fight the opioid epidemic? Many believe that it can. But a new study finds that people who use medical marijuana actually have higher rates of medical and non-medical prescription drug use—including ...