Credit: CC0 Public Domain The introduction of plain tobacco packaging led to an increase in the price of leading products, according to new research from the University of Stirling. The study—funded by the Cancer Policy Research Centre at Cancer Research UK and published in international journal Addiction – conflicts with predictions made by tobacco companies, […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Allowing smokers to determine their nicotine intake while they are trying to quit is likely to help them kick the habit, according to an early study in 50 people led by Queen Mary University of London. In the first study to tailor nicotine dosing based on smokers’ choices while trying to […]Continue Reading ...
(HealthDay)—For adolescent girls, depression, but not anxiety, predicts future alcohol use, according to a study published online Nov. 25 in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. Jessica L. Schleider, Ph.D., from the Stony Brook University in New York, and colleagues examined reciprocal correlations between anxiety severity, depression severity, and alcohol use among 2,100 female adolescents. Participants […]Continue Reading ...
As the number of Americans who regularly use cannabis has climbed, so too has the number of those experiencing cannabis withdrawal symptoms. A new study by researchers at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Columbia University Irving Medical Center finds that 12 percent of frequent marijuana smokers experienced Cannabis Withdrawal Syndrome (CWS), […]Continue Reading ...
An addict prepares heroin, placing a fentanyl test strip into the mixing container to check for contamination, Wednesday Aug. 22, 2018, in New York. If the strip registers a “pinkish” to red marker then the heroin is positive for contaminants. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) The newest tool in the fight against opioid overdoses is an inexpensive […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain SMS reminders sent to patients booked in to addiction treatment sessions significantly increase attendance rates, University of Queensland research has found. Dr. Matthew Gullo, from UQ’s Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research, said the study was the first to evaluate the effectiveness of SMS appointment reminders for alcohol addiction treatment sessions. […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain None of us has the brain we were born with. Brains grow and adapt. This process, called neuroplasticity, doesn’t end when you step out of the classroom. Even habits—reaching for cookies when stressed out, keeping your head down during staff meetings—cut “trails” in the brain throughout life that can be hard […]Continue Reading ...
Teenage girls who regularly binge drink may fail to reach their peak bone mass, according to a new study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. The study, of 87 college women, found that those who regularly binge drank in high school had lower bone mass in the spine. That was true […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Cannabis resin and herbal cannabis have significantly increased in potency and in price, according to the first study to investigate changes in cannabis across Europe. The study, published today in the journal Addiction by researchers from the University of Bath and King’s College London, draws on data collected from across 28 […]Continue Reading ...
High school students with positive mental health are less likely to consume cannabis, a recent University of Waterloo study has found. The public health study used data from 6,550 high school students in grades 9 to 12 in Ontario and British Columbia, collected from a mental-health component of a longitudinal national youth study called COMPASS. […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain The legalization of cannabis for adult use in Canada is one of the biggest national public policy shifts that many of us will ever witness in our lifetimes. This historic change in drug policy was proposed by the Canadian government as a way to promote public health, as the country grapples […]Continue Reading ...
A housing subsidy treatment that enables low-income families in US cities to move from public to private housing appears to reduce adolescent girls’ binge drinking but increase adolescent boys’ binge drinking. The reasons for these differential gender effects are not yet clear. Affordable housing policies are common in democratic nations, and the Housing Choice Voucher […]Continue Reading ...
Addiction Policy Forum, a national substance abuse nonprofit, has added Connecticut-specific resources to its online database of treatment centers, facilities and healthcare providers. The Addiction Resource Center, which now has chapters in 26 states, is an interactive database where people can filter addiction services by their geographic and support needs, like type of insurance, medication […]Continue Reading ...
A new therapeutic may help reverse chemical imbalances made to the brain by habitual drug use and could one day help recovering drug addicts avoid future drug use. Researchers from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston developed and tested a treatment on rats and found it effective in reducing the animals’ cravings. Their […]Continue Reading ...
(HealthDay)—High school seniors hooked on heroin are likely to misuse a multitude of other drugs, a new study finds. “It may be inadequate to focus on heroin and opioid use in isolation,” said study author Joseph Palamar, an associate professor of population health at New York University School of Medicine in New York City. As […]Continue Reading ...
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