March 26, 2018

Poverty, Stress a Factor in Overdose Deaths

Drug-related deaths have grown to be a major US public health problem over the past two decades. Between 2006 and 2015 there were more than 515,000 deaths from drug overdoses and other drug-related causes. The economic, social, and emotional tolls of these deaths are substantial, but some parts of the US are bearing heavier burdens than others. Evidence from the first national study of county-level differences suggests that addressing economic and social conditions will be key to reversing the rising tide of drug deaths, reports the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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Posted at 04:21 PM to the category Substance Abuse

March 21, 2018

Alcohol Biggest Risk for Dementia

Alcohol use disorders are the most important preventable risk factors for the onset of all types of dementia, especially early-onset dementia. This according to a nationwide observational study, published in The Lancet Public Health journal, of over one million adults diagnosed with dementia in France.

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Posted at 06:27 AM to the category Alcohol Effects

March 06, 2018

Alcoholism 'Wonder Drug' Is a Dud

Baclofen, used to treat spasticity, was touted as a 'wonder drug' for alcohol use disorders, but researchers found it is no more effective than a placebo for reducing alcohol consumption and alcohol cravings.

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Posted at 08:44 AM to the category Treatment Research

February 23, 2018

Long-Term Recovery Increases Quality of Life

Receiving successful treatment for an alcohol and drug problem can result in steep increases in physical, psychological, and social well-being, according to the Research Society on Alcoholism.

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Posted at 11:06 AM to the category Treatment Research

February 10, 2018

Follow-Up Increases Naltrexone Compliance

Symptoms of alcoholism make it more difficult for some people to regularly take the prescription drug naltrexone, which could help treat their disease, a researcher at Oregon State University has found.

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Posted at 02:06 PM to the category Treatment Research

January 30, 2018

Late Teen Drinking Can Lead to Liver Problems

Alcohol is the leading cause of liver cirrhosis and liver-related deaths. Results of a large long-term study in Sweden have confirmed that drinking during late adolescence could be the first step towards liver problems in adulthood and that guidelines for safe alcohol intake in men might have to be revised downwards, reports the Journal of Hepatology.

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Posted at 08:07 AM to the category Alcohol Effects

January 18, 2018

Alcohol-Related E.R. Visits Surge

Heavy and chronic alcohol consumption is blamed for a significant increase in emergency department visits over an eight-year period, according to a study by the Research Society on Alcoholism.

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Posted at 11:08 AM to the category Alcohol Effects

December 11, 2017

Recreational Users Think Risks Are Manageable

A reasearcher from James Cook University in Queensland has been investigating why Australians are among the top users of illegal drugs in the world - and has uncovered some revealing new facts about the motivations of recreational drug users.

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Posted at 09:48 PM to the category Substance Abuse

December 09, 2017

Parental Attention Can Reduce Drug Abuse Risks

Parents who require children to follow rules and keep a constant eye on their activities, endeavoring to know where they are, who they are with and what they are doing, run less risk of facing problems when their children enter adolescence, such as abuse of alcohol and other drugs.

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Posted at 05:07 PM to the category Prevention Efforts

November 08, 2017

New Program Closes Gap in Addiction Treatment

A new program at Boston Medical Center's Grayken Center for Addiction is showing that connecting patients to addiction treatment when they are hospitalized for other conditions can be a powerful tool in closing a gap in addiction treatment. In fact, early results show that many of these patients continue treatment after they are discharged, underscoring the importance of reaching patients who might otherwise not get treatment for their addiction.

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Posted at 03:56 PM to the category Treatment Research

November 05, 2017

Teen Alcohol and Marijuana Use Lessens Life Success

Young adults dependent on marijuana and alcohol are less likely to achieve adult life goals, according to new research by UConn Health scientists presented at the American Public Health Association 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo.

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Posted at 11:35 PM to the category Alcohol Effects

September 29, 2017

Feds to Begin Testing Employees for Oxy

New federal mandatory guidelines for workplace drug testing will become effective on October 1, 2017, and will include the authority to test for four semi-synthetic opioids: oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone, and hydromorphone. These are prescription opioid pain medications that have commonly known names such as OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet, Dilaudid, etc.

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Posted at 04:53 PM to the category Substance Abuse

September 18, 2017

Young Binge Drinkers Show Altered Brain Activity

Researchers have studied the brain activity of young binge-drinking college students in Spain, and found distinctive changes in brain activity, which may indicate delayed brain development and be an early sign of brain damage.

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Posted at 07:01 AM to the category Alcohol Effects

September 08, 2017

Daily Marijuana Use Raises Concerns

Health officials are concerned that the rates of daily marijuana use by college-age Americans have returned or exceeded previously high levels seen in the early 1980s, especially among a population whose brains are still not completely developed.

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Posted at 12:20 PM to the category Effects of Marijuana

September 07, 2017

About 137 Million Americans Drink Alcohol

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) results for 2016 have been release by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration indicating that 136.7 million American report themselves to be current alcohol drinkers.

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Posted at 02:21 PM to the category Alcoholism