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New study examines the effect of ecstasy on the brain
Researchers from the University of Liverpool have conducted a study examining the effect ecstasy has on different parts of the brain. (2016-04-18)

Mind-altering drugs could treat mental disorders
Psychedelic compounds have had a colorful past. Although initially investigated for medical uses, they were banned after cultural and political times changed in the 1960s and 1970s. Now, the compounds are getting another chance in the mainstream, according to the cover story of Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society. (2016-03-30)

NYU research: Hair sampling shows unintended 'bath salt' use
Dr. Palamar and his team of researchers are the first to examine whether ecstasy users are unknowingly or unintentionally using 'bath salts' and/or other novel psychoactive drugs. (2016-02-18)

Males and under 30 at greatest risk of hospital admission for drug related poisonings
Poisonings from recreational drug and alcohol use account for 9 percent of all poisoning-related hospital admissions, says a new University of Sydney study revealing that males and people under 30 are at greatest risk. (2015-12-16)

Students report high levels of hazardous drinking, CAMH survey finds
Canada's longest-running study of drug use among Ontario students in Grades 7-12 shows binge drinking remains high, e-cigarettes are used more often than cigarettes, and more than 25 percent of students are allowed to drink at home with friends. (2015-12-09)

NYU researchers document self-reported use of new synthetic drugs by teens/young adults
This is the first study reporting on use of a variety of new drugs in a nationally representative US sample. Researchers are confident that use was severely underreported, as the subjects were not asked about most of these new drugs specifically. The researchers advocate for health surveys to ask about use of new drugs, in addition to traditional drugs such as marijuana and cocaine, in order to quickly pick up on potential drug epidemics. (2015-09-15)

Daily marijuana use among US college students highest since 1980
Daily marijuana use among the nation's college students is on the rise, surpassing daily cigarette smoking for the first time in 2014. (2015-09-01)

New forensic ID technology introduced: Fingerprint Molecular Identification
Fingerprint Molecular Identification, a new category in forensic science, will enable law enforcement agents, district attorneys and government agencies to build a molecular profile of criminal suspects by analyzing residues on fingerprints with patented technology. (2015-08-03)

Illicit drug use may affect sexual function in men
In a study of 1159 males who illicitly used amphetamines, half of participants said drug use had no impact on their sexual functions, while the other half reported impacts such as reduced erectile rigidity and sexual satisfaction, enhanced orgasmic intensity, and delayed ejaculation. (2015-07-06)

New article from Brain: A Journal of Neurology
An article, 'Smaller amygdala and medial prefrontal cortex predict escalating stimulant use,' published online on May 13 in Brain: A Journal of Neurology has found that individual differences in brain structure could help to determine the risk for future drug addiction. The study found that occasional users who subsequently increased their drug use compared with those who did not, showed brain structural differences when they started using drugs. (2015-05-15)

Smaller volumes in certain regions of the brain could lead to increased likelihood of drug addiction
An article publishing online today in Brain: A Journal of Neurology has found that individual differences in brain structure could help to determine the risk for future drug addiction. The study found that occasional users who subsequently increased their drug use compared with those who did not, showed brain structural differences when they started using drugs. (2015-05-13)

New report: First compilation of global addictions
The world's first comprehensive report on global addictions has revealed Australians smoke less tobacco and drink less alcohol than the British, but Aussies take more illicit drugs. (2015-05-11)

Levels of 'Molly,' aka ecstasy, spike in rivers near music festival
The illicit drug called 'Molly' or ecstasy is a serious concern for parents, law enforcement and now for environmentalists. Scientists report in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology that a major music festival in Taiwan coincides with a spike in the drug's levels in nearby rivers. Not only does this highlight drug abuse at the concert, but the scientists say it also focuses attention on potential effects the substance could have on aquatic life. (2015-01-14)

Teen contraband smokers more likely to use illicit drugs: Study
A University of Alberta economics professor has discovered a link between contraband cigarette use and illicit drug use among Canadian teens. (2014-12-16)

The Lancet HIV: High rates of recreational drug use among HIV-positive gay and bisexual men in the UK strongly linked with condomless sex
New research published in The Lancet HIV shows that polydrug use is common among HIV-positive men who have sex with men and is strongly linked to sex without a condom. (2014-09-07)

Study suggests federal law to combat use of 'club drugs' has done more harm than good
A federal law enacted to combat the use of 'club drugs' such as ecstasy -- and today's variation known as molly -- has failed to reduce the drugs' popularity and, instead, has further endangered users by hampering the use of measures to protect them. (2014-08-17)

Burst spinal artery aneurysm linked to Ecstasy use
Taking the street drug Ecstasy could lead to a potentially fatal weakening and rupture of the spinal cord artery, doctors have warned in the Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery. (2014-07-03)

Prior drug use is the greatest predictor of ecstasy use US high school seniors
The study examined a national sample of high school seniors to determine who is currently at high risk for ecstasy use. Although ecstasy use in the US is not as prevalent as in the late 1990s and early 2000s, its use remains popular among adolescents and young adults. (2014-06-24)

Smartphone apps carry higher infection risk than online dating sites or clubs
Phone dating apps used by gay men to find a sexual partner carry a higher risk of getting common sexually transmitted infections than meeting online or in bars and clubs, suggests research published online in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections. (2014-06-12)

MDMA can be fatal in warm environments
A moderate dose of MDMA, commonly known as Ecstasy or Molly, that is typically nonfatal in cool, quiet environments can be lethal in rats exposed to conditions that mimic the hot, crowded, social settings where the drug is often used by people, a study finds. Scientists have identified the therapeutically-relevant cooling mechanism to enable effective interventions when faced with MDMA-induced hyperthermia. The study, publishing tomorrow in the Journal of Neuroscience, was conducted by researchers at the NIDA IRP. (2014-06-03)

Recreational drug users who switch from ecstasy to mephedrone don't understand the dangers
Contrary to popular belief among recreational drug users, mephedrone has several important differences when compared with MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy. These differences mean that mephedrone could leave a user with acute withdrawal symptoms and indicate that it may have a higher potential for developing dependence than MDMA according to a study published in British Journal of Pharmacology. (2014-03-25)

Surge in designer drugs, tainted 'E' poses lethal risks
With up to 10 new designer drugs flooding streets every year, more education is needed to convey risks, especially among youth, say UAlberta researchers. (2014-02-26)

'Legal highs,' PMMA and zombie panic
Recent deaths in both Canada and the UK linked to PMA/PMMA in ecstasy pills has brought public scrutiny to this little known drug. (2014-02-18)

Study reveals how ecstasy acts on the brain and hints at therapeutic uses
Brain imaging experiments have revealed for the first time how ecstasy produces feelings of euphoria in users. (2014-01-17)

Drug residues detected in Swedish sewage water
Chemists at UmeƄ University in Sweden have been able to trace narcotics substances and prescription drugs in measurements of wastewater from 33 Swedish sewage treatment plants. Cocaine, amphetamine, and methamphetamine, in measurable concentrations, were found in a total of half of the locations. (2013-12-17)

Working to the beat
Making music alleviates physical exertion. (2013-10-16)

A 'yes' to 1 drug could become 'yes' for other drugs
High school seniors who frown upon the use of drugs are most likely to be female, nonsmokers or hold strong religious beliefs, according to a study by Joseph Palamar of New York University. Palamar examines how teenagers' attitudes toward marijuana influenced their thoughts on the further use of other illicit drugs. The work appears online in the journal Prevention Science, published by Springer. (2013-10-08)

Researchers uncover metabolic enzymes with 'widespread roles' in opium poppy
University of Calgary scientists have discovered metabolic enzymes in the opium poppy that play (2013-10-04)

First large public health study of medical marijuana use in young adults to begin with NIH grant
Drexel University has received a grant for a five-year study of medical marijuana and its impact on drug use and physical and psychological health among young adults in Los Angeles. It is the first large-scale NIH project funded to directly investigate medical marijuana use among young adults aged 18 to 26. A core focus is understanding the significance and influence of dispensaries -- storefronts that sell medical marijuana -- on health. (2013-07-11)

New designer drug, 'bath salts,' may confer additional risk for adolescents
Use and abuse of (2013-04-23)

Unique scientific collaboration reveals hard facts on European drug use
Surveys of drug use form an important basis for the development of effective drug policies, and also for measuring the effectiveness of existing policies. For the first time in history, scientists have now made direct comparisons of illicit drug use in 19 European cities by a cooperative analysis of raw sewage samples. (2012-07-26)

The debate over ecstasy continues
There has been significant debate in policy circles about whether governments have over-reacted to ecstasy by issuing warnings against its use and making it illegal. In the UK, David Nutt said ecstasy was less dangerous than horseback riding, which led to him being fired as the government's chief drug advisor. Others have argued that ecstasy is dangerous if you use it a lot, but brief use is safe. (2012-07-25)

American teens are less likely than European teens to use cigarettes and alcohol
The US had the second-lowest proportion of students who used tobacco and alcohol compared to their counterparts in 36 European countries, a new report indicates. (2012-06-01)

Use of speed and ecstasy linked to teen depression
Secondary schoolkids who use speed and ecstasy seem to be prone to subsequent depression, indicates research of almost 4,000 teens published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. (2012-04-18)

Speed and ecstasy associated with depression in teenagers
A five-year study conducted with thousands of local teenagers by University of Montreal researchers reveals that those who used speed or ecstasy at 15 or 16 were significantly more likely to suffer elevated depressive symptoms the following year. (2012-04-18)

First and only study on harmful effects of infants prenatally exposed to ecstasy
A study led by Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, in collaboration with the University of East London UK, and Swansea University UK, is the first to show the effects of the drug ecstasy on fetal and infant development. (2012-02-28)

60 percent of Spanish adolescents state they do not take drugs and rarely drink alcohol
Despite the cliches surrounding the habits of adolescents, the results of a study by the University of Seville show that most young people do not fit the risk profile of taking substances. Some 60 percent of Spaniards aged 13 to 18 say they do not take drugs and rarely drink alcohol -- only in moderation -- and at the same time, less than 10 percent admit to have taken some form of illegal drug. (2012-02-09)

Despite the risks, mephedrone users in the UK are ready to try the next legal high
Since mephedrone was made illegal in the UK in 2010, the street price of the drug has risen while the quality has degraded, which in turn may have reduced use of the drug. New research published online today reveals that young people who continued to use mephedrone after it became illegal would switch to a new legal high if it were pure and rated highly by their friends or on the Internet. (2012-01-18)

Around 200 million people using illicit drugs worldwide each year, with use highest in high-income countries
The first paper in the Lancet Series on Addiction addresses the global burden of disease due to illicit drug use, and reports estimates that some 200 million people worldwide use illicit drugs each year. This figure represents one in 20 people aged 15-64 years, and use is highest in developed countries. (2012-01-05)

Netherlands mass gathering study finds substance abuse a small but significant problem
In a study of 3.8 million attendees to 249 raves over 12 years, researchers found that almost 27,897 people visited a first aid station, and more than a third (10,100) reported a substance-related problem. (2011-12-28)

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