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Ecstasy drug produces lasting toxicity in the brain
Recreational use of Ecstasy -- the illegal (2011-12-05)

High childhood IQ linked to subsequent illicit drug use
A high childhood IQ may be linked to subsequent illegal drug use, particularly among women, suggests research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. (2011-11-14)

Detecting 'bath salts' designer drug
In October 2011 the National Institute of Justice and the Forensic Science Foundation funded a capstone project proposal in the Master of Forensic Science Program at Sam Houston State University to investigate the designer drugs known as (2011-10-18)

Tests to catch the makers of dangerous 'legal high' designer drugs
Urgently needed tests which could help identify the manufacturers of designer 'legal high' drugs are being developed in research led at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. (2011-10-13)

Meth use fuels higher rates of unsafe sex, HIV risk in young men who have sex with men
A study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Children's Center and elsewhere shows that methamphetamine use can fuel HIV infection risk among teenage boys and young men who have sex with men, a group that includes openly gay and bisexual men, as well as those who have sex with men but do not identify themselves as gay or bisexual. (2011-08-01)

Safety issue revealed as 1 in 20 Australian workers admits to drinking at work
A national survey has found that more than one in twenty Australian workers report using alcohol while at work or just before work, and more than one in fifty report taking drugs during or just before work. These findings, published online today in the journal Addiction, have implications for workplace safety. (2011-06-27)

Ecstasy associated with chronic change in brain function
Ecstasy -- the illegal (2011-05-03)

Long-term users of ecstasy risk structural brain damage
Long term users of the popular recreational drug ecstasy risk structural brain damage, suggests preliminary research published online in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. (2011-04-06)

New study finds no cognitive impairment among ecstasy users
In contrast to many prior studies, ecstasy users in the new study showed no signs of cognitive impairment attributable to drug use: ecstasy use did not decrease mental ability. (2011-02-15)

Illegal use of human growth hormone common among young male weightlifters
A new study published in the American Journal on Addictions reveals that illicit use of HGH (human growth hormone) has become common among young American male weightlifters. (2011-01-20)

Study focuses on mephedrone use in Northern Ireland post-ban
Researchers at Queen's University Belfast have completed one of the first studies of mephedrone use in Northern Ireland since the drug was outlawed earlier this year. They found that the ban did not deter those mephedrone users surveyed from taking the substance. Interviews with 23 mephedrone users were completed during a two-month period (May and June 2010) following the legislation that made the drug illegal in the UK. (2010-10-04)

White House policy advisor talks about legalized drugs
Topics ranging from the future of addiction research and treatment to the binational implications of Mexico's decriminalization of drugs will be presented at the 10th Annual International Conference of the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse. The conference, hosted by LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, is Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2010, at the Westin New Orleans Canal Place. (2010-09-22)

Cocaine and ecstasy detected in waters of the L'Albufera in Valencia
The water in the canals and irrigation channels in the L'Albufera Natural Park in Valencia contain cocaine, ecstasy and a further six drugs. This has been confirmed by a study carried out by researchers from the University of Valencia, who have issued a warning about the continued presence of these substances on wildlife and human health. (2010-09-22)

Most men in long-term study of HIV report low use of illicit drugs
Most older gay and bisexual men enrolled in a long-term study of HIV used recreational drugs infrequently over a 10-year period, report University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health researchers at the XVIII International AIDS Conference. The study explored the drug use habits of 1,378 HIV-positive and negative gay and bisexual men, ages 44-63, and found that 79 percent of participants reported infrequent drug use. (2010-07-21)

MDMA (Ecstasy)-assisted psychotherapy relieves treatment-resistant PTSD
MDMA (also known as Ecstasy), may one day offer hope for individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), even people for whom other treatments have failed. Clinical trial results out today in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, published by SAGE, suggests that MDMA can be administered to subjects with PTSD without evidence of harm and could offer sufferers a vital window with reduced fear responses where psychotherapy can take effect. (2010-07-19)

Sex, drugs and moral goals: Penn study of reproductive strategies and recreational drug use
Why is there so much disagreement about whether using recreational drugs is morally wrong? A University of Pennsylvania psychology study shows that the debate about drugs might really be about sex. (2010-06-16)

NSF invites science writers to June 3 astronomy conference in Washington, D.C.
The National Science Foundation, in cooperation with the Thirty Meter Telescope Project and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory invites journalists to attend Future Science: The Frontiers of 21st Century Astronomy. (2010-05-11)

Do recreational drugs make us fail to remember?
Have you ever forgotten to post an important letter or let an appointment slip your mind? A new study from UK researchers suggests that for those who regularly use ecstasy or other recreational drugs, this kind of memory lapse is more common. Their research, which uncovered potential links between memory deficits and cocaine for the first time, appears in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, published by SAGE. (2010-02-23)

Cocaine or ecstasy consumption during adolescence increases risk of addiction
Exposure to ecstasy or cocaine during adolescence increases the (2010-02-04)

Ecstasy may be linked to sleep apnea
New research shows that recreational users of the drug known as ecstasy may be at a higher risk for sleep apnea. The study is published in the Dec. 2, 2009, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2009-12-02)

Ecstasy use may lead to sleep apnea
Repeated use of the drug popularly known as (2009-12-02)

Drug users know their stuff
Drug users are well informed about the harms associated with the drugs they use, and perceive alcohol and tobacco to be amongst the most dangerous substances, according to a survey by UCL and Imperial College London researchers. The findings, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, suggest that the current system of classifying psychoactive drugs in the UK may need to be revisited. (2009-11-24)

UC researchers awarded federal grant to examine the effects of ecstasy use in young adults
University of Cincinnati researchers will examine genetics and brain imaging as they zero in on ecstasy's affects on the still-developing brains of adolescents and young adults. (2009-10-19)

New study uses wastewater to map large-scale patterns of illicit drug use
A team of researchers has mapped patterns of illicit drug use across the US state of Oregon using a method of sampling municipal wastewater before it is treated. (2009-07-17)

Wastewater used to map illicit drug use
A team of researchers has mapped patterns of illicit drug use across the state of Oregon using a method of sampling municipal wastewater before it is treated. Their findings provide a one-day snapshot of drug excretion that can be used to better understand patterns of drug use in multiple municipalities over time. (2009-07-15)

Knock-out drugs: Narrow window for detection
Drug-facilitated sexual crimes are increasing. The Bonn Institute for Forensic Medicine has recorded that the number of examinations on the use of intoxicants in sexual offenses within their catchment area increased tenfold between 1997 and 2006. In the current edition of Deutsches Arzteblatt International, Burkhard Madea and Frank Musshoff present the modes of action and the detection windows for the most frequent substances. (2009-05-29)

Ecstasy could help patients with post-traumatic stress disorder
Ecstasy may help suffers of post-traumatic stress learn to deal with their memories more effectively by encouraging a feeling of safety, according to an article in the Journal of Psychopharmacology published today by SAGE. (2009-03-09)

February 2009 highlights from Biology of Reproduction
Highlights include: Evidence suggests that human male fertility is impacted by long-term exposure to marijuana; and although mammalian males can reproduce until late in life, evidence of hazards to offspring has emerged in human and animal models. (2009-01-21)

University of Arizona College of Pharmacy researcher to study street drug ecstasy
The National Institute on Drug Abuse has awarded a researcher at The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy $1.7 million for a nearly five-year study of the long-term adverse effects of the street drug ecstasy, also known as the (2008-11-14)

Pleasure seekers: Clubbing is a controlled rave experience
Clubbers -- people who dance the night away in dance clubs -- are seeking communal, ecstatic experiences. And, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, modern clubbers get a more controlled, legalized version of the raves of the late 1980s and early 1990s. (2008-10-13)

Young people are intentionally taking drink and drugs for better sex
Teenagers and young adults across Europe drink and take drugs as part of deliberate sexual strategies. Findings published today in BioMed Central's open access journal, BMC Public Health, reveal that a third of 16-35 year old males and a quarter of females surveyed are drinking alcohol to increase their chances of sex, while cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis are intentionally used to enhance sexual arousal or prolong sex. (2008-05-08)

Club drugs inflict damage similar to traumatic brain injury
University of Florida researchers say certain club drugs trigger a chemical chain reaction in the brain similar to what occurs during traumatic brain injury, leading to cell death, memory loss and potentially irreversible brain damage. (2007-11-29)

Recreational cocaine use may impair inhibitory control
In a study published Nov. 7 in the online, open-access journal PLoS ONE, researchers at Leiden University and the University of Amsterdam, led by Lorenza Colzato, employed the 'stop-signal paradigm' to measure the length of time taken by subjects to initiate and suppress a prepared reaction. The results show that while both recreational users of cocaine and non-users performed similarly in terms of response initiation, users needed significantly more time to inhibit their responses. (2007-11-06)

How dirty is your money?
Drug dealers found with bank notes contaminated with unusually high levels of drugs are now less likely to get away with their crimes, thanks to new evidence from a team led by the University of Bristol, UK. The research finds that geographical location has absolutely no influence on the distribution of drug contamination on bank notes. (2007-09-13)

Breaking up may not be as hard as the song says
A new Northwestern University study shows that lovers, especially those madly in love, do much better -- almost immediately -- following a breakup than they imagined they would. Though the study's love-crazed participants may have felt the type of ecstasy and anticipated the type of despair immortalized in (2007-08-20)

A study relates neural damage provoked by ecstasy with ambient temperature at which it is consumed
There exists a direct relationship between the consumption of MDMA, or ecstasy, at a high ambient temperature and an increase in the neural damage which this drug provokes. This was the conclusion of the research carried out by Beatriz Goñi at the School of Pharmacy of the University of Navarra. (2007-08-03)

Study examines characteristics of female high school students who report steroid use
Steroid use among teen girls is not limited to those involved in competitive athletics and is associated with a cluster of other health-harming behaviors, including smoking and taking diet pills, according to results of a national survey published in the June issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2007-06-04)

Low doses of ecstasy associated with decline in verbal memory
Even low doses of Ecstasy may be associated with a decline in language-related memory, according to a report in the June issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2007-06-04)

Leading toxicologist warns against new drug of abuse
An internationally recognized toxicologist at the University of Newcastle has warned of the dangers of abusing the drug benzylpiperazine. (2007-04-27)

A new 'matrix of harm' for drugs of abuse
A new study published today in the Lancet proposes that drugs should be classified by the amount of harm that they do, rather than the sharp A, B and C divisions in the UK Misuse of Drugs Act. The new ranking places alcohol and tobacco in the upper half of the league table. These socially accepted drugs were judged more harmful than cannabis, and substantially more dangerous than the Class A drugs LSD and ecstasy. (2007-03-22)

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