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National focus on overdose prevention should include alcohol too, study suggests
The need to prevent and rapidly treat opioid overdoses is in the spotlight. (2019-10-11)
A safer way for police to test drug evidence
Scientists have demonstrated a way for police to quickly and safely test whether a baggie or other package contains illegal drugs without having to handle any suspicious contents directly. (2019-09-17)
Brain cells that suppress drug cravings may be the secret to better addiction medicines
Scientists from Scripps Research have shed light on poorly understood brain mechanisms that suppress drug and alcohol cravings, uncovering new insights that may help in the development of better addiction medicines. (2019-09-09)
Chronic cocaine use modifies gene expression
Chronic cocaine use changes gene expression in the hippocampus, according to research in mice recently published in JNeurosci. (2019-09-02)
What we don't know about prenatal opioid exposure
'Will the baby be OK?' In cases of prenatal opioid exposure, the answer is unclear. (2019-08-28)
Spending on illicit drugs in US nears $150 billion annually
Spending on cannabis, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine fluctuated between $120 billion and $145 billion each year from 2006 to 2016, rivaling what Americans spend each year on alcohol, according to a new study. (2019-08-20)
Coca and conflict: the factors fuelling Colombian deforestation
Deforestation in Colombia has been linked to armed conflict and forests' proximity to coca crops, the plant from which cocaine is derived. (2019-08-13)
Analysis shows large decline in criminal sentencing race gap
Racial and ethnic gaps in criminal sentences have declined, in some cases significantly, since the mid-1990s, a new analysis of state, county and federal data suggests. (2019-08-13)
Adults who mix cannabis with opioids for pain report higher anxiety, depression
Not a good mix: A researcher from the University of Houston has found that adults who combine prescription opioids for severe pain and cannabis report elevated anxiety and depression symptoms, with no increased pain reduction. (2019-08-12)
Blocking dopamine weakens effects of cocaine
Blocking dopamine receptors in different regions of the amygdala reduces drug seeking and taking behavior with varying longevity, according to research in rats published in eNeuro. (2019-07-29)
People are more likely to try drugs for the first time during the summer
American teenagers and adults are more likely to try illegal or recreational drugs for the first time in the summer, a new study shows. (2019-07-23)
MRI plays a role in diagnosis of cocaine-related damage to the heart
Cardiac MRI has a pivotal role to play in the diagnosis of cocaine-induced cardiovascular diseases, according to a new article. (2019-06-13)
Polysubstance use, social factors associated with opioid overdose deaths
A new study led by Boston Medical Center's Grayken Center for Addiction shows that opioid-related overdose deaths involving another substance is now the norm, not the exception, in Massachusetts. (2019-05-29)
Study may help prevent relapse in cocaine use disorder patients
Brazilian researchers combined cognitive dysfunction tests with an analysis of drug use patterns to identify patients at high risk of relapse after treatment. (2019-05-16)
Ancient ritual bundle contained multiple psychotropic plants
A thousand years ago, Native Americans in South America used multiple psychotropic plants -- possibly simultaneously -- to induce hallucinations and altered consciousness, according to an international team of anthropologists. (2019-05-06)
New study finds river wildlife contain cocaine, pharmaceuticals and pesticides
For the first time, researchers at King's College London, in collaboration with the University of Suffolk, have found a diverse array of chemicals, including illicit drugs and pesticides in UK river wildlife. (2019-04-30)
Cell-type specific mechanism for formation and retrieval of cocaine-associated memories
A Japan-based research team led by Kanazawa University has revealed neuronal mechanisms underlying the formation and retrieval of cocaine use-associated memories. (2019-04-15)
Performance-enhancing drugs may increase risk of teen cocaine abuse, impair fertility
Performance-enhancing steroid use could increase the risk of cocaine use and addiction in teens, according to a new rodent study. (2019-04-08)
Psychostimulants play a major role in fatal strokes among young adults
An estimated 76 million people use psychostimulants, which include illicit drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine, and 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, as well as prescription stimulants. (2019-04-03)
Team models cocaine trafficking response to counternarcotic efforts
A new computer model offers a much-needed, evidence-based tool to assess different cocaine interception scenarios and predict how drug smugglers react to attempts by authorities to intercept their narcotics. (2019-04-02)
'NarcoLogic' computer model shows unintended consequences of cocaine interdiction
Efforts to curtail the flow of cocaine into the United States from South America have made drug trafficking operations more widespread and harder to eradicate. (2019-04-02)
Drugs used to enhance sexual experiences, especially in UK
Combining drugs with sex is common regardless of gender or sexual orientation, reveals new research by UCL and the Global Drug Survey into global trends of substance-linked sex. (2019-04-01)
Brain research reveals a circuit for cocaine relapse
Researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina have identified which neurons are responsible for cocaine-seeking behaviors in rodents and where these neurons exert their effects within the brain. (2019-03-18)
Heart attacks increasingly common in young adults
Even though fewer heart attacks are occurring in the US -- in large part due to the use of medications like statins and a decline in smoking -- these events are steadily rising in very young adults. (2019-03-07)
Menstrual cycle phase influences cocaine craving
Menstrual cycle may influence addiction risk in women, according to a new study in Biological Psychiatry by researchers at the National Institute on Drug Abuse and University of Maryland School of Medicine. (2019-03-05)
University of Guelph researchers uncover why environmental cues make drug addiction extra hard to beat
Besides triggering the brain's emotional and stimulus-response systems, environmental cues activate areas where memories are processed, according to this University of Guelph study. (2019-02-27)
A gene involved in ADHD could be related to addictive substance use
Some variations in the gene LPHN3-associated with the attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in kids and adults -- could favor likelihood to smoke, consume alcohol, cannabis and other addictive substances, according to an article published in the journal Translational Psychiatry, from the Nature Publishing Group. (2019-02-25)
MDMA users more empathetic than other drug users
Long-term MDMA users have higher levels of empathy than cannabis and other drugs users, new research suggests. (2019-02-08)
Women's hormones play role in drug addiction, higher relapse rates
Female-specific interventions are needed, but in the meantime, treatment centers could use this study to educate women about their stronger mental connections to places and objects. (2019-02-08)
Unexpected results suggest a few joints may not harm men's sperm
Researchers investigating the effect of cannabis smoking on men's testicular function have made the unexpected discovery that it is linked to higher sperm counts and higher testosterone levels among moderate users compared to men who never smoked it. (2019-02-05)
Erasing memories associated with cocaine use reduces drug seeking behavior
Researchers identified the brain circuits that form memories associating environmental cues with cocaine use. (2019-01-22)
Born to run: just not on cocaine
A study finds a surprising response to cocaine in a novel strain of mutant mice -- they failed to show hyperactivity seen in normal mice when given cocaine and didn't run around. (2019-01-16)
UTSA uncovers the disconnect between the brain's dopamine system and cocaine addiction
Now new data by UTSA shows how the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine changes when working for cocaine. (2019-01-10)
Urine drug testing may be important in early phases of addiction treatment
A new study performed by Boston Medical Center shows that urine drug testing can be a useful tool to treat patients with opioid use disorder in a primary care setting. (2018-12-20)
Study highlights correlations between violent death and substance use
Consumption of alcohol or at least one drug was associated with over half the violent deaths that occurred in São Paulo City in the period analyzed. (2018-12-07)
Neuroimaging study reveals 'hot spot' for cue-reactivity in substance-dependent population
Medical University of South Carolina neuroscientists have identified a region of brain that may be a new clinical target to treat addiction. (2018-11-20)
Duke forms prototype of robot dog nose
Every day, thousands of trained K9 dogs sniff out narcotics, explosives and missing people. (2018-11-19)
How exercise could help fight drug addiction
The siren call of addictive drugs can be hard to resist, and returning to the environment where drugs were previously taken can make resistance that much harder. (2018-11-14)
Moving the motivation meter
Rats given the drug that reduced dopamine were much less likely to work for preferred morsels of food. (2018-11-08)
Ohio researchers, partners find meth, similar drug overdoses growing rapidly
The number of overdose deaths involving methamphetamines and amphetamines in the state of Ohio increased more than 5,000 percent over the course of eight years, according to data collected by the Ohio Alliance for Innovation in Population Health. (2018-11-06)
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