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Prescribing heroin can help treatment resistant addicts
Supervised prescription of a combination of methadone plus heroin is feasible, safe, and effective in reducing the many physical, mental, and social problems of heroin addicts, according to Dutch researchers in this week's BMJ. (2003-08-07)

Prescription of heroin is less costly for society
Prescribing methadone plus heroin to chronic, treatment resistant addicts is less costly than methadone alone because it reduces criminal behaviour, finds a study in this week's BMJ. (2005-06-02)

Aboriginal people with heroin addiction are less likely to use methadone therapy
Aboriginal people who use heroin are less likely than their non-Aboriginal counterparts to use methadone maintenance therapy for treatment of their addiction, according to new research from British Columbia, Canada. (2007-07-02)

Supply and demand and illicit drugs
A study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal reports the largest seizure of heroin in Canadian history actually had no impact on the injection use of heroin or on perceived availability of the drug on the street. (2003-01-20)

Study suggests Switzerland's liberal drug policy works
Switzerland's policy of offering heroin addicts substitution treatment with methadone or buprenorphine has led to a decline in the number of new heroin users in Zurich, according to a paper published in this week's issue of The Lancet. (2006-06-01)

Should heroin be prescribed to addicts?
In this week's BMJ experts debate whether heroin should be prescribed to addicts who are difficult to treat. (2008-01-10)

Successful lab tests on a potential vaccine for heroin addiction
Scientists are reporting development and successful initial laboratory tests on the key ingredient for a much-needed vaccine to help individuals addicted to heroin abstain from the illicit drug. Their study appears in ACS' Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. (2011-07-20)

Beating the poppy seed defense: New test can distinguish heroin use from seed ingestion
Heroin is one of the most widely used illegal drugs in the world, but drug testing has long been challenged by the difficulty in separating results of illicit heroin users from those who have innocently eaten poppy seeds containing a natural opiate. Research in Drug Testing and Analysis explores a new test which may present a solution to this so-called (2014-01-07)

Opiate addiction spreading, becoming more complex
The growing availability of heroin, combined with programs aimed at curbing prescription painkiller abuse, may be changing the face of opiate addiction in the US, according to sociologists. (2015-08-17)

NDRI researchers report on transitions to injecting drug use among noninjecting heroin users
In a study reported in the current issue of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, scientists from the National Development and Research Institutes, Inc. (NDRI) report on a study of street-recruited heroin users in New York City, who were not injecting, to determine the incidence and predictors of making a transition to injecting. Dr. Alan Neaigus and his colleagues examined the relationship of social network influence and current individual susceptibility on this transition. (2006-05-05)

Heroin's use rising, costing society more than $51 billion
Heroin use in the United States was estimated to cost society more than $51 billion in 2015, according to new research at the University of Illinois at Chicago. (2017-06-08)

Demographic of heroin users change in past 50 years
Heroin users nowadays are predominantly white men and women in their late 20s living outside large urban areas who were first introduced to opioids through prescription drugs compared to the 1960s when heroin users tended to be young urban men whose opioid abuse started with heroin. (2014-05-28)

Does prescribing heroin to heroin addicts work?
Researchers from Switzerland report, in this week's Lancet, success with a controversial heroin-assisted treatment programme for chronically addicted heroin addicts who failed to respond to traditional treatments. (2001-10-25)

Long-term brain changes persist years after drug abuse and recovery
It's known that brain changes are present in drug addicts even when they have been abstinent for a short period of time. Now new research shows that alterations persist in long-term abstinent heroin-depended individuals as well. (2015-08-18)

Prevalence of heroin use rises in decade, greatest increase among whites
The proportion of the population using heroin and having heroin use disorder increased over the decade from 2001 through 2013, with the greatest increases among whites, and nonmedical use of prescription opioids before heroin use increased among white users only, according to a new article published online by JAMA Psychiatry. (2017-03-29)

Occasional heroin use may worsen HIV infection
Researchers at Yale and Boston University and their Russian collaborators have found that occasional heroin use by HIV-positive patients may be particularly harmful to the immune system and worsens HIV disease, compared to persistent or no heroin use. The findings are published in the journal AIDS and Behavior. (2014-12-15)

On the rise: Painkiller abusers who also use heroin
Drug abusers are not completely abandoning prescription opioids for heroin, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Instead, many use the two concurrently based on their availability. The findings also reveal regional variations in the use of heroin and prescription painkillers. (2015-10-28)

Stress hormone reduces heroin cravings
Every addiction is characterized by a strong desire for a certain addictive substance, be it nicotine, alcohol or other drug. Researchers at the University of Basel in Switzerland recently conducted a study on heroin addiction and demonstrated that the stress hormone cortisol can reduce addictive cravings. The findings from the research have been published in the medical journal Translational Psychiatry. (2015-07-28)

Acupuncture normalizes brain structure and damaged neurons following heroin relapse
Acupuncture normalizes brain structure and damaged neurons following heroin relapse. (2014-04-09)

Heroin users' mystery a hope for back pain sufferers
A WORLD-FIRST study of acute pain in former heroin users could also benefit thousands of people who suffer from chronic back pain. (2001-07-02)

Teens abusing painkillers are more likely to later use heroin
A USC study in the July 8, 2019 issue of JAMA Pediatrics shows that teens who use prescription opioids to get high are more likely to start using heroin by high school graduation. (2019-07-08)

Treatment with buprenorphine should be widespread to reduce heroin dependency problems
Treatment with buprenorphine increases the time heroin addicts remain abstinent and the time taken for them to relapse compared with naltrexone and placebo. Thus maintenance treatment with buprenorphine could be widely disseminated as an effective public-health approach to reduce problems associated with heroin dependence. These are the conclusions of authors of an article published in this week's edition of the Lancet. (2008-06-26)

Fingerprint test can distinguish between those who have taken or handled heroin
A state-of-the-art fingerprint detection technology can identify traces of heroin on human skin, even after someone has washed their hands -- and it is also smart enough to tell whether an individual has used the drug or shaken hands with someone who has handled it. (2019-11-11)

Heroin use spikes among whites who abuse prescription painkillers
Researchers looked at the frequency of nonmedical prescription opioid use and the risk of heroin-related behaviors and found that past-year heroin use rose among individuals taking opioids like oxycontin and these increases varied by race and ethnicity. The most significant rise in heroin use was among Hispanics and non-Hispanic whites, where the rate of heroin use for the latter group increased by 75 percent in 2008-2011 compared to earlier years. (2015-04-27)

Drug users switch to heroin because it's cheap, easy to get
A nationwide survey of heroin users indicates that they are attracted to the drug not only for the 'high' but because it is less expensive and easier to get than prescription painkillers, and Washington University researchers have found that many suburban drug users have made the switch. (2014-05-28)

Growing number of teens think getting heroin is 'probably impossible'
How easy do adolescents think it is to get heroin? A Saint Louis University researcher examines how their perceptions have changed from 2002 to 2014. (2017-02-20)

Combining medication, family counseling improves treatment outcome for men who abuse heroin
A study led by a University at Buffalo researcher has shown that combining medication and family treatment leads to improved outcomes in male heroin abusers. (2003-11-18)

Opioid abuse leads to heroin use and a hepatitis C epidemic, USC researcher says
Heroin is worse than other drugs because people inject it much sooner, potentially resulting in increased risk of injection-related epidemics such as hepatitis C and HIV, a Keck School of Medicine of USC study shows. As more people use opioids, many switch to heroin because it's more potent and cheaper - a trend that complicates disease prevention as health officials crack down on opioids. (2018-02-22)

Combining heroin and commonly prescribed non-opioid pain killers leads to a significant rise in overdose deaths
A multi-disciplinary study has shown that the recent substantial increase in prescriptions for two drugs, pregabalin and gabapentin, used widely for a range of neurological disorders is closely correlated with a rise in the number of overdose deaths in England and Wales. These drugs have become drugs of abuse, according to new University of Bristol findings published in Addiction, which highlight that they are especially dangerous when used with heroin or other opioids. (2017-05-11)

Benefits of heroin treatment for drug users
Drug users who do not benefit from conventional treatments for heroin addiction should be able to access the drug through the health system, urges a Canadian expert in The BMJ today. (2015-04-14)

U.S. In The Midst Of A Heroin Epidemic, But Many Overdose Deaths Can Be Prevented
The number of heroin overdoses is increasing across the U.S. at an alarming rate, but many of the related deaths are preventable, according to a new report. (1999-04-06)

New treatment option for heroin addiction
An alternative drug therapy to methadone for the treatment of heroin addiction is proposed by Swedish authors of a study in this week's issue of the Lancet. (2003-02-20)

Research brief: Vaccines to treat opioid abuse and prevent fatal overdoses
A team of scientists from the University of Minnesota Medical School and Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation at Hennepin Healthcare is developing vaccines against heroin and prescription opioids, such as oxycodone and fentanyl. (2018-04-11)

New research shows heroin use falling across Scotland
A new report by the University of Glasgow reveals that the number of people misusing heroin in Scotland has dropped. The research shows a near eight per cent drop in the number of problem drug users since 2000. (2005-01-19)

Long-term UCLA study of heroin addicts details drug's severe personal and social toll across three decades
A 33-year study of heroin addicts by UCLA researchers details the severe personal and social consequences of dependence on the drug, and the heavy odds against permanent abstinence by long-term addicts. The researchers urge a greater emphasis on incremental treatment goals for heroin addicts. (2001-05-13)

Quasi-legal drug 15 times stronger than heroin hides in plain sight
Emergency physicians should expect 'an upswing in what on the surface appear to be heroin overdoses,' but are actually overdoses tied to acetyl fentanyl, an opiate that is mixed into street drugs marketed as heroin. The looming threat of another unregulated quasi-legal drug is detailed today online in Annals of Emergency Medicine -- 'The Potential Threat of Acetyl Fentanyl: Legal Issues, Contaminated Heroin, and Acetyl Fentanyl 'Disguised' as Other Opiates.' (2014-08-18)

Heroin use rises significantly among young whites
Heroin use and heroin use disorder have increased significantly among American adults since 2001, according to new research at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. The portion of Americans using heroin has climbed five-fold in the last decade, and clinically defined heroin dependence has more than tripled. Increases were greatest among males, whites, those with low income and little education, and for heroin use disorder, in younger individuals. (2017-03-29)

Heroin-addicted individuals have unique brain disturbances resembling those of Alzheimer's
Herion-addicted individuals have alterations in the expression a gene called FYN - a gene known to regulate the production of Tau, a protein that is highly elevated and implicated in neurocognitive disorders like Alzheimer's disease. The study emphasizes that opioid use can affect the brain in a way that might increase vulnerability of neural systems that trigger neurodegeneration later in life; however, since these changes are epigenetic (alterations in gene function that are influenced by environmental factors and not alterations of the DNA itself), they are reversible and medications that have already been developed to target FYN for neurodegenerative disorders may be studied as a novel treatment for opioid addiction. (2020-09-14)

Black tar heroin use explains lower HIV levels among injection drug users in the Western US
UCSF researchers have found that use of black tar heroin by injection drug users in West Coast cities accounts for a dramatically lower percentage of IDUs in these locations who are infected with HIV. The finding is based on comparison to East Coast cities, where powder heroin is commonly used. (2004-01-26)

A wakefulness molecule is abundant in the brains of heroin addicts
Researchers have discovered that the brains of heroin addicts harbor a greater number of neurons that produce hypocretin, a molecule involved in arousal and wakefulness, and one lacking in abundance in people with narcolepsy. In mice with narcolepsy, these researchers went on to show, administering morphine -- an opioid similar. (2018-06-27)

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