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Cost-effective ways to combat HIV risk among intravenous drug users identified

With the abuse of opioids on the rise in the United States, researchers are concerned that increased HIV transmission from shared needles won't be far behind.

Street gangs, crime serve as deviant leisure activities for youths

Street gang membership, criminal activities provide deviant leisure activities for at-risk youths, suggests a new study.

Rise in lung adenocarcinoma linked to 'light' cigarette use

So-called 'light' cigarettes have no health benefits to smokers and have likely contributed to the rise of a certain form of lung cancer that occurs deep in the lungs, new research has found.

Smokers will spend around £2000 a year on cigarettes as plain, standardized packs come into full force

All tobacco products sold in the UK will now come in plain standardized packaging, as decades of harmful marketing tactics by the tobacco industry draw to a close.

Popular weight-loss surgery puts patients at high risk for alcohol problems

One in five patients who undergo one of the most popular weight-loss surgical procedures is likely to develop problems with alcohol, with symptoms sometimes not appearing until years after their surgery, according to one of the largest, longest-running studies of adults who got weight-loss surgery.

Nonprescription use of Ritalin linked to adverse side effects, study finds

New research has explored the potential side effects of the stimulant drug Ritalin on those without ADHD showed changes in brain chemistry associated with risk-taking behavior, sleep disruption and other undesirable effects.

Trying new marijuana products and edibles is associated with unexpected highs

Unexpected highs are a consequence of using new marijuana products and edibles, products that have flooded the marijuana market since legalization of recreational marijuana use.

Combining heroin, commonly prescribed non-opioid pain killers leads to a significant rise in overdose deaths

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, a multi-disciplinary study has shown. Show More Summary

Who in Europe drinks the most? The rich

For the first time, researchers have found a way to compare how much alcohol Europeans drink. And Britain, Ireland and Portugal top the list.

Bullying's lasting impact

A new study found that kids who are bullied in fifth grade are more likely to suffer from depression in seventh grade; and have a greater likelihood of using alcohol, marijuana or tobacco in tenth grade.

Alcohol marketing in popular movies doubles in past two decades

Alcohol brand placements in popular movies of all ratings nearly doubled during the past two decades, new research shows, but particularly in child-rated movies. Researchers found the alcohol brands on the movie set are often those young people report drinking the most.

Neuroscientists seek brain basis of craving in addiction and binge eating

A new article details the first step in revealing how craving works in the brain. Scientists have now proposed a quantitative model for drug addiction research. The model focuses on craving: the intense, urgent feeling of needing or wanting drugs. Their ongoing research and subsequent findings have the potential to open a new frontier of alcohol and substance abuse treatment.

Antidepressant may enhance drug delivery to the brain

Pairing the antidepressant amitriptyline with drugs designed to treat central nervous system diseases, enhances drug delivery to the brain by inhibiting the blood-brain barrier in rats, new research shows. The blood-brain barrier serves as a natural, protective boundary, preventing most drugs from entering the brain.

New evidence finds standardized cigarette packaging may reduce the number of people who smoke

Standardized tobacco packaging may lead to a reduction in smoking prevalence and reduces the appeal of tobacco, new research concludes.

Do medical marijuana laws promote illicit cannabis use and disorder?

Illicit cannabis use and cannabis use disorders increased at a greater rate in states that passed medical marijuana laws than in other states, according to latest research. The new study is among the first to analyze the differencesShow More Summary

'Alarmingly high' risk of death for people with opioid use disorder in general medical care

Almost one-fifth of patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) in a large healthcare system died during a four-year follow-up period, reports a new study.

Effects of alcoholism on the brain's reward system may be different in women than in men

Medical researchers have found evidence implying that alcoholism may have different effects on the reward system in the brains of women than it does in men.

What Happens During an Overdose?

As the opioid epidemic continues to spread across the country, overdoses are becoming increasingly common. To learn what happens when someone overdoses, watch this short video.

The Trump Administration vs The Opioid Epidemic

Political opinions aside, we can all agree that how the Trump administration handles the current opioid epidemic is crucial and will have a tremendous impact on the nation. During his campaign, Trump described the rising number of opioid-related overdoses as a “crippling problem throughout the United States” and vowed to make it one of the … Continued

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