Study identifies overdose risk factors in youth with substance use disorders
Apr 24, 2018
A team of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has identified factors that may increase the risk of drug overdose in adolescents and young adults. In their report published online in the Journal of Clinical ...
Buprenorphine may be safer than methadone if treatment duration is longer, study suggests
Apr 20, 2018
The less commonly prescribed opioid substitute buprenorphine may be safer than methadone for problem opioid users, especially if used during the first month of treatment, according to a study which includes University of ...
Medical doctors with addictions fear professional repercussions if they seek treatment
Apr 20, 2018
Fear of dismissal or of losing their authorisation keeps medical doctors trapped in substance use disorders, and instead of seeking help they attempt self-treatment. This is shown by a new study from Aarhus University.
People who use medical marijuana more likely to use and misuse prescription drugs
Apr 18, 2018
Can medical marijuana help to fight the opioid epidemic? Many believe that it can. But a new study finds that people who use medical marijuana actually have higher rates of medical and non-medical prescription drug use—including ...
Review by researcher calls for pill testing to be part of Australia's Drug Strategy
Apr 09, 2018
On-site testing of 'party drug' pills could reduce the harms caused by drug use and potentially save lives, according to an independent review of Australia's National Drug Strategy, published in the open access Harm Reduction ...
Binge-eating mice reveal obesity clues
Apr 09, 2018
Obesity is a growing issue in many countries, accelerated by easy access to calorie-dense foods that are pleasurable to eat (known as an 'obesogenic environment'). But while it's clear that eating too much leads to weight ...
Web-based program may help address underage drinking
Apr 05, 2018
A new study supports the use of a brief, web-based program alone and in combination with a parent campaign for preventing alcohol consumption among adolescents transitioning from middle school to high school.
Drug use can have social benefits, and acknowledging this could improve rehabilitation
Apr 02, 2018
Illicit drug use is often framed in terms of risk and antisocial or criminal behaviour. But drug use is often a highly social activity. For many people, the pleasure of using drugs is about social connection as much as it ...
After addiction, the long road back to good health
Mar 29, 2018
Before Kevin M.'s drinking problem began, before he became what he calls a "frequent flyer" in the Yale New Haven Hospital emergency department (ED), he was a policeman in Hollywood, Florida. There, he became involved in ...
AI tool promotes positive peer groups to tackle substance abuse
Mar 22, 2018
When it comes to fighting substance abuse, research suggests the company you keep can make the difference between recovery and relapse. So, while group intervention programs can play an important role in preventing substance ...