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Opioid users could benefit from meth-relapse prevention strategy, study finds
SCIENCE DAILY New research raises the possibility that a wider group of people battling substance use disorders may benefit from a relapse-prevention compound than previously thought. 17 hours
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SCIENCE DAILY A new study shows that skin stem cells, modified via CRISPR and transplanted back to donor mice, can protect addicted mice from cocaine-seeking and overdose. 17 hours
GOP, Dems unite behind Senate bill fighting addictive drugs
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Here’s how many U.S. kids are vaping marijuana
SCIENCE-NEWS A new study suggests that nearly 1 in 11 middle and high school students in the United States has vaped marijuana, raising concerns about addiction. 1 day
Ensysce receives award from NIDA to undertake development of opioid overdose protection platform
NEWS MEDICAL Ensysce Biosciences Inc. today announced receipt of Notice of Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a four year award to... 1 day
To avoid overdoses, some test their heroin before taking it
ABC NEWS The newest tool in the fight against opioid overdoses is an inexpensive test strip that can detect the presence of a potentially deadly painkiller 1 day
New US survey shows some progress against opioid crisis
ABC NEWS A U.S. government survey shows some progress in the fight against the ongoing opioid addiction crisis 4 days
Medical News Today: Using the immune system to combat addiction
MNT An unlikely relationship between immune proteins and addictive behavior may help researchers design innovative ways to tackle cravings and beat addiction. 4 days
Study: Poor older Americans most likely to rely on prescription opioids
NEWS MEDICAL Among older Americans, the poorest are the most likely to have used prescription opioids, according to a University at Buffalo study providing new insights into unexplored... 6 days
Cocaine addiction traced to increase in number of orexin neurons
SCIENCE DAILY A new study identifies a critical role of the orexin system in the expression of an addicted state in rats. 6 days
Updated Apple system takes on smartphone addiction
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Cocaine-addicted rats show long-lasting increases in number of orexin neurons
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Nearly one in three opioid prescriptions in the US not justified, finds analysis
NEWS MEDICAL According to a nationwide analysis of physician visit records conducted by a team of researchers at Harvard Medical School and the RAND... 7 days
Medical News Today: What's the difference between Vicodin and tramadol?
MNT Tramadol and Vicodin are pain relief medications that a doctor may prescribe when over-the-counter (OTC) medications do not prove effective. Both medications are opioids and are very powerful.... 7 days
Inhaled form of high blood pressure drug has potential to treat anxiety, pain
NEWS MEDICAL An inhaled form of a high blood pressure medication has potential to treat certain types of anxiety as well as pain, according... 7 days
Concentric receives Breakthrough Therapy designation from FDA for CA-008 in post-surgical pain
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Mental imagery techniques regulate pain through opioid-independent mechanisms
NEWS MEDICAL Mentally reframing pain as a pleasant experience is an effective regulation strategy that acts independently of the opioid system, finds new human research published in JNeurosci. 1 week
RAND establishes research center for combating opioid epidemic
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Study raises concerns about inappropriate opioid prescribing, lax documentation practices
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WATCH: Doctors providing opioids without proper documentation: Study
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Mental imagery manages pain independent of opioid system
SCIENCE DAILY Mentally reframing pain as a pleasant experience is an effective regulation strategy that acts independently of the opioid system, finds new human research. The study supports clinical use of mental imagery techniques,... 1 week
Binge drinking affects male and female brains differently
SCIENCE DAILY Repeated binge drinking activates genes in an area of the brain linked to addiction differently in males and females. Genes associated with hormone signaling and immune function are affected by repeated binge... 1 week
Male and female brains are affected differently by repeated binge drinking
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FDA approves Cassipa sublingual film for maintenance treatment of opioid dependence
NEWS MEDICAL The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Cassipa (buprenorphine and naloxone) sublingual film (applied under the tongue) for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependence. 2 weeks
A new generation of pain medications
SCIENCE DAILY Researchers have developed a new generation of pain medications. The researchers used computer simulations to develop new opioids that will only work at sites affected by injury or inflammation. These drugs can prevent the occurrence of... 2 weeks
Immune system that fights infection could join battle against opioid addiction
NEWS MEDICAL The same immune system that fights infection and the flu could join the battle against opioid addiction, new research out of the Vanderbilt Center for Addiction... 2 weeks
Facial plastic surgeons call for reduction of opioid prescriptions after rhinoplasty
SCIENCE DAILY A team of surgeons found that, of 173 patients undergoing rhinoplasty, a common procedure performed in the facial plastic and reconstructive surgery field, only two refilled... 2 weeks
Maryland charges opioid maker with major misconduct
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Maryland charges opioid drugmaker with 'deceptive' scheme
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BlueCross of Tennessee will stop covering OxyContin in 2019
ABC NEWS Tennessee's largest health insurer will stop covering OxyContin prescriptions as part of an effort to combat opioid addiction 2 weeks
Nursing viewpoints on opioid crisis
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Immune system may join battle against opioid addiction
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Fentanyl deaths in Alaska quadrupled in 2017: Report
ABC NEWS A new report says overdose deaths in Alaska involving the synthetic opioid fentanyl more than quadrupled last year 2 weeks
Report: Fentanyl deaths in Alaska quadrupled in 2017
ABC NEWS A new report says overdose deaths in Alaska involving the synthetic opioid fentanyl more than quadrupled last year 2 weeks
Inspired By Her Own Pain, A Researcher Explores Alternatives To Opioid Treatments
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Major opioid maker to pay for overdose-antidote development
ABC NEWS With lawsuits mounting, maker of OxyContin provides grant for nonprofit pharmaceutical company to speed development of lower-cost overdose antidote 2 weeks
Immune system emerges as potential partner in opioid cravings fight
SCIENCE DAILY New research shows there's promise in specific immune system peptides -- amino acid compounds that signal cells how to function. In this case, they may be affecting brain... 2 weeks
Rudy Giuliani’s consulting firm had hand in halting Florida’s opioid investigation
NEWS MEDICAL Six months after hiring former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani's consulting firm, Purdue Pharma settled a Florida state investigation that had threatened to expose early... 2 weeks
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