Drugs & Alcohol
Trump to keep fighting opioids 'until our job is done'  ABC NEWS · 7 hours
President Donald Trump is pledging to continue battling the deadly epidemic of opioid drug abuse "until our job is done." more
Prolonged exposure therapy is more effective in treating veterans with PTSD, alcohol use disorder  NEWS MEDICAL · 8 hours
Prolonged exposure therapy is more effective at treating PTSD than Seeking Safety, a coping skills therapy, for patients who also... more
The Latest: Trump says he won't stop fighting opioid crisis  ABC NEWS · 9 hours
President Donald Trump says his administration is using every resource it has to fight the nation's opioid crisis more
Microbial contaminants found in popular e-cigarettes  SCIENCE DAILY · 9 hours
Popular electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) products sold in the US were contaminated with bacterial and fungal toxins, according to new research. more
Trump claims credit for progress in battling opioid epidemic  ABC NEWS · 9 hours
President Donald Trump is claiming credit for progress in battling the opioid epidemic more
Effectiveness of different forms of nicotine replacement therapy in helping people give up smoking  SCIENCE DAILY · 11 hours
New evidence published in the Cochrane Library provides high quality evidence that people who use a combination of nicotine replacement... more
E-cigarettes contaminated with dangerous microbial toxins  NEWS MEDICAL · 12 hours
Researchers have discovered that many popular e-cigarette products are contaminated with microbial toxins that are known to cause a range of health problems more
Rehab patients' unpaid work for big companies likely illegal  ABC NEWS · 13 hours
A nationally renowned drug rehab program in Texas and Louisiana has sent patients struggling with addiction to work for free for some of the biggest companies in America, likely in... more
Amid opioid prescriber crackdown, health officials reach out to pain patients  NEWS MEDICAL · 15 hours
A pharmacist in Celina, Tenn., was one of 60 people indicted on charges of opioid-related crimes last week, in a multistate sting. John Polston was charged... more
Quantum distillery for light  nanowerk · 17 hours
The distillation of spirits increases the content of alcohol relative to the water content. A similar method works on light quanta - photons. It extracts individual photons from a light source, reduces the unwanted vacuum component, and heralds this event. more
Bacterial and fungal toxins found in popular electronic cigarettes  NEWS MEDICAL · 18 hours
Popular electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) products sold in the U.S. were contaminated with bacterial and fungal toxins, according to new research from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. more
Screenings, interventions, and referrals can help adolescents overcome substance abuse  NEWS MEDICAL · 19 hours
Kaiser Permanente researchers find long-term benefits for patients and health organizations that employ screenings, interventions, and referrals. more
Cochrane Review looks at different ways to use nicotine replacement therapies  NEWS MEDICAL · 20 hours
New evidence published in the Cochrane Library provides high quality evidence that people who use a combination of nicotine replacement therapies (a patch plus a short... more
Indictment: Ex-CEO ignored red flags as opioid crisis raged  ABC NEWS · 1 day
The former head of a drug distributor has been indicted on criminal charges stemming from the opioid crisis more
Supreme Court struggles with Wisconsin drunken driving law  ABC NEWS · 1 day
The Supreme Court is grappling with a Wisconsin law allows law enforcement to draw blood without a warrant from suspected drunken drivers who have become unconscious more
Medical News Today: Is it safe to mix Flagyl and alcohol?  MNT · 1 day
Doctors advise people to avoid drinking alcohol when taking the antibiotic Flagyl. This is because serious drug interactions and side effects can occur. Learn more here. more
Feds: Ex-CEO is first drug exec indicted in opioid crisis  ABC NEWS · 1 day
The former head of a drug distributor has been indicted on what federal prosecutors say are the first-ever criminal charges against a drug company executive stemming from the... more
Walgreens to hike minimum age for store tobacco sales  ABC NEWS · 1 day
Walgreens has decided to ban tobacco sales to minors several weeks after a federal official called the drugstore chain a top violator of laws restricting access to cigarettes, smokeless tobacco... more
Traditional and e-cigarette users may be more receptive to smoking cessation interventions  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
A study by MassGeneral Hospital for Children researchers finds that parents who use both traditional cigarettes and e-cigarettes may be more receptive to smoking... more
Insights on marijuana and opioid use in people with cancer  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
A new study reveals that many people with cancer use marijuana, and rates of use in the US have increased over time. The study also found that patients... more
Many cancer patients use marijuana and prescription opioids, study reveals  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
A new study reveals that many people with cancer use marijuana, and rates of use in the U.S. have increased over time. more
Smoking cessation during pregnancy associated with reduced risk of preterm birth  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
There is an important association between maternal cigarette smoking cessation during pregnancy and risk of preterm birth, according to a new Dartmouth-led study published in JAMA... more
Opioid dose variability could lead to increased risk of overdose, study suggests  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
Patients prescribed opioid pain medications whose doses varied over time were 3 times more likely to experience an overdose than patients prescribed stable opioid... more
FDA grants approval of first generic naloxone nasal spray to treat opioid overdose  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today granted final approval of the first generic naloxone hydrochloride nasal spray, commonly known as Narcan,... more
Marijuana users weigh less compared to non-users  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
New evidence from Michigan State University suggests that those who smoke cannabis, or marijuana, weigh less compared to adults who don't. more
US authorities: Marijuana involvement imperils citizenship  ABC NEWS · 5 days
Immigration authorities on Friday said that anyone with any involvement with marijuana, regardless of whether it's legal in the state they live in, can be denied from citizenship because the drug is still outlawed by federal... more
Marijuana users weigh less, defying the munchies  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
New evidence suggests that those who smoke cannabis, or marijuana, weigh less compared to adults who don't. The findings are contrary to the belief that marijuana users who have a serious case of the... more
The secret to a stable society? A steady supply of beer doesn't hurt  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Scientists analyzed bits of beer vessels from an ancient Peruvian brewery to learn what the beer was made of and where the... more
US corporations embracing 420 as pot legalization grows  ABC NEWS · 6 days
April 20 is the day stoners decades ago chose to celebrate their love of marijuana, but as pot legalization expands some mainstream brands are joining the party more
Brands roll with stoner 'holiday' as pot legalization grows  ABC NEWS · 6 days
April 20 is the day stoners decades ago chose to celebrate their love of marijuana, but as pot legalization expands some mainstream brands are joining the party more
Australian heavy drinking trends: Heavy drinkers consuming more than half of all alcohol  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Researchers have found the heaviest drinking 10 percent of Australians drink over half the alcohol consumed in Australia, downing an average of... more
Investigation of illegal painkillers targets 30 in Tennessee  ABC NEWS · 6 days
Federal authorities have charged more than 30 medical professionals in Tennessee with illegally prescribing and distributing millions of prescription painkillers, many of which contained opioids more
US awards $350M in research funds to fight opioid epidemic  ABC NEWS · 6 days
U.S. health officials award $350 million to states struggling with opioid epidemic with goal of cutting overdose deaths by 40% more
The secret to a stable society? A steady supply of beer doesn't hurt  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
A thousand years ago, the Wari empire stretched across Peru. At its height, it covered an area the size of the Eastern... more
Georgia Gov. Kemp signs medical marijuana bill  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp has signed into law a bill that would allow certain patients to access a low-potency cannabis oil they can already legally use more
Medical News Today: Can you drink alcohol with antibiotics?  MNT · 1 week
Alcohol can interact with some antibiotics. This interaction can reduce their effectiveness or cause mild to severe side effects. In this article, we look at whether people should limit alcohol... more
60 people charged in illegal prescription opioid crackdown  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Federal authorities say they have charged 60 people, including 31 doctors, for their roles in illegal prescribing and distributing of opioids and other dangerous drugs more
Researchers explore consumer response to the use of recycled water in wine production  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
With a diminishing supply of safe freshwater in many areas, and increasing periods of drought that further limit that supply, we are... more
Oxytocin blocks excess drinking in alcohol-dependent rats  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
The neuropeptide oxytocin blocks enhanced drinking in alcohol-dependent rats, according to a study published April 16 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology led by Drs. Tunstall, Koob and Vendruscolo of the National Institutes of... more
PCORI’s newly approved awards focus on cancer pain and opioid use disorders  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors today approved $44.6 million to fund 12 studies comparing the best ways to treat a... more
How college students can end up in vicious cycle of substance abuse, poor academics, stress  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
One negative behavior such as substance abuse or heavy alcohol drinking can lead college students toward a vicious... more
Budweiser Brews Limited Lager for Moon Landing 50th Anniversary  SPACE.COM · 1 week
Budweiser has brewed a new limited edition beer in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. more
Oxytocin could help treat alcohol use disorder  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
The neuropeptide oxytocin blocks enhanced drinking in alcohol-dependent rats, according to a new study. more
CVS fined $535K for filling forged Percocet prescriptions  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Drugstore chain CVS Health has agreed to pay a $535,000 penalty to resolve federal allegations that it filled 39 prescriptions for narcotic medications that its pharmacists knew were forged more
Marijuana legalization – a rare issue where women are more conservative than men  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Surveys show that on issue after issue, women are more liberal than men, save for one: Men are more likely than women... more
Smelling your favorite food or beverage could curb cigarette cravings  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Struggling to curb that cigarette habit? A new study has found that people trying quit smoking may benefit from inhaling pleasant-smelling aromas like peppermint, chocolate, or vanilla. more
Indicators of despair rising among Americans entering midlife  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Indicators of despair--depression, suicidal ideation, drug use and alcohol abuse--are rising among Americans in their late 30s and early 40s across most demographic groups, according to new research led by Lauren Gaydosh,... more
Indicators of despair rising among Gen X-ers entering middle age  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Indicators of despair -- depression, suicidal ideation, drug use and alcohol abuse -- are rising among Americans in their late 30s and early 40s across most demographic groups,... more
Neuronal mechanisms underlying formation and retrieval of cocaine-associated memories  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
The environmental context in which addicts experience the rewarding effects of cocaine can readily elicit cocaine-associated memories. These memories persist long after abstinence and trigger cocaine-craving and consumption. more
Nebraska's tough approach to medical marijuana may backfire  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Nebraska's conservative lawmakers are again expected to reject a measure calling for highly regulated medical marijuana, but that likely won't end of the issue more
Cell-type specific mechanism for formation and retrieval of cocaine-associated memories  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Scientists have revealed neuronal mechanisms underlying the formation and retrieval of cocaine use-associated memories. Their research sheds light on how drug addiction develops and reveals pathways that can... more
Sniffing pleasant odors may decrease cigarette craving  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Smokers who are trying to quit may not always have to reach for a piece of nicotine gum to stave off a craving. Deliberately inhaling a pleasant aroma may be enough to reduce the... more
Medical News Today: Experimental drug may ease opioid withdrawal symptoms  MNT · 2 weeks
New research suggests that a drug that scientists initially developed to treat major depressive disorder may be an effective therapy for opioid addiction. more
Heterogeneous ice nucleation correlates with bulk-like interfacial water  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
Establishing a direct correlation between interfacial water and heterogeneous ice nucleation (HIN) is essential for understanding the mechanism of ice nucleation. Here, we study the HIN efficiency on polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) surfaces... more
Opioid epidemic may have cost US governments $37.8 billion in tax revenue  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
The opioid epidemic may have cost U.S. state and federal governments up to $37.8 billion in lost tax revenue due to opioid-related employment loss. more
Medical News Today: How marijuana affects the body  MNT · 2 weeks
Marijuana has several potential physical and psychological effects on the body, such as lung irritation and increased appetite. Learn more about the effects of marijuana on the body here. more
How marijuana affects the body  MNT · 2 weeks
Marijuana has several potential physical and psychological effects on the body, such as lung irritation and increased appetite. Learn more about the effects of marijuana on the body here. more
The U.S government may account for up to $37.8 billion due to opioid epidemic  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
The opioid epidemic may have cost U.S. state and federal governments up to $37.8 billion in lost tax revenue due... more
Tax increase on tobacco, alcohol, and SSBs could save millions of lives  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Low-and-middle income countries continue to face a growing burden of morbidity and mortality attributable to the consumption of tobacco, alcohol and of sugar sweetened... more
New series offers global evidence detailing role of surgery in the opioids crisis  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Targets to eliminate pain after surgery have driven increases in the use of opioids, and are a major cause of the opioid... more
Medical News Today: What to know about lip cancer  MNT · 2 weeks
Lip cancer is a type of head and neck cancer that often starts with a lump on the lip that does not heal. Common risk factors for lip cancer include... more
Cancer patients and those with anemia should not be denied opioids, says CDC  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
The U.S. CDC has issued a letter clarifying that people suffering from severe pain caused by cancer or sickle-cell anemia should not... more
Nurses use local, real-time maps of opioid overdoses to inform clinical practice in real time  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Nurse practitioners and nursing students can use local, real-time maps of opioid overdoses to inform their clinical work... more
Nurses use FDNY geospatial mapping of opioid overdoses to inform clinical practice in real time  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Nurse practitioners and nursing students can use local, real-time maps of opioid overdoses to inform their clinical work... more
Penn State-led project focuses on opioid addiction treatment in teens  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Substance use disorders continue to rise at alarming rates among adolescents, with opioid abuse contributing to this significant public health problem. more
A new molecule to fight type 2 diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A new molecule -EPB-53-, could help fight type 2 diabetes and the non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. According to a new study, the... more
Anti-opioid addiction drug maker charged with fraud  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Federal prosecutors in Virginia say the company that makes a Suboxone strips to curb opioid addiction has been lying for years about the relative safety of its product more
New molecule could help fight type 2 diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A new molecule -EPB-53-, could help fight type 2 diabetes and the non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, according to a new study led... more
Alcohol, Cannabis and Other Drugs: A Pharmacological Evaluation  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Understanding the interactions between alcohol and cannabis can provide researchers, clinicians and other HCPs with important information on the severity of their side effects. more
Study of OUD treatment creates new metric to illustrate disadvantaged areas in the U.S.  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Ohio, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia have the highest disparity between opioid-related deaths and access to treatment providers... more
Bringing Maine researchers together to identify solutions to opioid epidemic in Maine  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
The MDI Biological Laboratory and the University of New England are bringing Maine researchers together to discuss how they can collaborate to identify solutions... more
Nicotine concentration in JUUL e-cigarette products is dangerously high, finds study  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Little is known about the potential health effects of JUUL e-cigarette products that have recently risen in popularity, especially among adolescents. more
Prescribed medication reduces arrests, incarceration among people with opioid use disorder  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
When it comes to addressing the national opioid crisis, most of the research has focused on the physical health risks faced by people with opioid use... more
US warns docs not to abruptly halt opioid pain treatment  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
FDA warns doctors about risks of abruptly halting opioid prescribing to patients dependent on powerful drugs more
Combining opioids and marijuana may be advantageous for pain sufferers  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Researchers report combining cannabinoids with morphine did not significantly increase impulsivity or memory impairment in a study conducted in rhesus monkeys. The findings suggest using opioids and marijuana... more
Marijuana for morning sickness? It's not great for baby's brain  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
With a growing number of states legalizing recreational or medical marijuana, more women are using the drug during pregnancy, in part due to its reported ability to relieve... more
Graphic anti-smoking warning labels on cigarette packs may deter some sales  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Placing graphic anti-smoking warning labels on cigarette packages may deter some adults from purchasing tobacco products, but the strategy is unlikely to influence those smokers who... more
Grapes on Mars? Georgia winemakers aiming high  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Georgia is immensely proud of its ancient wine-making tradition, claiming to have been the first nation to make wine. Now it wants to be the first to grow grapes on Mars. more
Engineers develop concept for hybrid heavy-duty trucks  MIT · 2 weeks
Long-haul trucks with electric motors combined with gas-alcohol engines could slash pollution levels and greenhouse gases. more
Opioids advocate now working with plaintiffs in lawsuits  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
A doctor who spent decades promoting a broader use of prescription painkillers is now helping state and local governments that are suing the drug industry over the toll of the opioid crisis more
Researcher finds adolescent views of law enforcement can improve over time  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
What do cheese, jeans and wine all have in common? They get better with time. New research from Florida State University finds that's also true of... more
Beer and fodder crop has been deteriorating for 6,000 years  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
The diversity of the crop sorghum, a cereal used to make alcoholic drinks, has been decreasing over time due to agricultural practice. To maintain the diversity of the... more
Performance-enhancing drugs may increase risk of teen cocaine abuse, impair fertility  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Performance-enhancing steroid use could increase the risk of cocaine use and addiction in teens, according to a new rodent study. The combination of these drugs could... more
Beer and fodder crop has been deteriorating for 6,000 years  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The diversity of the crop Sorghum, a cereal used to make alcoholic drinks, has been decreasing over time due to agricultural practice. To maintain the diversity of the... more
New study explains why drinking alcohol causes the munchies  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
New research in mice suggests that a shared circuit in the brain could be one reason why heavy drinking and high-fat 'junk food' cravings go hand in hand. more
Blocking opioid receptors could reduce hormone-therapy-fueled increases in sugar intake  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Estradiol is a commonly prescribed estrogen therapy. Previous research has found that rats treated with the hormone experience an increase in sugar consumption. But according to new research,... more
Experimental drug shows promise for opioid withdrawal symptoms  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
While medicines are available to relieve withdrawal symptoms in people recovering from opioid addiction, they cause side effects and can maintain the brain changes that led to addiction in the first place,... more
Film explores rural health care amid poverty, opioid crisis  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
A new documentary explores the world of rural health care workers amid poverty and a persistent opioid crisis more
Smoking pot vs. tobacco: What science says about lighting up  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
As more states make it legal to smoke marijuana, some government officials, researchers and others worry what that might mean for one of the country's biggest public health... more
Medical News Today: Alcohol use disorder: Brain damage may progress despite sobriety  MNT · 3 weeks
Scientists have compared the brains of people with alcohol use disorder with those of people without the disorder. They also studied rodents. more
Alcohol use disorder: Brain damage may progress despite sobriety  MNT · 3 weeks
Scientists have compared the brains of people with alcohol use disorder with those of people without the disorder. They also studied rodents. more
Exemptions surge as parents and doctors do ‘Hail Mary’ around vaccine laws  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
At two public charter schools in the Sonoma wine country town of Sebastopol, more than half the kindergartners received medical exemptions from state-required vaccines... more
Medical News Today: 'Even moderate alcohol consumption increases stroke risk'  MNT · 3 weeks
A large cohort study in a Chinese population contradicts previous findings suggesting that moderate alcohol intake can protect against stroke. more
Hawaii legislative committee kills flavored e-cigarette ban  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Hawaii lawmakers killed a proposal to ban flavored electronic smoking devices and e-liquids, saying they suspected teenagers would continue to get the products online even if sales were prohibited more
Moderate drinking does not protect against stroke, new study shows  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Blood pressure and stroke risk increase steadily with increasing alcohol intake, and previous claims that 1-2 alcoholic drinks a day might protect against stroke are dismissed by new... more
Guam legalizes recreational use of marijuana  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
The governor of Guam has signed into law a bill that legalizes the recreational use of marijuana on the U.S. island territory more
Lawmakers bring back bills protecting state cannabis rules  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers has reintroduced legislation that would ensure states have the right to enact their own marijuana policies within their borders more
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