Drugs & Alcohol
Recognizing the signs of overdose and knowing how to respond can save lives  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 hour
Every day nearly 200 people die from an overdose of drugs or from alcohol poisoning, with opioids responsible for the majority. more
Opioid victims can begin filing claims against Purdue Pharma  ABC NEWS · 2 days
The federal judge overseeing the bankruptcy case of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma set a June 30 deadline to file claims against the company more
UCI-led study reveals link between early life adversity and opioid addiction  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
Individuals with a history of early life adversity are disproportionately prone to opioid addiction. A new UCI-led study reveals why. more
Opioid dependence found to permanently change brains of rats  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Approximately one-quarter of patients who are prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them, with five to 10 percent developing an opioid use disorder or addiction. In a new study, researchers... more
Early life adversity and opioid addiction  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Individuals with a history of early life adversity (ELA) are disproportionately prone to opioid addiction. A new study reveals why. The study examines how early adversities interact with factors such as increased access to opioids to... more
APRNs have expanded roles in national response to opioid crisis  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
As we enter a new year and a new decade, many states have enacted legislation affecting the roles of advanced practice registered nurses in terms of practice authority,... more
APRNs to have expanded roles in national response to opioid crisis  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
As we enter a new year and a new decade, many states have enacted legislation affecting the roles of advanced practice registered nurses in terms of... more
Opioid dependence produces permanent changes in the brains of rats  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
Approximately one-quarter of patients who are prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them, with five to 10 percent developing an opioid use disorder or addiction. more
Majority of people knowingly use fentanyl, UBC research shows  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
Fentanyl use by people who use drugs has doubled since 2015, and two-thirds of people are aware they've taken it, finds new research out of British Columbia, the Canadian province... more
Study provides important insight into the recent lung intoxication epidemic  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
A new study published on 24 January 2020 in the journal Toxics provides important insight into the recent lung intoxication epidemic referred to as "e-cigarette or vaping product... more
Researchers identify liver fibrosis ‘off switch’ in mice  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
Chronic alcohol abuse and hepatitis can injure the liver, often leading to a buildup of collagen and scar tissue. more
Need a legal pot shop in California? Grab your smartphone  ABC NEWS · 3 days
California is trying a new strategy to cut into the state's huge illegal marijuana market more
Ex-pharmaceutical exec gets 5 1/2 years for pushing opioid  ABC NEWS · 3 days
The founder of an Arizona pharmaceutical company has been sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison for his role in a bribery and kickback scheme that prosecutors said helped fuel... more
Treatment for low back pain in older adults does not match guidelines  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
Many Medicare patients with new episodes of low back pain receive care inconsistent with current guidelines - including high use of opioids and advanced... more
Deep diving into the science of beer  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
How high-tech equipment usually reserved for medical research could help brew the perfect pint. more
The Science Behind the Beer and Brewing Industry  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
Beer consists primarily of four ingredients; water, malted grain, hops, and yeast. Yet, the analysis of beer and the brewing process has changed dramatically over the last decade. In this interview, Christopher... more
Good sleep routine is important for children's emotional, physical, and mental health  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
With less than a week to go until the start of a new school year, parents are preparing themselves for the inevitable back-to-school rush.... more
Ex-pharmaceutical exec to be sentenced for pushing opioid  ABC NEWS · 3 days
The founder of an Arizona pharmaceutical company is expected to be sentenced in Boston's federal court Thursday for his role in a bribery and kickback scheme that prosecutors said helped fuel the... more
Controlled-release opioids may lead to endocarditis in injection drug users  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
A new study from ICES, Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University suggests that injection drug users prescribed controlled-release hydromorphone are three times more likely to develop endocarditis,... more
Cannabis use disorder more common in adults with pain  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
A new study published in the journal American Journal of Psychiatry reports that the use of cannabis for non-medical indications is much more common in adults who have pain than... more
Ex-pharma CEO gets over 2 years in prison for bribery scheme  ABC NEWS · 4 days
The former head of a drug company has been sentenced to two and a half years in federal prison in a bribery scheme that prosecutors say... more
Holistic Approaches to Psoriasis Treatment  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
Holistic approaches to psoriasis treatment involves lifestyle advice about weight, smoking, alcohol, sleep, exercise, and other factors. more
Pain management program uses new approach to reduce narcotic prescriptions after surgery  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
Surgeons at Houston Methodist Hospital are stemming the tide of addiction to prescription opioids by managing patients' pain after surgery. more
Increasing opioid addiction in the US but young addicts being missed  NEWS MEDICAL · 5 days
Opioid addiction has been increasing over the last decade or so in the US, with many deaths occurring as a result of opioid overdose. As a... more
Legalization and retail availability in Oregon linked to higher levels of adolescent marijuana use  NEWS MEDICAL · 5 days
New research from the Prevention Research Center of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation suggests that legalization and greater... more
Ex-drug execs get over 2 years in prison for bribery scheme  ABC NEWS · 5 days
Two former drug company executives have been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison in a bribery scheme that prosecutors say helped fuel the... more
Simple computer settings can affect opioid pills prescribed to patients  NEWS MEDICAL · 5 days
Simple, no-cost computer changes can affect the number of opioid pills prescribed to patients, according to a new UC San Francisco study. more
FDA-approved medication for opioid addiction is increasing except in the youngest group  NEWS MEDICAL · 5 days
An analysis of national data on buprenorphine use found that treatment with the FDA-approved medication for opioid addiction is increasing in all age groups... more
New Jersey law bans sale of flavored vaping products  ABC NEWS · 5 days
New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy has signed legislation prohibiting the sale of flavored vaping products more
Feds to let states tap opioid funds for meth, cocaine surge  ABC NEWS · 5 days
The nation's drug addiction crisis has morphed in a deadly new direction with more Americans hooked on meth and cocaine more
Collaborative project to address the local opioid epidemic  NEWS MEDICAL · 5 days
The University of Arizona is partnering with the Tucson Police Department, CODAC Health, Recovery & Wellness, and Pima County as part of a three-year, $1.47 million Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services... more
Feds allow use of opioid funds to stem meth, cocaine surge  ABC NEWS · 6 days
The nation's drug addiction crisis has been morphing in a deadly new direction: more Americans struggling with meth and cocaine more
Alarming link between marijuana and increased heart risk  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
Marijuana use is rising steadily across the US as more and more states enact laws making it a legal recreational and medicinal agent. However, a new study underlines the fact that this... more
Study uncovers anticancer potential of many non-oncology drugs  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
Drugs for diabetes, inflammation, alcoholism -- and even for treating arthritis in dogs -- can also kill cancer cells in the lab, according to a study by scientists at the Broad Institute... more
New uses for old medicines  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
It turns out that in the rush to invent new drugs to treat cancers, scientists may have overlooked some obvious possibilities of existing drugs currently being used for other diseases. A new study says that therapies for diabetes,... more
Mothers who smoke, drink alcohol during pregnancy increase risk for SIDS 12-fold  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), also called crib death or cot death, is the sudden and unexplained death of an infant less than one-year-old.... more
Dozens of non-oncology drugs can kill cancer cells  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Researchers tested approximately 4,518 drug compounds on 578 human cancer cell lines and found nearly 50 that have previously unrecognized anti-cancer activity. These drugs have been used to treat conditions such as... more
Prenatal alcohol and tobacco exposure linked to increased risk for SIDS  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
Children born to mothers who both drank and smoked beyond the first trimester of pregnancy have a 12-fold increased risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)... more
Chemist suggests a way to measure the taste of beer  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
A chemist from RUDN University has developed a method for analyzing the products of binding of aldehydes with the amino acid cysteine in malt and beer—these substances can... more
Advocates' hopes high as Kansas heads for medical pot debate  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Kansas lawmakers expect this year to have their most serious debate so far on medical marijuana more
Focus on opioids and cannabis in chronic pain media coverage  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
New Zealand media reports on chronic pain are focusing on treatments involving opioids and cannabis at the expense of best practice non-drug treatments, researchers have found. more
Policies restricting menthol flavors could increase health equity  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Current policies that include restrictions on the sale of menthol flavored tobacco and nicotine products are less likely to reach those that would benefit from them the most, according to new research... more
Hookah smoke may be associated with increased risk of blood clots  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
In a new study conducted in mice, researchers found that tobacco smoke from a hookah caused blood to function abnormally and be more likely to clot... more
Vaping marijuana linked to lung injuries warns CDC  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that one sixth of patients who use e cigarettes containing marijuana are at a risk of lung injuries. These... more
Functional validity, role, and implications of heavy alcohol consumption genetic loci  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
High alcohol consumption is a risk factor for morbidity and mortality, yet few genetic loci have been robustly associated with alcohol intake. Here, we use U.K.... more
Chemicals between us: Surprising effects of oxytocin on cocaine addiction  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Researchers have discovered gender-based differences in response to therapeutic oxytocin treatment in cocaine-addicted individuals with a history of childhood trauma. Oxytocin has been shown previously to function as... more
Impaired driving -- even once the high wears off  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Researchers have discovered that recreational marijuana use affects driving ability even when users are not intoxicated. Cannabis users had more accidents, drove at higher speeds, and drove through more red... more
Super-fast beer fermentation from ancient Norwegian yeast  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The distinctly Norwegian beer-brewing yeast kveik reduces fermentation time drastically. That's a huge advantage, according to NTNU Ph.D. candidate Christian Schulz. more
Alcohol dependence results in remodeling of functional architecture in rodent’s brain  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Employing advanced technologies that allow whole brain imaging at single-cell resolution, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine report that in an alcohol-dependent... more
In mice, alcohol dependence results in brain-wide remodeling of functional architecture  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Using novel imaging technologies, researchers produce first whole-brain atlas at single-cell resolution, revealing how alcohol addiction and abstinence remodel neural physiology and function in mice. more
Daily chronic pain, opioid use disorder add to the challenges of relieving pain among patients  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
The combination of more Americans reporting daily chronic pain and the rapidly increasing prevalence of opioid misuse and... more
Siblings of children with intellectual disabilities score high on empathy and closeness  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A new study finds that relationships between children and their siblings with intellectual disabilities are more positive than those between typically developing siblings. more
American women drinking more, and dying much more often, as a result  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A new study released by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports a horrifying 85% increase in deaths among women related to... more
Health benefits of a 'Dry January'  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A new year often means a list of resolutions for change, such as abstaining from drinking alcohol, stopping smoking, or living a healthier lifestyle. For one, “Dry January” has become immensely popular because it motivates people... more
Ex-pharma exec sentenced to nearly 3 years in bribery scheme  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
A former executive for a drug company has been sentenced to 33 months in federal prison in a bribery scheme that prosecutors say helped fuel the national opioid... more
Oklahoma attorney general sues distributors of opioids  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter says he is suing three distributors of opioids more
Researchers identify how marijuana accelerates growth of HPV-related head and neck cancer  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers have identified the molecular mechanism activated by the presence of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) - the ingredient... more
Medical News Today: Stroke: Smoking both traditional and e-cigarettes may raise risk  MNT · 2 weeks
A new study suggests young adults who smoke both conventional and e-cigarettes are nearly twice as likely to have a stroke as traditional smokers. more
Research could help explain why some people use marijuana when stressed or anxious  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A molecule produced by the brain that activates the same receptors as marijuana is protective against stress by reducing anxiety-causing connections between... more
Researchers use computer simulations to study how neuroreceptors respond to nicotine  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
As smokers know all too well, nicotine is highly addictive. It's hard to quit smoking, a habit that claims the lives of more than seven million... more
Accelerated speed of discovery could lead to more effective smoking cessation aids  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
As smokers know all too well, nicotine is highly addictive. It's hard to quit smoking, a habit that claims the lives of more than... more
Smokers need not apply: Fairness of no-nicotine hiring policies questioned  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
When U-Haul recently announced it will no longer hire people who use nicotine in any form in the 21 states where such hiring policies are legal, the Phoenix-based... more
Study assesses variation in 'maturing out' of alcohol use in young adulthood  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Rates of heavy drinking and alcohol use disorder peak in the late adolescent and early adult age-group (19-25 years), before decreasing from around age... more
New learning module for testing the effects of e-cigarette vapor on living cells  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
To complement the wide range of information on the potential dangers of vaping, the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine has developed... more
Ex-drug company execs face reckoning in opioid bribery case  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
The founder and former top employees of a pharmaceutical company are being sentenced in a bribery scheme that prosecutors say helped fuel the national opioid epidemic more
Medicaid expansion linked to reduction in opioid overdose mortality across the U.S.  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
The expansion of Medicaid coverage for low-income adults permitted by the Affordable Care Act was associated with a six percent reduction in total opioid... more
Medical News Today: What to know about alcohol and depression  MNT · 2 weeks
Alcohol is a depressant and can amplify or trigger depression symptoms in some people. Learn more about the links between depression and alcohol in this article. more
Opioid-dependent kids' guardians seek to form class in suit  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Attorneys representing guardians of children born dependent on opioids are asking a federal judge in Cleveland to include them as a group in a class action lawsuit against the pharmaceutical... more
Oklahoma reaches $8.75 million settlement with opiate maker  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
The state of Oklahoma will receive $8.75 million from two pharmaceutical companies in a deal that will end legal action the state was considering against the opioid manufacturers more
Guardians of opioid-addicted kids seek to form class in suit  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Attorneys representing guardians of children born addicted to opioids are asking a federal judge in Cleveland to include them as a group in a class action lawsuit against... more
Family doctors in rural America tackle crisis of addiction and pain  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Dr. Angela Gatzke-Plamann didn’t fully grasp her community’s opioid crisis until one desperate patient called on a Friday afternoon in 2016. more
Study: Opioid addiction care is scarce in Medicaid work requirement states  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Low-income people with addiction, especially those with addiction to opioids, may find it hard to access the kind of care they need to recover no matter... more
Sadness often increases people's craving to smoke, shows study  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
What drives a person to smoke cigarettes - and keeps one out of six U.S. adults addicted to tobacco use, at a cost of 480,000 premature deaths each year despite... more
University of Kentucky receives $3 million for opioid-related research in criminal justice setting  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
The University of Kentucky recently received $3 million from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and National Institute on General Medical Sciences... more
Opioid addiction care is harder to access in states considering Medicaid work requirements  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Low-income people with addiction, especially those with addiction to opioids, may find it hard to access the kind of care they need... more
Explaining link between emotion and addictive substance use  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
What drives a person to smoke cigarettes? What role do emotions play in this addictive behavior? Why do some smokers puff more often and more deeply or relapse many years after they've... more
Researchers identify vaping-related companies that promoted academic scholarships  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
UNC School of Medicine researchers conducted a systematic online review and found 21 vaping-related companies, including, websites, that promoted 40 scholarships to high school and college students in 2018 across the United... more
Frequently cited claim that e-cigarettes are '95% safer' is misleading and outdated  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
The frequently cited claim that e-cigarettes are "95% less risky" or "95% less harmful" than combustible cigarettes is outdated, misleading and invalid -- and... more
Study examines the time trends in alcohol and marijuana detected in homicide victims  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health assessed the time trends in alcohol and marijuana detected in homicide victims and... more
Changing the underlying structure and culture of a clinic to address opioid epidemic  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
For the 20 percent of Americans who suffer from chronic pain, prescription opioids may bring relief, but also risks. An estimated 21... more
Marijuana detected in homicide victims nearly doubles  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Researchers assessed the time trends in alcohol and marijuana detected in homicide victims and found that the prevalence of marijuana almost doubled, increasing from 22 percent in 2004 to 42 percent in 2016. Alternately,... more
Researchers analyze how e-cigarette particle size, deposition change with different factors  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
E-cigarette use is rising, particularly among young adults and teens. Recent illnesses and deaths attributed to vaping have caused intense scrutiny of the chemicals in e-liquids... more
Examining vaping particle size and deposition  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
E-cigarette use is rising, particularly among young adults and teens. Recent illnesses and deaths attributed to vaping have caused intense scrutiny of the chemicals in e-liquids and vapor, but little is known about the size of... more
Study highlights the prevalence of alcohol use among cancer survivors  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
New research in the January 2020 issue of JNCCN-Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network uses data from the National Health Interview Survey from 2000 to 2017 to... more
New study analyzes how consumers use vapor and tobacco heating products  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
The way consumers use vapor and tobacco heating products can affect the levels of harmful and potentially harmful constituents they are exposed to, and a new... more
5 things to know as California starts screening children for toxic stress  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Starting this year, routine pediatric visits for millions of California children could involve questions about touchy family topics, such as divorce, unstable housing or... more
Study examines trends in drug overdose rates with and without opioids  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Fatal overdoses involving stimulants (cocaine and other psychostimulants, primarily methamphetamine) have been increasing over the past few years. more
Number of alcohol-related deaths has doubled in the U.S., shows study  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
An analysis of death certificates suggests that the number of alcohol-related deaths doubled in the United States between 1999-2017. more
Mayo Clinic researchers seek radical new approach to treat cocaine addition  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
In a radical new approach to treat cocaine addition, researchers at the Mayo Clinic are seeking approval for first-in-human studies of a single-dose gene therapy. more
FDA’s risk-management program to curb improper opioid prescribing may not have been effective  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
A risk-management program set up in 2012 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to curb improper prescribing of extended-release and long-acting... more
Nasal spray found to be quickest, easiest way to deliver antidote naloxone for opioid overdose  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Of three possible ways for people to deliver the life-saving antidote naloxone to a person experiencing an opioid... more
Researchers report evidence linking 'vaping' to increased likelihood of asthma and COPD  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Using data from a large federal government telephone survey of adults, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report evidence that inhaling heated tobacco vapor through e-cigarettes... more
Young smokers who use both combustible and e-cigarettes have higher risk of stroke  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
People are looking at e-cigarettes as a "healthy" alternative to cigarettes and we currently have an epidemic of e-cigarettes use. more
New sweat test could help detect a person’s marijuana-use  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Forensic chemist Jan Halámek is proving that our own perspiration not only gives away how drunk we are – but if we are high, too. more
Nicotine concentrations found to be higher from JUUL pods than e-cigs and cigarettes  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
JUUL delivers substantially more nicotine to the blood per puff than cigarettes or previous-generation e-cigarettes (e-cigs) and impairs blood vessel function comparable... more
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