Sewage study shows which countries like to party hard

Drug Facts - Mon, 2021-02-22 07:23
The Netherlands, United States, Australia and New Zealand are consuming the highest amounts of designer 'party' drugs, according to wastewater samples taken from eight countries over the New Year period.
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Unintended consequences of state, opioid policies

Drug Facts - Wed, 2021-02-17 11:48
Study reveals the unintended and negative consequences of policies designed to reduce the supply of opioids in the population for overdose.
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Drinking, smoking, and drug use linked to premature heart disease in the young

Drug Facts - Mon, 2021-02-15 19:10
Recreational drinking, smoking, and drug use is linked to premature heart disease in young people, particularly younger women.
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Experimental vaccine blunts the deadliest of synthetic opioids

Drug Facts - Thu, 2021-02-04 17:25
Researchers have developed experimental vaccines that have shown in rodents to blunt the deadly effects of fentanyl as well as its even more fatal cousin, carfentanil.
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Nearly third of US young people prescribed psychoactive drugs admit misusing them

Drug Facts - Tue, 2021-02-02 17:27
Nearly a third of US teens and young adults prescribed a psychoactive drug misuse that drug, with the likelihood of misuse rising with age, suggests an analysis of national survey responses.
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Legal cannabis stores linked to fewer opioid deaths in the United States

Drug Facts - Wed, 2021-01-27 17:33
Access to legal cannabis stores is associated with a reduction in opioid related deaths in the United States, particularly those linked to synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, finds a new study.
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The dangers of drugged driving are outpacing drunk driving

Drug Facts - Tue, 2021-01-26 15:16
A recent study of drugged driving shows that a sizable percentage of individuals reported the use of marijuana and other illicit drugs while operating behind the wheel.
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Drink and drug risk is lower among optimistic pupils with 'happy' memories

Drug Facts - Mon, 2021-01-25 12:46
Teenagers with happy childhood memories are likely to drink less, take fewer drugs and enjoy learning, according to new research.
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Combination treatment for methamphetamine use disorder shows promise

Drug Facts - Wed, 2021-01-13 16:06
A combination of two medications, injectable naltrexone and oral bupropion, was safe and effective in treating adults with moderate or severe methamphetamine use disorder in a double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase III clinical trial. The findings suggest this combination therapy may be a promising addition to current approaches to treatment, such as cognitive behavioral therapy and contingency management interventions, for a very serious condition that remains difficult to treat and overcome.
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Marijuana use typically drops at the beginning of the year, then climbs in summer and fall

Drug Facts - Mon, 2021-01-11 06:42
Marijuana use increases throughout the calendar year, with use up 13 percent on average at the end of each year compared to the beginning.
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New evidence of health threat from chemicals in marijuana and tobacco smoke

Drug Facts - Mon, 2021-01-11 06:42
Scientists have uncovered new evidence of the potential health risks of chemicals in tobacco and marijuana smoke.
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More than half of people using cannabis for pain experience multiple withdrawal symptoms

Drug Facts - Fri, 2021-01-08 12:21
More than half of people who use medical marijuana products to ease pain also experience clusters of multiple withdrawal symptoms when they're between uses, a new study finds. And about 10% of the patients taking part in the study experienced worsening changes to their sleep, mood, mental state, energy and appetite over the next two years as they continued to use cannabis.
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Cannabis use blunts stress reactivity in female rats

Drug Facts - Tue, 2020-12-22 08:41
Female rats that inhaled vaporized cannabis daily for a month developed a blunted physiological response to stress, according to a new study. In contrast, male rats that were provided access to the same potency of cannabis over the same 30-day window did not experience any physiological changes in how they responded to a stressful situation.
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Experimental vaccine can counter dangerous effects of synthetic cannabinoids

Drug Facts - Wed, 2020-12-16 16:37
Made in clandestine laboratories and sold widely across the United States, the diverse class of drugs known as synthetic cannabinoids presents a growing public health threat. In a new study, scientists have devised a way to deactivate these designer drugs after they've been administered -- offering a potential path for treating addiction and overdose.
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New compound related to psychedelic ibogaine could treat addiction, depression

Drug Facts - Wed, 2020-12-09 09:52
A non-hallucinogenic version of the psychedelic drug ibogaine, with potential for treating addiction, depression and other psychiatric disorders, has been developed by researchers.
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Novel anti-craving mechanism discovered to treat cocaine relapse

Drug Facts - Mon, 2020-12-07 13:39
Cocaine continues to be one of the most commonly abused illicit drugs in the United States. Pre-clinical literature suggests that targeting glucagon-like peptide-1 receptors (GLP-1Rs) in the brain may represent a novel approach to treating cocaine use disorder. Specifically, GLP-1R agonists, which are FDA-approved for treating diabetes and obesity, have been shown to reduce voluntary drug taking and seeking in preclinical models of cocaine used disorder.
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Patients receiving low dose steroid at increased risk of cardiovascular disease, study suggests

Drug Facts - Thu, 2020-12-03 12:42
A new study suggests that even low doses of glucocorticoid may increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
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Certain CBD oils no better than pure CBD at inhibiting certain cancer cell lines

Drug Facts - Wed, 2020-11-18 07:08
Cannabidiol (CBD) oils are equally or less effective at inhibiting the growth of certain cancer cells compared to pure CBD, according to researchers. The results of their recent study indicate that future research into the clinical applications of cannabinoids should include an analysis of whether the pure cannabinoid compound or intact plant material is more effective at achieving the therapeutic effect.
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Cannabis strength soars over past half century

Drug Facts - Mon, 2020-11-16 07:22
Largest study on how cannabis has changed over time finds increased strength putting consumers at greater risk of harm.
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