Addiction

New Policies Demonstrate Positive Impact on Opioid Prescriptions

New Policies Demonstrate Positive Impact on Opioid Prescriptions

Opioid prescribing can be positively impacted by a comprehensive initiative.

Illicit Cannabis Use Among Adults Up Due to Medical Marijuana Laws

Illicit Cannabis Use Among Adults Up Due to Medical Marijuana Laws

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Cannabis users experience negative consequences, including motor vehicle accidents, emergency room visits, and addiction.

Opioid Use Among Cancer Survivors Raises Pain Management Questions

Opioid Use Among Cancer Survivors Raises Pain Management Questions

There is a higher persistence rate of opioid prescribing among cancer survivors.

Opioid Use Has Decreased Among Younger But Not Older Adults

Opioid Use Has Decreased Among Younger But Not Older Adults

Rates have doubled in people over 50, according to the report.

AAFP Develops New Alcohol Screening, Intervention Manual

AAFP Develops New Alcohol Screening, Intervention Manual

The development of a new alcohol screening and brief intervention manual for use has been announced.

ADHD Medication May Curb Alcohol, Drug Addiction

ADHD Medication May Curb Alcohol, Drug Addiction

Patients who take their ADHD medications may have a lower risk of alcohol and drug problems.

Criteria For Identification of Smartphone Addiction

Criteria For Identification of Smartphone Addiction

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Smartphone addiction appears to be linked to sleep disorders, anxiety and stress disorders, and greater consumption of alcohol and tobacco.

Naltrexone and Buprenorphine Rx Trends in Youth With Opioid Use Disorder

Naltrexone and Buprenorphine Rx Trends in Youth With Opioid Use Disorder

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Pharmacologic intervention in opioid addiction is pertinent to the prevention of relapse and over dose in adolescents.

Alcohol Addiction Leads to Biological Aging at a Cellular Level

Alcohol Addiction Leads to Biological Aging at a Cellular Level

According to a study presented at the Research Society on Alcoholism, heavy drinking is associated with biological aging at a cellular level.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Options for Chronic Back Pain

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Options for Chronic Back Pain

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Cognitive behavioral therapy was shown to improve pain and function in patients with a number of pain modalities.

Fentanyl Responsible For Over Half of All Drug Overdose Deaths

Fentanyl Responsible For Over Half of All Drug Overdose Deaths

More than half of all drug overdose deaths may be caused by fentanyl.

Cost-Efficient Management of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Is Needed

Cost-Efficient Management of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Is Needed

Rates of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) have risen dramatically in recent years.

Opioid Misuse Among Women Following Cesarean Sections

Opioid Misuse Among Women Following Cesarean Sections

Following C-section, women were prescribed roughly twice as many pills as they used.

Worse Psychological Profile for Patients on Migraine Medication Who Relapse

Worse Psychological Profile for Patients on Migraine Medication Who Relapse

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Patients who frequently relapse into overuse following withdrawal have a worse clinical and psychological profile than patients who relapse less frequently.

Adult Children of Alcoholics: Healing Lifelong Scars

Adult Children of Alcoholics: Healing Lifelong Scars

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Alcoholism can have a deleterious effect on interpersonal relationships, including romantic partners, friends, and coworkers.

APA: Americans Believe Treatment, Not Punishment, Best for Opioid Crisis

APA: Americans Believe Treatment, Not Punishment, Best for Opioid Crisis

A poll found 58% in favor of prioritizing access to treatment; 26% in favor of more punishment.

Illicit Marijuana Use Increased in States With Legal Medical Use

Illicit Marijuana Use Increased in States With Legal Medical Use

Cannabis use disorder is also rising faster in states that have legalized marjiuana.

Suicide Attempts, Sleep Disturbance Associated With Internet Addiction

Suicide Attempts, Sleep Disturbance Associated With Internet Addiction

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Suicide attempts and sleep in adults are associated with Internet addiction.

Substance Abuse Has Strong Effect on Huntington's Disease Motor Symptom Onset

Substance Abuse Has Strong Effect on Huntington's Disease Motor Symptom Onset

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Substance abuse has a strong effect on the age of onset of motor symptoms in Huntington's disease.

Postoperative Pain as a Spectrum: Treatment Strategies

Postoperative Pain as a Spectrum: Treatment Strategies

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Post-surgery pain is a continuum with no clear delineation.

Substance Use Disorders: How Physicians Can Help Patients

Substance Use Disorders: How Physicians Can Help Patients

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Substance use disorder is a treatable, chronic medical condition.

Addiction's Toll Hits Close to Home

Addiction's Toll Hits Close to Home

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The accidental death by overdose of a friend adds new perspective for someone working in addiction medicine.

Smoking Cessation During Pregnancy: Analysis of Psychosocial Interventions

Smoking Cessation During Pregnancy: Analysis of Psychosocial Interventions

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Effective methods to curb smoking during pregnancy include counseling, feedback, and monetary incentives.

Alcohol Abuse in Patients With Bipolar Disorder May Be Treatable

Alcohol Abuse in Patients With Bipolar Disorder May Be Treatable

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Two OTC supplements may improve brain function and mood control in patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Cocaine Use Up For First Time in a Decade

Cocaine Use Up For First Time in a Decade

Cocaine use rates are skyrocketing in the U.S for the first time in a decade.

Opioid Use Disorder Treatment in Teens Should Increase Use of Medication Therapy

Opioid Use Disorder Treatment in Teens Should Increase Use of Medication Therapy

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Few adolescents receive methadone or buprenorphine for opioid addiction.

Alcohol Use Disorder Diagnosis Stable From DSM-IV to DSM-5

Alcohol Use Disorder Diagnosis Stable From DSM-IV to DSM-5

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The diagnostic criteria for alcohol use disorder in the DSM-5 and DSM-IV match up clinically.

Opioid Cravings Reduced by Medication from ER Visits

Opioid Cravings Reduced by Medication from ER Visits

Patients addicted to opioids treated in a hospital emergency department do better when they receive medication to reduce opioid cravings.

Opioid Weaning for Pediatric Patients

Opioid Weaning for Pediatric Patients

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Weaning from continuous opioid infusion can result in withdrawal and associated adverse effects.

Identifying Patients Who Need Higher Methadone Doses

Identifying Patients Who Need Higher Methadone Doses

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Polymorphism at the level of drug receptors, transporters, or other proteins involved in drug metabolism or action may dampen a drug's efficacy or increase its toxicity.

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