Addiction

Abstinence From Regular Cannabis Use Improves Memory Among Adolescents, Young Adults

Abstinence From Regular Cannabis Use Improves Memory Among Adolescents, Young Adults

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Future studies need to determine whether improvement in cognition with abstinence is associated with improvement in academic and other functional outcomes.

Monthly Injections of Naltrexone, Opioid Antagonist, Superior to Oral Design

Monthly Injections of Naltrexone, Opioid Antagonist, Superior to Oral Design

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Heroin addicts were more compliant with taking monthly injections of naltrexone rather than consuming it in a pill version.

Genetic Variations Between Alcohol Consumption and Alcohol Use Disorder

Genetic Variations Between Alcohol Consumption and Alcohol Use Disorder

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A new study suggests genetic differences in people with heavy alcohol use and alcohol use disorder.

FDA: Kratom Products Have High Levels of Heavy Metals

FDA: Kratom Products Have High Levels of Heavy Metals

In addition to many other health risks, kratom products can have high levels of heavy metals.

The Intersection of Eating and Alcohol Disorders: Detecting and Managing "Drunkorexia"

The Intersection of Eating and Alcohol Disorders: Detecting and Managing "Drunkorexia"

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Drunkorexia is a term referring to limiting food intake prior to alcohol consumption, which may lead to eating disorders in college students.

FDA Warns Two Companies About Bogus Opioid Addiction Treatment

FDA Warns Two Companies About Bogus Opioid Addiction Treatment

Warning letters about products illegally marketed as treatments for opioid addiction, pain, and anxiety have been sent to 2 companies, the FDA said Tuesday.

Even With Standing Orders, Naloxone Access Varies

Even With Standing Orders, Naloxone Access Varies

There are great differences in access to naloxone even among states that have passed legislation to allow pharmacists to dispense the medication without a physician's prescription.

Opioid Misuse Varies With Sexual Orientation

Opioid Misuse Varies With Sexual Orientation

Opioid misuse varies with sexual orientation, with increased misuse among female bisexuals.

Cannabis Users Have Psychotic-Like Experiences via "Person-Specific" Pathways

Cannabis Users Have Psychotic-Like Experiences via "Person-Specific" Pathways

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Psychotic-like experiences in cannabis users may be specific to each person, regardless of genetics and environment.

Prescription Digital Therapeutic reSET Now Available for Patients With SUD

Prescription Digital Therapeutic reSET Now Available for Patients With SUD

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Sandoz and Pear Therapeutics announced the availability of reSET, the first prescription digital therapeutic for patients with substance use disorder.

Cannabis Use, Cannabis Use Disorder Linked to Psychotic, Depressive Symptoms

Cannabis Use, Cannabis Use Disorder Linked to Psychotic, Depressive Symptoms

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Two studies indicate a link between cannabis use and mental health concerns, starting in adolescence and continuing into adulthood.

USPSTF Recommends Screening Adults for Unhealthy Alcohol Use

USPSTF Recommends Screening Adults for Unhealthy Alcohol Use

The USPSTF recommends that primary care clinicians screen all adults, including pregnant women, for unhealthy alcohol use and provide brief behavioral counseling to reduce unhealthy alcohol use.

Patterns of Non-Medical Prescription Opioid Use in Adolescents

Patterns of Non-Medical Prescription Opioid Use in Adolescents

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The majority of adolescents taking prescription opioids for non-medical purposes were found to get these drugs from someone else.

FDA to Ban Most Flavored Electronic Cigarettes

FDA to Ban Most Flavored Electronic Cigarettes

As part of the US FDA's efforts to reduce teens' use of flavored electronic cigarettes, a ban on sales of most flavored e-cigarettes in retail stores and gas stations across the US is to be introduced.

Opioid Overdose Deaths Reach Record Number in United States

Opioid Overdose Deaths Reach Record Number in United States

The number of opioid overdose deaths in the United States reached a new record last year with 72,000 deaths, which works out to about 200 a day.

FDA Approves Powerful New Opioid Despite Criticisms

FDA Approves Powerful New Opioid Despite Criticisms

Ruling against the recommendation of one of its chief experts, the US Food and Drug Administration approved an extremely potent new opioid painkiller, Dsuvia.

These Tools May Help Providers and Policymakers to Address the Opioid Crisis

These Tools May Help Providers and Policymakers to Address the Opioid Crisis

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The Stopping the Transmission of Opioids to the Next Generation tool allows clinicians treating women of childbearing age with opioid use disorder to estimate risks associated with pregnancies in this patient population.

Opioid Use Often Persists in Workers' Compensation Claimants

Opioid Use Often Persists in Workers' Compensation Claimants

Many patients in a workers' compensation cohort have persistent opioid use.

Cannabis Use in Adolescence Associated With Poorer Mental Health Outcomes

Cannabis Use in Adolescence Associated With Poorer Mental Health Outcomes

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These results provide strong evidence for the deleterious and prolonged effects of cannabis use in adolescence.

The Unintended Consequences of the CDC Opioid Guideline According to Pain Management Specialists

The Unintended Consequences of the CDC Opioid Guideline According to Pain Management Specialists

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The guideline formulated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in an effort to curb opioid overdose-related deaths included a recommendation for steep reductions in opioid doses for patients taking high doses of the drug for chronic pain.

Red Cross Releases Online Course on How to Respond to an Opioid Overdose

Red Cross Releases Online Course on How to Respond to an Opioid Overdose

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The training has information on how to use several products including a nasal atomizer, Narcan Nasal Spray and Evzio.

Nonopioid Lofexidine Safe and Effective for Managing Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome

Nonopioid Lofexidine Safe and Effective for Managing Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome

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Lofexidine may expand the treatment options available for managing withdrawal when buprenorphine and methadone are unavailable or undesirable.

Bill to Fight US Opioid Crisis Signed Into Law

Bill to Fight US Opioid Crisis Signed Into Law

A bipartisan bill meant to combat the United States' opioid abuse epidemic was signed into law October 24 by President Donald Trump.

Adolescent, Young Adult Pod-Based E-Cigarette Use Up

Adolescent, Young Adult Pod-Based E-Cigarette Use Up

Adolescents are increasingly using e-cigarette products such as pod-based systems but have misperceptions and lack of knowledge about these products.

Recreational Marijuana Now Legal in Canada

Recreational Marijuana Now Legal in Canada

Recreational marijuana recently became legal in Canada, and while many welcome the move, others have serious concerns.

Model Identifies Adolescents at Risk for Smoking Initiation

Model Identifies Adolescents at Risk for Smoking Initiation

A novel prognostic tool can be used to accurately identify adolescents at risk for initiating cigarette smoking.

Independent and Combined Tobacco and Alcohol Use Associated With Suicide Risk

Independent and Combined Tobacco and Alcohol Use Associated With Suicide Risk

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Regardless of sex, current smokers with AUDIT scores ≥20 were at the highest risk for suicide in analyses, although men more frequently exhibited suicidal behaviors.

Associations Among Gender Nonconformity, Mental Distress, and Substance Use Among High School Students

Associations Among Gender Nonconformity, Mental Distress, and Substance Use Among High School Students

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These findings demonstrate the importance of developing support systems within schools for gender-nonconforming students.

Daily Drinking Associated With Increased Mortality Risk

Daily Drinking Associated With Increased Mortality Risk

Daily drinking, even at low levels, may be detrimental to one's health.

High Nicotine Concentrations Delivered by "Pod Mods"

High Nicotine Concentrations Delivered by "Pod Mods"

"Pod mods," which are small, rechargeable devices that aerosolize liquid solutions containing nicotine encapsulated in cartridges, pose a danger to adolescent users.

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