April 3, 2020  Last Update: November 12, 2019, 4:01 pm

Predicting Depression by Testing Cortisol Levels in Saliva

The spit of teenage boys may be useful in determining their future risk for depression, a new study shows.

PTSD and Alcohol Linked, and Re-Linked

If PTSD leads to alcoholism, and alcohol abuse leads to high-risk activities which can result in PTSD, what’s a college student to do?

Ritalin Cures Cocaine Addiction? Nope.

No, Ritalin is not a cure for cocaine addiction. A student researcher ran some imaging scans to see if Ritalin acted differently on cocaine addicts than non-addicts. The media jumped to wild conclusions, as is typical.

Want to Forget Your Binge Drinking?

Rapamycin (approved by the FDA to prevent organ transplant rejections.) reaches the brain at a level deeper than conscious memory, erasing memories of pleasurable sensations associated with alcohol use. Researchers think this may help alcoholics.

What You May Have Missed June 20, 2013

From drugs in dirty diapers to Amanda Bynes’ bong toss, here’s a brief recap of what you might have missed on John’s Addiction since you were here last.

3 “Fake Pot” Drugs Made Illegal by DEA

Check the ingredients of your synthetic pot and bath salts. Today the DEA made synthetic cannabinoids UR-144, XLR11, and AKB48 Schedule I drugs, illegal for any purpose.

Biological Psychiatry says Size Matters with Cocaine Addiction

Reports of new research from the journal “Biological Psychiatry” suggests that the ability to “manage” cocaine without becoming overwhelmed by addiction seems to have something to do with the size of the frontal lobe.

This is Your Brain On Drugs (crashing your car)

This is your brain. This is your brain on drugs. And this is how badly you drive just one month after starting your prescription antidepressants or benzodiazepines.

Pot Makes You Stupid: Marijuana Use and IQ

If you smoked weed as a kid and consider yourself smart, new research out of Duke University suggests you might have been even smarter had you not smoked so much weed.

Purdue Pharma Tests OxyContin on Children

Can convicted felon Purdue Frederick be trusted with our children? Purdue is sponsoring 2 clinical studies for Oxycontin for children, and critics claim it’s more for extended patent protection than safety of efficacy.

Baby Soap False Positives on Drug Tests : Oops

Researchers acting on a hunch have shown that a common drug test used to screen for marijuana use is tricked by residue from common baby soaps. A little baby soap equals a positive test for THC (marijuana).

Heavy Marijuana Use Up 80% for US Teens

Latest Data: More American teens are smoking more pot and taking more ecstasy, while fewer are smoking cigarettes. Fewer girls are abusing prescription meds, and just about everybody’s still drinking alcohol.

Sex Advances Rejected, Horny Guy Loses Interest and Turns to Alcohol

A report in Science magazine says male fruit flies who can’t get the sex they seek develop increased interest in alcohol, and lose interest in continuing to chase the girls. Unfortunately, humans have something very, very similar.

New Study Links Sleeping Pills to Cancer, Deaths

Use of prescription sleeping pills, often prescribed for stress-related sleep issues, has been shown to increase risks of death and cancer greater than 3 fold, in a new Scripps Clinic research study.

In Nebraska, Alcopops are Now Hard Liquor

Now, Nebraska can tax alternative alcoholic beverages (“alcopops”) like Four Loko and Lime-A-Rita at $3.75 per gallon, like hard liquor. This could earn the state an additional $2 to $3 million annually. Will any of that go towards treatment and prevention of alcoholism?