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Children of Alcoholics Week – 10% Live with Parent with Alcohol Problems

Ten percent of children under 18 years old live with a parent who has had an alcohol use disorder in the past 12 months, according to recent research from SAMHSA.

Girls Gone Wild! Alcohol Fuels our Intent

Girls Gone Wild? We can’t always blame the alcohol for our drunken behavior. Researchers are showing that the more we drink, the more we intended to engage in high-risk sexual activity.

Are 20% of Methadone Patients Still Using?

A new study out of Canada suggests nearly 20% of methadone maintenance patients are simultaneously taking additional opioid medications prescribed by physicians, according to benefit transaction records.

Smoking Cigarettes Boosts Cocaine Response

New science shows that smoking cigarettes causes genetic changes that lead to greater sensitivity to cocaine response, in mice. Survey data suggest that this is true in humans, as well. The latest work was conducted by neurobiologist Eric Kandel and his wife, epidemiologist Denise Kandel, from Columbia University. Denise has been investigating links between smoking Continue Reading…

Narcan Saves Money. Now can people have it?

After 3 years of distribution of naloxone in heroin-busy neighborhoods of San Francisco, the data show significant cost savings. We’ve become a nation of people who routinely trade our principles for cash, so maybe it’s time to loosen the reigns on naloxone?

Mental Health Medication Trends in America

In 2010, 1 in 5 Americans was on prescription drugs for psychological or behavioral disorders, up 22% from 10 years ago.

One Dose, Lasting Personality Changes

One dose of psilocybin, the hallucinogenic chemical in “magic mushrooms”, can cause long lasting personality changes. That’s the conclusion from a research study just published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.

Can Ecstasy Cure PTSD?

MDMA, and its often less pure form “ecstasy”, can keep clubbers wired and willing to dance until the sun comes up. Now doctors think it could help treat post traumatic stress disorder.

New Prescription Drug “works in Peru”

Drug companies are increasingly taking clinical trials overseas, where human subject protections are suspect.

Coffee and Depression: Is there a link?

To all the ladies out there: Feeling a little under-the-weather? Run to the nearest Starbucks and slam a cup of Joe. A new study says the more coffee you drink, the happier happy you’ll be.

Facebook or Shit-Faced Book?

Teens browse pictures, posts, and videos of the very parties their curfews are meant to censor. Is social networking corrupting our youth? Research says YES.

ASAM (finally) Says Addiction is More than Substance Abuse

For the first time, The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has taken an official position that addiction is more than problematic substance abuse. But the new definition has some worried about what this could mean for the treatment field.

Eternal Sunshine of the Cokeless Mind

Who knew that a pill used to treat hypertension can also erase memories? This unintentional discovery has researchers hoping that they’ve found the first way to treat cocaine abuse, not just withdrawal symptoms.