Drug Abuse News

Date Posted
Article Title
6/4/2008
Family History of Alcoholism Puts Student Drinkers at Risk

They're more likely to continue abuse after college as well as face behavioral problems

6/2/2008
Marijuana May Shrink Parts of the Brain

Drug can affect memory and result in early psychotic symptoms, researchers say

5/9/2008
Mood Disorders Put Breast Cancer Patients at Risk for PTSD

They're twice as likely to have suffered from depression before the diagnosis

5/8/2008
Computer Program Helps Drug Abusers Stay Clean

Software training supplements counseling, could also treat other psychiatric disorders

4/29/2008
Youngest Drug Users Most Likely to Leave Treatment Programs

Being homeless also contributed to early dropout rate, study says

4/22/2008
Pot Plus Alcohol Kills Young Rats' Brain Cells

Finding another warning to pregnant women that drug use can affect fetal brain development

4/18/2008
Gene Therapy in Rats Reduces Cocaine Use

Boosting brain's dopamine receptors could lead to treatments for other addictions as well

4/10/2008
User Registry May Help Docs Stem Painkiller Abuse

Stricter policies could protect patients and physicians from consequences of misuse

4/9/2008
Researchers Define Mechanism of Methamphetamine Addiction

Changes in brain's dopamine levels could point to more effective treatments of drug abuse

3/17/2008
Chest Pain May Signal Cocaine Use in Young Patients

It's important that doctors ask about drug use upfront, experts say

3/5/2008
Deficit in Brain Function Puts Teens at Risk of Drug Abuse

Frontal cortex at center of ability to control impulsive responses, study finds

3/4/2008
Substance Abusers With PTSD Face Poorer Outcomes

Finding shows half with drug dependence also have post-traumatic stress disorder

3/4/2008
Troubled Boys Will Abandon Pot When It's Deemed Uncool

But trouble-prone girls aren't swayed by adolescent drug use trends

3/3/2008
Non-Medical Use of Prescriptions Linked to Drug Abuse Risk

Study of college students finds 20% took substances without approval

3/1/2008
ADHD Drugs Won't Raise Risk of Substance Abuse

Study of young adults finds no link between stimulant treatment and alcohol, drug use

2/8/2008
Quitting Marijuana Just as Hard as Quitting Cigarettes

Study found smokers experienced irritability, anger and sleep disturbances

2/4/2008
1 in 3 Hit Songs Mentions Substance Abuse, Smoking

Rap music especially prone to these types of lyrics, survey finds

2/1/2008
Key Risk Factors for Suicide Consistent Across Globe

Sex, age, education, mental health and marital status underpin findings of 17-nation study

1/30/2008
Drug-Related Images Trigger Brain's Reward Center

Addictive substances hijack brain areas tied to urges for food, sex

12/13/2007
Fetal Alcohol Exposure May Prime Offspring for Alcoholism

Rat studies suggest the senses learn to like drinking early on

11/19/2007
Cannabis Compound May Stop Metastatic Breast Cancer

But patients can't get enough CBD from just smoking pot, scientists add

11/11/2007
Cocaine Use Dulls Brain's Sensitivity to Rewards

Findings suggest why even positive incentives don't help ease addiction

11/6/2007
Nicotine Plus Alcohol Makes Quitting Tougher

The two habits work together to maintain addiction, study suggests

10/31/2007
Right Dose of Pot Can Ease Pain

But too much can actually boost discomfort, study finds

10/25/2007
Brain Region Tied to Amphetamine Addiction

When the insula was switched off, rats lost the craving, scientists say

8/13/2007
U.S. Culture Boosts Hispanic Immigrants' Substance Abuse Risk

Rates of illegal drug use rose 13-fold after 'acculturation,' study found

7/27/2007
Pot Ups Risk for Mental Illness

The more you smoke, the greater the odds, researchers report

7/13/2007
Major Study Will Assess Painkiller Detox

Addiction to opioids such as OxyContin is rampant across U.S., experts say

7/2/2007
Medicaid Recipients Have Trouble Finding Mental Health Care

Substance abuse programs, too, are concentrated in community, not hospital, settings

6/19/2007
European Kids Using Banned Sports-Doping Drugs

3% of French 15-year-olds have tried salbutamol, steroids, study finds

6/15/2007
Meth Use Among U.S. Youth Higher Than Expected

Almost 3% of college-age Americans have tried the drug, new study finds

6/1/2007
Poor Bond With Siblings May Boost Depression Risk

The exact nature of the link isn't clear, study's authors say

5/9/2007
Bipolar Spectrum Disorder Under-Recognized

And only about 40% of patients receive proper meds, study finds

4/17/2007
Marijuana Compound May Fight Lung Cancer

In cells and in mice, THC shrank tumors, scientists say

4/13/2007
Teens' 'Competence Skills' Key to Avoiding Drug Abuse: Study

Strong self-image, ability to say 'no' deciding factors in resisting peer pressure

4/9/2007
Meth, Cocaine Abuse Boosts Stroke Risk

The drugs trigger spasms in blood vessels, researchers say

4/2/2007
Urine-Based Drug Tests Too Flawed for Widespread Use: Study

Error rate is just too high, researchers say

3/29/2007
First-Time DWI Offenders Often Have Multiple Problems

Besides alcohol use, they often abuse drugs, have psychiatric ills, study finds

3/18/2007
U.S. Opens Study of Prescription Drug Abuse Treatments

6 million Americans reported nonmedical opioid use in previous month, experts say

3/1/2007
Some Brains May Be Predisposed to Substance Abuse

Less dopamine encourages impulsivity and addiction, rat study suggests

2/15/2007
More Teens Abusing Prescription Drugs

But marijuana use is down substantially, White House report finds

2/13/2007
Marijuana May Ease AIDS Patients' Foot Pain

The smoked drug lessens a burning numbness that accompanies the illness, study finds

2/9/2007
Dealers, Family Biggest Sources of Illegal Prescription Painkillers

Study refutes notion Internet is major supplier of Oxycontin, other opiods

2/8/2007
Health Tip: Symptoms of Addiction

Warning signs that your child may need help

2/7/2007
Marijuana-Like Brain Chemicals Ease Parkinson's Symptoms in Mice

The treatment is much more targeted than smoking marijuana, researchers say

1/31/2007
LSD Study Probes Hallucinogen's Effect on Brain

Experiments with mice may lead to new psychiatric drugs, researchers say

11/24/2006
Prescription Painkillers Top Heroin as Drugs of Abuse in Canada

Many users are getting them from contacts within medical system, study finds

11/7/2006
Anabolic Steroids May Boost Crime Rate

But study finds no increase in violent criminality linked to their use

11/2/2006
Mom's Meth Use Passes Drug to Fetus

Hair sampling shows equal exposure in mother, infant

10/30/2006
Drug-Slang Quiz Helps Parents Help Kids

Use of terms like 'fry stick' or 'schwagg' are clues youngsters are in trouble, experts say