Addiction News

Painkiller Addiction Up Risk of Birth Defects

January 23rd, 2015
As painkiller (opioid) abuse permeates our country, many are unaware that medications such as codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, or morphine may increase the risk for serious birth defects. Prescription opioid-based medications are used to treat severe pain and are easily abused. Their use may ...

Nicotine Metabolism May Show Best Route to Quit

January 20th, 2015
If you are trying to quit smoking, knowing the rate at which your body metabolizes nicotine may be the key to success, according to new research from the University of Toronto. The study findings may eventually lead to personalized cessation treatments which ...

Little Evidence Opioid Drugs Work for Chronic Pain

January 17th, 2015
New research has found little to no evidence that opioid drugs are effective for long-term chronic pain, despite explosive growth in their use, according to a new paper released by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The findings reveal that many of the ...

Substance Abuse in the Elderly

January 8th, 2015
Substance abuse issues among the elderly represent a growing public health concern. Researchers say that close to three million Americans aged 55 and older suffer from alcohol abuse -- and this figure is expected to reach nearly six million by 2020. Moreover, the rate ...

Taxes Can Reduce Binge Drinking

January 6th, 2015
New research discovers that higher alcohol taxes are an effective method to protect against binge drinking. A decline in episodes of binge drinking is linked to less alcohol-related deaths as well as a significant economic gain. Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) ...

Mouse Study IDs Protein Driving Circadian Rhythms

January 4th, 2015
A new study has found that a certain protein helps regulate the internal clock of mice, a finding that eventually may aid in the treatment of a number of disorders. For the study, published in Nature Communications, a research team led by Thomas ...

Alcohol-Related Blackouts Too Common Among Teens

January 2nd, 2015
A new study has identified the strongest predictors for occurrence of alcohol-related blackouts (ARB) in young people (ages 15-19). The study is the first to examine blackout trajectories over time for this age group. The study, published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, ...

Greater Risk of Premature Death Seen in Neighborhoods With Check-Cashing Outlets

January 1st, 2015
New research suggests a link between the density of both check-cashing places and stores that sell alcohol in a neighborhood and the risk of premature death in people between the ages of 20 and 59. The link was stronger in men than in ...

Doctors Prescribing Fewer Opioids for Pain

December 27th, 2014
Nine out of 10 primary care doctors say that prescription drug abuse is a problem in their communities, and nearly half say they are less likely to prescribe opioids for pain than they were a year ago, according to a new study ...

Brain’s Reward System Begins Normalizing a Few Months Into Opioid Remission

December 23rd, 2014
A few months into recovery, patients who have successfully stopped taking prescription opioids show signs that their brains’ natural reward systems are starting to normalize, according to a new study published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine. The researchers assessed changes in the ...