Substance Abuse News

Youth May Use Marijuana to Self-Medicate Negative Moods

September 16th, 2014
A new study finds that adolescents and young adults who smoke marijuana frequently may be attempting to manage negative moods by using the drug. Researchers say users may feel better temporarily, but then they tend to feel worse. Also, using marijuana as a ...

1 in 5 Men Admit to Intimate Partner Violence

September 16th, 2014
Male aggression toward their partners is not so rare, it turns out. In a new study, University of Michigan (UM) researchers discovered one in five men in the U.S. report violence towards their spouse or significant other. Warning signs for the violent behavior ...

Why Parents Shouldn’t Play Favorites

September 13th, 2014
New research from Brigham Young University shows that perceived preferential treatment of one child by parents can lead to alcohol, cigarette, and drug use by the less-favored children. That’s in families that aren’t very close to each other -- what researcher Alex Jensen, ...

Little Knowledge, Lots of Overdose Risk for Young Opioid Users

September 7th, 2014
A new study explores for the first time the relationship between non-medical prescription opioid (PO) use in young adults, their knowledge and experience of overdose, and the likelihood of overdose. Opioid-involved overdoses have become a growing public health concern in the last ...

Rat Study: Females More Sensitive to Cannabis

September 6th, 2014
Due to higher estrogen levels, females are at least 30 percent more sensitive to the pain-relieving effects of THC (the active ingredient in cannabis) compared to males, according to a new rat study at Washington State University (WSU). Females are also more susceptible ...

Comparing Adverse Effects of Marijuana, Alcohol

September 3rd, 2014
The emerging debate about whether marijuana is "safer" than other substances has led to a new study documenting how alcohol and marijuana use impacts the psychosocial well-being of high school seniors. Researchers affiliated with New York University published the study online ahead of ...

Family Dinner with Teen Provides Protection from Cyberbullying

September 2nd, 2014
As simple as it sounds, making family dinner with your teen a routine provides a double benefit as the support helps adolescents cope with cyberbullying and improves their overall mental health. Researchers from McGill University studied the association between cyberbullying and mental health ...

3 Factors Tied To Sky-High Suicide Rate Among MDs

August 30th, 2014
A new analysis finds an astonishingly high rate of suicide among physicians in the following categories: those who were found unfit to practice; those in solo practice; or those who were taking benzodiazepine (anti-anxiety) drugs. The analysis, published in the journal General Hospital ...

Team-Based Care Best for Depressed Teens

August 27th, 2014
A new study suggests a collaborative delivery approach provides the best outcome for adolescents with depression. In the model, a depression care manager is teamed with a primary care (pediatrician or family practice) physician. The care manager, usually a nurse with specialized training, ...

Study Finds Veterans Mostly Satisfied with VA Mental Health Care

August 21st, 2014
Despite recent allegations of misconduct and uproar over delays to obtaining care, a new RAND Corporation study finds U.S. veterans are generally satisfied with the mental health care they receive from the Veterans Health Administration (VA). However, the study, conducted in 2008 and 2009, found ...