Substance Abuse News

Higher Risk of Depression, ADHD among Preemies

February 10th, 2015
A new Canadian study has found that extremely low birth weight babies may have a higher risk of psychiatric problems in adulthood than other infants born at normal birth weights. Low birth weight infants, however, are less likely than others to have alcohol ...

Do Social Media Encourage Drinking?

February 10th, 2015
New research suggests the more a Facebook user views shares or comments in alcohol-related pages, the more likely that person will consider drinking alcohol. The findings come from a Michigan State University study which asked more than 400 participants their feelings after they ...
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Cocaine Users Have a Hard Time Predicting Loss

February 9th, 2015
In people with a cocaine addiction, brain circuits responsible for predicting emotional loss become impaired, according to new research conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. That is one reason why many continue to use the drug ...

Different Mental Disorders Show Similar Gray Matter Loss

February 8th, 2015
Researchers have discovered a common pattern of gray matter loss in a spectrum of psychiatric disorders, ranging from schizophrenia to depression to addiction, according to a new meta-analysis of brain-imaging studies by Stanford University School of Medicine. "The idea that these disorders share ...

Study: Opioid Addiction Crisis Fueled by Overprescribing by MDs

February 7th, 2015
Policymakers need to look beyond just the recreational abuse of opioids in their efforts to reduce overdose deaths, and focus more on the problem of doctors who are overprescribing opioids as painkillers, said researchers at Brandeis University, the University of North Florida, ...
Teens Have Easy Access to Guns, Despite Suicide Risk

Many Teens Have Easy Access to Guns, Despite Suicide Risk

February 1st, 2015
Teens with mental health problems who are also at risk for suicide have just as easy access to the guns in their homes as teens without a suicide risk, according to new research from the University of Washington. In fact, 41 percent ...
Single Drinking Binge Can Be Far From Harmless

In Mid-Life, Heavy Drinking is Biggest Risk Factor for Stroke

February 1st, 2015
If you are middle-aged and you consume more than two alcoholic drinks per day, your risk for stroke may be even greater than if you suffer from other well-known risk factors for stroke, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, according to ...
Adult Drug Users with ADHD Tend to Start Earlier

Adult Drug Users with ADHD Tend to Start Earlier

January 29th, 2015
On average, adults who use drugs and also have a history of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder began using substances one to two years earlier than those without ADHD, according to new research from the University of Florida (UF). The findings suggest the need for early ...
Teen 'Pharming' Is a Rising Concern

Teen ‘Pharming’ Is a Rising Concern

January 28th, 2015
A new review suggests new initiatives are needed to address the rise of “pharming,” or recreational use and abuse of prescription drugs, among teenagers. Teens often believe the drugs are harmless with the abuse of prescription medications now the second-most commonly abused drug ...
Kids' Poor Sleep Can Up Risk for Substance Abuse

Kids’ Poor Sleep Can Up Risk for Substance Abuse

January 19th, 2015
It is not a secret that sleep issues are common among American youth. A new study now finds that sleep problems can predict specific substance-related problems. Using a nationally representative sample, researchers discover that sleep difficulties and hours of sleep can predict a number ...