In the Journals

Heavy marijuana users drive worse, even when not intoxicated

January 17, 2020
Recreational marijuana use can impact driving ability in heavy users even when they are not intoxicated, particularly in those who began using the…

In the Journals

ACA may have helped mitigate opioid epidemic

January 10, 2020
The Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act was linked to a reduction in opioid overdose deaths, study findings in JAMA Network Open show. …

In the Journals

Alcohol-related deaths double in US since 1999

January 8, 2020
The number of alcohol-related deaths in the United States each year has doubled between 1999 and 2017, and women experienced the greatest annual…

In the Journals

Adolescent fMRIs can reveal likelihood of future binge drinking

January 7, 2020
Brain imaging of neural regions associated with inhibitory control could predict binge drinking among adolescents, according to study results…

Feature

Study claims CDC underestimates number of drug overdose deaths

January 7, 2020
The CDC’s Multiple Cause of Death database underestimated the number of drug overdose deaths that occurred in the state of Florida over a…

Feature

Kratom’s risk obscured by ‘soft data’

January 6, 2020
The FDA has repeatedly stated that kratom is dangerous, saying it can lead addiction and in some cases, death. However, some experts continue to…

FDA News

FDA bans most e-cigarette flavors

January 2, 2020
HHS Secretary Alex Azar announced that companies that do not stop manufacturing, distributing and selling unauthorized flavored cartridge-based…

Feature

‘Focus on fun’: Reversing the trend of broken New Year’s resolutions

January 2, 2020
By the middle of February, some 80% of people will have broken their New Year’s resolutions, a clinical psychologist wrote in U.S. News and

In the Journals

Cause-specific opioid mortality research reveals need for combination interventions

December 31, 2019
Individuals who use illicitly manufactured opioids or pharmaceutical opioids outside the bounds of a medical prescription experience significant yet…

In the Journals

Automotive plant closures linked to 85% increase in opioid overdose mortality

December 30, 2019
Opioid overdose mortality rates among working-age adults increased 85% in manufacturing counties in the 5 years after an automotive assembly plant…

Feature

Q&A: Overcoming barriers to alcohol use disorder treatment

December 23, 2019
HHS recently announced that six institutions would split $16 million to develop strategies for primary care providers to address unhealthy alcohol…

Congress includes mental illness, substance use disorders funding in 2020 spending bill

December 20, 2019
Congress passed a $1.4 trillion spending bill this week for fiscal year 2020 with provisions that will fund treatment programs and medical research…

In the JournalsPerspective

Text messages modestly helpful in getting pregnant women to stop smoking

December 20, 2019
Published data suggest at least 10% of pregnant women in the United States smoke, even though there is an abundance of data to indicate the risks it…

In the JournalsPerspective

Suicides account for 4% of opioid-related overdose deaths, much lower than previously thought

December 19, 2019
Researchers have estimated that only 4% of opioid-related overdose deaths are due to suicide, which contradicts recent estimates that classified 20%…

In the Journals

Updated depressive model targets patients with prescription opioid use disorder

December 13, 2019
An updated version of an established model for major depressive disorder offers a “useful foundation” toward a comprehensive…

In the Journals

MSM, transgender women who use methamphetamine may benefit from mirtazapine

December 11, 2019
Mirtazapine combined with substance use counseling may reduce methamphetamine use and certain HIV risk behaviors among cisgender men and transgender…

In the Journals

Risk-tolerant patients with opioid use disorder more likely to relapse

December 9, 2019
Computational markers have revealed that patients in treatment for opioid addiction are more likely to relapse when they develop greater tolerance to…

In the Journals

Young children exposed to nicotine may develop hyperactivity, conduct problems

December 6, 2019
Children who are exposed to nicotine during their first four years of life exhibited symptoms of hyperactivity and conduct problems, according to a…

Feature

Ibogaine treatment for opioid use disorder: What you need to know

December 5, 2019
Miami is one of the few places in the United States where researchers study ibogaine, an indole alkaloid found in the root bark of a West African…

In the JournalsPerspective

Discontinuing buprenorphine results in adverse outcomes

December 4, 2019
Risk for overdose and acute care service use were significant following buprenorphine discontinuation regardless of treatment duration, according to…

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