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Teens who misuse pain meds are more likely to abuse drugs as adults

ANN ARBOR—A new University of Michigan study about substance abuse confirms why parents should properly dispose of leftover prescription opioids. ...

The Opiate Epidemic: Rutgers Program Plays Role Fighting Escalating Health Crisis

Summer School of Addiction Studies has been educating addiction and behavioral health professionals for nearly 75 years ...

Valium, the ‘safer choice’ that led to dependence and addiction

Valium is a brand name for diazepam, which belongs to a group of drugs called benzodiazepines. Also included in this class are temazepam, oxazepam, nitrazepam, ... Full story

Surgeries found to increase risk of chronic opioid use

A new study reinforces the need for surgeons and physicians to monitor patients' use of painkillers following surgery and use alternative methods of pain control whenever possible. ... Full story

Marijuana use dampens brain's response to reward over time

ANN ARBOR—Most people would get a little 'rush' out of the idea that they're about to win some money. In fact, if you could look into their brain at that very moment, you'd see lots of activity in the part of the brain that responds to rewards. ... Full story

Advice to WHO nations to consider mandatory low-nicotine cigarettes is premature, UB researcher says

BUFFALO, N.Y. – A panel of tobacco researchers that guides 180 World Health Organization countries on developing constructive new regulations for tobacco products recently advised the group to consider a “global nicotine reduction strategy.” ... Full story

Young people drinking less

A new report by Australia’s Centre for Alcohol Policy Research at La Trobe looked at trends in alcohol consumption across the nation and uncovered a stark generational shift responsible for declining drinking rates. ... Full story

Study: Mandatory Treatment Not Effective at Reducing Drug Use, Violates Human Rights

BOSTON - In an analysis recently published in BMJ, which coincided with the UN High Level Meeting on HIV in New York, Boston Medical Center (BMC) clinician researchers assessed current global evidence and found that mandatory treatment for people with substance use disorders is not effective in reducing their drug use. In addition, mandatory treatment, which is defined as treatment ordered, motivated or supervised under the criminal justice system, done without a patient's informed consent violates their human rights and does more harm than benefit to the patient. ... Full story

Trauma in Childhood Linked to Drug Use in Adolescence

National sample of 10,000 teens showed exposure to abuse and domestic violence in particular increased chances of drug use ... Full story

Trauma in Childhood Linked to Drug Use in Adolescence

National sample of 10,000 teens showed exposure to abuse and domestic violence in particular increased chances of drug use ... Full story

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