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Researchers Identify Sharp Rise in Hospitalizations and Health Care Costs Associated with Opioid Abuse

Hospitalizations up 72 percent; costs nearly quadruple to $15 billion ...

Friends 'better than morphine'

People with more friends have higher pain tolerance, Oxford University researchers have found. Katerina Johnson, a doctoral student in the University's Departments of ...

Risk of abuse lower for teens prescribed stimulant medications early in life

ANN ARBOR—Teens who take prescribed stimulant medications such as Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta and methylphenidate within a medical context early in life are at lower risk for developing substance use problems in adolescence, according to a new University of Michigan study. ... Full story

Study Points to How Low-income, Resource-poor Communities Can Reduce Substance Abuse

UC Riverside-led research focused on African Americans in the Arkansas Mississippi Delta ... Full story

Study finds 60 per cent of bottle shops sell alcohol to teens without checking ID

More than half of Australia’s bottle shops are selling alcohol to teenagers without checking their age, a Deakin University study has found. ... Full story

Increasing use of internet to buy and sell drugs

Findings from the latest Illicit Drug Monitoring System (IDMS) study show 72 per cent of frequent drug users report increased buying and selling drugs via social media and encrypted websites. ... Full story

Slight increase in drug consumption in 2015

Drug sales measured in defined daily doses (DDD) increased by 2 per cent from 2014 to 2015. Revenue growth was 8.6 per cent. This is shown in "Drug Consumption in Norway 2011-2015", a report issued by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. ... Full story

Drug Abuse and the Family Tree

Opioid use in adolescence may affect the health of the next generation and beyond - See more at: http://now.tufts.edu/articles/drug-abuse-and-family-tree#sthash.1uTvPxeL.dpuf ... Full story

Long-lasting effect of motivational interviews in reducing risky opioid use

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — As America battles an epidemic of deaths from misused pain pills, a new study suggests an inexpensive way to cut risky use of these drugs by people who have a high chance of overdosing. ... Full story

UBC research aims to clear the haze on cannabis use in Canada

As Canada prepares for the expected legalization of cannabis, a new study will examine cannabis use and provide clear guidance for creating regulations and policies. ... Full story

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