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Age concern in largest ever study of heroin user deaths

Older users of opioids such as heroin are 27 times more likely to become a victim of homicide than the general population, ...

Daily drinking increases risk of alcoholic cirrhosis

This media release by the Journal of Hepatology features European research by CAMH’s Director of Social and Epidemiological Research, Dr. Jürgen Rehm ...

Snus is a gateway to smoking among adolescents

The use of snus (moist snuff), a less negative attitude towards smoking and low self-esteem increase the risk of adolescents becoming smokers before they complete upper secondary school. Researchers at Umeå University, Center for Clinical Research Dalarna and Uppsala University, Sweden, claim this in a study in which they monitored the health development of a group of Swedish adolescents. ... Full story

Pro-marijuana ‘tweets’ are sky-high on Twitter

By Jim Dryden - Analyzing every marijuana-related Twitter message sent during a one-month period in early 2014, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that the “Twitterverse” is a pot-friendly place. In that time, more than 7 million tweets referenced marijuana, with 15 times as many pro-pot tweets sent as anti-pot tweets. ... Full story

TV Alcohol Ads Associated with Drinking Behavior in Young People

By Rick Adams - Seeing and liking alcohol advertising on television among underage youths was associated with the onset of drinking, binge drinking and hazardous drinking, according to a study by researchers at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC) and Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) published online by JAMA Pediatrics. ... Full story

Alcoholic drinks contain chemicals that could help suppress alcohol-induced stress

(Kawasaki, Japan, 20 January 2015) By identifying the roles and regulatory protein for genes upregulated by polyphenols in wines and spirits, recent research suggests a potential approach for preventing alcohol-induced stress. This research is featured in the latest issue of the Kawasaki SkyFront iNewsletter that highlights research being conducted by scientists affiliated with Kawasaki INnovation Gateway at SKYFRONT (KING SKYFRONT)—the City's flagship science and technology innovation hub focused on the life sciences and environment. ... Full story

Half of Young Victims of Fatal Crashes in Nine U.S. States Used Either Alcohol or Marijuana

Half of young drivers who died in car crashes in U.S. states such as California, Hawaii and West Virginia were under the influence of either alcohol or marijuana, or both, according to statistics for fatal road accidents involving 16- to 25-year olds in nine U.S. states. ... Full story

US needs harm-reduction approach to drug use, Baker Institute researcher says

Neill: Approach minimizes harm associated with drug use for the individual and society ... Full story

Patch or Pills? How Quickly Smokers Metabolize Nicotine May Point to Most Effective Way to Quit, Penn Study Finds

Researchers found that "normal" metabolizers had better quit rates with varenicline versus the nicotine patch ... Full story

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