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Medical Field Urged to Look Within for Solution to Opioid Addiction

CINCINNATI—University of Cincinnati (UC) researchers are asking the medical community to consider its own role in the rise in prescription opioid abuse, ...

'Magic Mushrooms' Help Longtime Smokers 'Quit

More research is still needed to test the role of psilocybin in helping people quit ...

Drink driving women treated differently than men

New Zealand may be one of the few countries in the world where alcohol consumption is relatively similar between men and women, but research from Victoria University has found the genders are treated differently when it comes to deterring and reporting on drink-driving. ... Full story

Is there a role for drugs in elite sport?

Attempts to prevent illegal performance-enhancing drugs being used in sport will never succeed, a medical ethics expert will argue in a forthcoming public lecture. ... Full story

High-dose opioid prescribing continues to climb

By Geoff Koehler - High-dose opioid prescribing increased by 23 per cent in Canada between 2006 and 2011, despite clinical guidelines recommending that most patients should avoid high-doses of these drugs, according to new research. ... Full story

In Rats and Men, Nicotine Withdrawal Casts Similar Pall

Reduced reward response in brains helps explain why it’s so hard to quit smoking ... Full story

Researchers back call by world leaders for end to criminalisation of drugs

The Australian Drug Law Reform Initiative (ADLaRI) has welcomed a new report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy that calls for the decriminalisation of drug use and possession, alternatives to incarceration, and a greater emphasis on public health approaches to the problem of drug addiction. ... Full story

Cantabrians in large study on impact of teenage cannabis use

Teenagers who use cannabis daily are 60 per cent less likely to complete high school or get a degree compared with non-users, latest research shows. The study, published in the latest edition of Lancet, also shows daily users are nearly seven times more likely to attempt suicide than peers who do not use cannabis. ... Full story

Daily cannabis users less likely to finish high school

A large UNSW-led meta-analysis in The Lancet Psychiatry shows frequent cannabis use in adolescence is linked with reduced educational attainment by as much as 60% and other problems in young adults. ... Full story

Old dope, new tricks: the new science of medical cannabis

By David J. Allsop and Professor Iain S. McGregor, School of Psychology, University of Sydney ... Full story

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