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Films showing smoking scenes should be rated to protect children from tobacco addiction

GENEVA - WHO is calling on governments to rate movies that portray tobacco use in a bid to prevent children and adolescents ...

Medical Marijuana Users More Likely to Consume Edibles and Vaporize

People who use marijuana for medical purposes are much more likely to vaporize or consume edible forms of the drug than recreational ...

Alcohol industry targets heavy drinkers

Researchers have known for a long time that alcohol consumption is quite concentrated in a small part of the population. They argue about the exact distribution, but there is substantial agreement that, so long as alcohol sales are not heavily restricted, consumption is distributed in a quite predictable way. That is, there are many light and moderate consumers, along with a long tail of those drinking at heavier levels. ... Full story

EMCDDA publish report on antidote for heroin overdose

The first-ever substantive summary of research into take-home naloxone - a single injection that can be given by friends and family to revive someone suspected of heroin overdose - has been published today by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), in collaboration with researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London. ... Full story

Use of ecstasy, heroin, synthetic marijuana, alcohol declined among US teens in 2015

ANN ARBOR—The results from the latest national survey in the Monitoring the Future series on use of licit and illicit drugs by American teenagers show that some important improvements are taking place. ... Full story

Parents have more influence than they might realize to prevent substance use

AMES, Iowa – Adolescence is a time when many children may consider experimenting with alcohol or drugs. New research shows parents can reduce that risk by maintaining a healthy and open relationship with their children. ... Full story

Study links Facebook connections, alcohol use in college-aged females

Athens, Ga. - Researchers at the University of Georgia have found links between certain patterns of connections among Facebook friends and drug and alcohol use among college-aged females. ... Full story

Study to examine kava’s link to drink-driving

Former police officer and soldier Dr Apo Aporosa has received a 2015 Pacific postdoctoral fellowship worth $230,000 from the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) to examine the effects of the popular Pacific Island drink, kava, on driver ability and road safety. ... Full story

From Popping Pills to Using Heroin

NYU Study Finds Three-Quarters of High School Heroin Users Started with Prescription Opioids ... Full story

Study reveals new mechanism in nicotine addiction

Part of the reason people find smoking difficult to quit is that each time they have a cigarette, feelings of craving, irritability and anxiety melt away. This component of addiction is known as negative reward and is controlled in part by a region of the brain called the habenula. ... Full story

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