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Enzyme malfunction may be why binge drinking can lead to alcoholism

A new study in mice shows that restoring the synthesis of a key brain chemical tied to inhibiting addictive behavior may help ...

Should adolescents be allowed to drink at home? Depends on the home, study finds

A man pours a glass of red wine at a table with a multi-generational family sitting around it. ...

Around The World, Those Treated for Addiction Far More Likely to Smoke

20-Country Review Finds Substance Abuse Programs Do Not Address Tobacco Use ... Full story

If Mom or Dad Is a Smoker, Their Teenager Is More Likely To Be a Smoker Too

Daughters Especially Vulnerable to Mothers’ Cigarette Habits ... Full story

Methadone increases death risk in first four weeks of treatment for opioid dependence

Patients who start treatment for dependence on opioids are five times as likely to die in the first four weeks when they are prescribed the most commonly used treatment, methadone, than with an alternative treatment, buprenorphine, a study by researchers at the University of Bristol, King’s College London and the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at UNSW in Australia has found. ... Full story

The changing face of opioid dependence in Australia

A study by UNSW's National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre has found the number of Australians receiving treatment for dependence on the painkillers codeine and oxycodone trebled in ten years. ... Full story

Methadone raises death risk in first month of treatment for opioid dependence

Opioid-dependent patients are five times more likely to die in the first four weeks of treatment if they are prescribed methadone rather than the alternative treatment, buprenorphine, a new study shows. ... Full story

Teen Marijuana Use Down Despite Greater Availability

Concerns abound over whether laws legalizing pot for medical, recreational use will get drug into hands of more young people ... Full story

NYU Researchers Document Self-Reported Use of New and Uncommon Synthetic Drugs by Teens and Young Adults

In recent years, there has been an increase in emergence and use of a variety of new drugs, so-called “novel psychoactive substances” (NPS) in the US and worldwide. However, there is little published survey data estimating the prevalence of use in the US. Media reports about use of new drugs such as “Spice” (“synthetic marijuana”) and “bath salts” such as “Flakka” are now common, yet very few health surveys ask about use of such drugs. ... Full story

Australia can no longer bottle up alcohol issues

Social activism around substance abuse should not overlook Australia’s most lethal drug – alcohol. ... Full story

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