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Energy drinks + alcohol = public health threat Mixing alcohol with energy drinks is much riskier than just drinking alcohol alone, reports a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Researchers from the University of Michigan Institute for... December 3, 2013
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Can over-the-counter painkillers help with marijuana memory problems? While marijuana is often used to treat a variety of medical conditions, the cognitive side effects can pose challenges for users. A new study published by Cell Press reveals what molecular pathways... November 29, 2013
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Natural compound resveratrol minimizes effects of methamphetamine abuse Could a red wine habit help cure a meth addiction? Resveratrol, a natural chemical compound found in grapes, red wine and colored vegetables, has been shown to help minimize the effects of Parkinson'... November 20, 2013
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Is sobriety contingent upon spirituality? An increased association with spirituality is linked to better sobriety rates among teens who receive substance abuse treatment, reports a new study. Researchers from the University of Akron, Case... November 14, 2013
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Quitting drugs cold turkey could lead to mental decline A new animal study from Georgetown University Medical Center suggests the "cold turkey" approach to drug withdrawal may not be the healthiest method for long-term mental health. The observations of... November 11, 2013
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Addicts don't chase the high, they avoid the low New research from Rutgers University suggests that addicts aren't necessarily hardwired to recreate the "high" they experience while using their drug of choice. Instead, the study reveals, they are... November 8, 2013
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Long-term use of prescription painkillers ups depression risk Narcotic pain killer addiction is on the rise, quickly becoming one of the nation's most dangerous substance abuse problems. And new research confirms that long-term use of prescription opioid... November 3, 2013
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Cocaine and cannabis use can trigger addictive behaviors It may not be surprising, but new research reveals that regular cannabis and cocaine users have increased levels of impulsive behavior. Previously, it was thought that only occasional users showed... October 29, 2013
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Crystal Meth Use Increases Risk for Injecting Drugs Young people who use crystal methamphetamine are more likely to inject drugs, reports a new study published in the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). The research found that injection rates... October 21, 2013
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Is marijuana really a gateway drug? While public approval of marijuana use continues to grow, more and more teenagers are dabbling in the drug - but does experimentation with pot lead to the use of more "hard" drugs? That's the... October 15, 2013