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2011-02-03 18:17:50

University of Granada scientists have been the first to analyze the relation between drug abuse and recognition of basic emotions (happiness, surprise, wrath, fear, sadness and disgust). This study was carried out with a sample including 123 polysubstance abusers and 67 no-drug users. University of Granada scientists have been the first to analyze the relation between drug abuse and recognition of basic emotions (happiness, surprise, wrath, fear, sadness and disgust) by drug-abusers. Thus,...

2010-09-16 15:14:00

Statement of Steve Pasierb, President Teen Drug Use Rises to 9 Percent; Reinforces That Parents Are Essential NEW YORK, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Troubling increases in teen drug use, including prescription medications and marijuana, as reported in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) released today by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), points directly to the greater need for parent involvement and activism. To help parents...

2010-09-10 14:27:09

Health and social services are facing a new challenge, as many illicit drug users get older and face chronic health problems and a reduced quality of life. That is one of the key findings of research published in the September issue of the Journal of Advanced Nursing. UK researchers interviewed eleven people aged 49 to 61 in contact with voluntary sector drug treatment services. "This exploratory study, together with our wider research, suggest that older people who continue to use...

2010-09-02 11:33:52

New research from the University of New Hampshire shows that the "gateway effect" of marijuana "“ that teenagers who use marijuana are more likely to move on to harder illicit drugs as young adults "“ is overblown. Whether teenagers who smoked pot will use other illicit drugs as young adults has more to do with life factors such as employment status and stress, according to the new research. In fact, the strongest predictor of whether someone will use other illicit drugs is their...

2010-07-15 01:59:23

Just-published research led by a psychologist at the University of Georgia shows that behavioral economic analysis may lead to an improved understanding of craving for alcohol and other drugs. This method of studying how craving alters the way a person values a drug is fairly new, but according to the study, it may well help assess cravings more accurately and contribute to identifying more effective ways to defeat addictions. The research was published Tuesday in the journal Addiction. The...

2010-06-25 15:02:17

Why is it that only some drug users become addicts? This is the question that has been addressed by the teams of Pier Vincenzo Piazza and Olivier Manzoni, at the Neurocentre Magendie in Bordeaux (Inserm unit 862). These researchers have just discovered that the transition to addiction could result from a persistent impairment of synaptic plasticity in a key structure of the brain. This is the first demonstration that a correlation exists between synaptic plasticity and the transition to...

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2010-01-16 08:30:00

Doctors have declared that cannabis, commonly known as marijuana, does not increase the risk of a person taking their life, Reuters recently reported. Dr. Stanley Zammit believes marijuana doesn't have any strong effects on suicide whether it be through depression or anything else. Zammit, of the department of psychological medicine at Cardiff University School of Medicine in the UK, conducted a study using a group of 50,087 men who were drafted into the Swedish military in 1969-1970. These...

2009-11-25 14:25:22

Drug users are well informed about the harms associated with the drugs they use, and perceive alcohol and tobacco to be amongst the most dangerous substances, according to a survey by UCL (University College London) and Imperial College London researchers. The findings, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, suggest that the current system of classifying psychoactive drugs in the UK may need to be revisited. The study, led by Dr Celia Morgan and Professor Valerie Curran at UCL,...

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2009-11-17 13:05:00

New research shows that frequent use of ketamine - a drug popular with clubbers - is being linked with memory problems, BBC News reported. Researchers from the University College London carried out a range of memory and psychological tests on 120 people and found that frequent users performed poorly on skills such as recalling names, conversations and patterns. Additionally, the drug may also cause kidney and bladder damage, according to previous studies. The London team and charity...

2009-05-08 09:42:23

Punitive policies intended to reduce drug use by making life difficult for convicted users are counterproductive and actually lead to a vicious spiral of drug use and reincarceration. Research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy reveals how legal punishment, withdrawal of services and social stigmatization encourage a return to drug use, increased criminal activity and ultimately re-incarceration.Juliana van Olphen from San...


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