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Researchers Discover Metabolic Enzymes With 'Widespread Roles' In Opium Poppy
2013-10-04 10:38:30

University of Calgary Discovery could lead to better production of valuable painkilling drugs from plants and microorganisms University of Calgary scientists have discovered metabolic enzymes in the opium poppy that play "widespread roles" in enabling the plant to make painkilling morphine and codeine, and other important compounds. The discovery, by university researcher Peter Facchini and PhD student Scott Farrow, includes the first biochemical reaction of its kind ever reported in...

2013-08-10 23:02:09

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, heroin use in the U.S. rose an alarming 75 per cent between 2007 and 2011. Heroin abusers can seek the help they need at a detox center such as Harbor Village to start the recovery process. Miami, Florida (PRWEB) August 10, 2013 According to The Daily Mail (8/6) in their news story titled, The new face of heroin: Number of affluent teenagers from the suburbs using the drug is shooting up in alarming numbers, the...

2013-05-18 23:13:48

Opium Addiction Treatment and Rehab Announced by Recovery Associates, Offering Drug Treatment for Those Addicted to Opium and Heroin Houston, Texas (PRWEB) May 18, 2013 Recovery Associates, through its multiple therapeutic tracks, is placing an emphasis upon opium addiction treatment, helping men and women break free from this harrowing, potent drug. Opium addiction might not start out as full-blown addiction. Opium can be acquired through a doctor´s prescription for pain relief....

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2012-06-02 07:26:57

Scientists studying opium poppies say that they have pinpointed the genes responsible for producing a compound which can be used as a cough suppressant and cancer-fighting agent. According to Reuters reporter Ben Hirschler, researchers at the University of York and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) located a cluster of 10 genes which they claim are responsible for the creation of noscapine within the poppies. Noscapine has been used for many years to fight coughs, and recent studies have shown that...

2012-04-18 13:42:36

Strong associations with circulatory diseases, respiratory conditions and cancer Long term opium use, even in relatively low doses, is associated with almost double the risk of death from many causes, particularly circulatory diseases, respiratory conditions and cancer, concludes a study published on bmj.com today. The findings remind us not only that opium is harmful, but raise questions about the risks of long term prescription opioids for treatment of chronic pain. The research...

Medicine
2011-08-24 13:17:37

  Analysis: Facing up to the prescription opioid crisis Action is needed to tackle the increasing number of deaths in the United States and Canada from prescription painkillers known as opioids, experts reported on bmj.com August 23. Opioids are prescription painkillers that contain compounds derived from the opium poppy. While they have long been used to control the symptoms of cancer and acute medical conditions, they are increasingly being used to control chronic pain,...

2011-06-25 00:00:31

Release of the 2011 World Drug Report by the UN Office of Drugs and Crime spurs debate on the correct tactics for combating international drug trafficking, abuse and addiction. Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 24, 2011 On June 23, 2011, the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released their annual report on the state of drug trafficking and abuse around the world, the 2011 World Drug Report (WDR). This report covers such diverse topics as the Afghan opium poppy blight, South...

2011-05-20 00:00:29

The Prescription Addiction Radio Show - Breaking the Silence will be delving into the following question Sunday night May 22nd: How has the "opium epidemic of the 21st century" and the marketing of legal narcotics courtesy of the FDA continued to proliferate with the silence from the media and medical establishment. Tampa/St Petersburg/Clearwater, FL (PRWEB) May 18, 2011 The Prescription Addiction Radio Show - Breaking the Silence will be delving into the following question Sunday night...

2011-04-26 23:36:57

Approximately 27,500 people died from unintentional drug overdoses in 2007, driven to a large extent by prescription opioid overdoses. This is 4.6 times as many deaths as all U.S. fatalities in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Unintentional overdose deaths in teens and adults have reached epidemic proportions in the U.S. In some 20 states in 2007 the number of unintentional drug poisoning deaths exceeded either motor vehicle crashes or suicides, two...

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2010-06-24 07:20:00

A UN report said Wednesday that drug use is moving away from cocaine and opiates and growing towards synthetic drugs. "The world's supply of the two main problem drugs -- opiates and cocaine -- keeps declining," the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) found in its 2010 World Drug Report presented Wednesday. It noted that the land used for opium cultivation in the last two years has shrunk by 23 percent.  Coca cultivation has dropped by 28 percent in the last decade. The...