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2013-07-11 12:27:44

LA JOLLA, Calif., July 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have published one of the first laboratory studies of MDPV, an emerging recreational drug that has been sold as "bath salts." The TSRI researchers confirmed the drug's powerful stimulant effects in rats and found evidence that it could be more addictive than methamphetamine, one of the most addictive substances to date. "We observed that rats will press a lever more often to...

2013-06-27 12:28:19

Drug Caused at Least 50 Fatalities This Year in Pennsylvania HARRISBURG, Pa., June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs issued a warning today about fentanyl and its derivative, acetyl fentanyl, a deadly drug that resembles heroin, but is much more potent and has caused 50 deaths in Pennsylvania this year. After recently confirming five overdoses, including one fatality, from the drug in Lebanon County, the department last week called upon...

2013-06-10 23:18:14

Sold as bath salts, stain removers and other household products, new designer stimulants drugs also known as “bath salts”offer life threatening consequences for users. Detox centers such as Harbor Village provide step-by-step programs to address addiction to these new “designer” drugs. Miami, Florida (PRWEB) June 10, 2013 As reported by Science News on 6/4/13, over the last few years, use of designer stimulants has surfaced as an epidemic in the United States. In...

Prescription Drug Abuse Among Youth Is An Increasing Problem
2013-05-29 06:02:20

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Non-medical prescription drug abuse is on the rise in young people, and a new study from the University of Cincinnati could shed light on what could increase or lower the risk of such abuse. The research team, led by Keith King, professor of health promotion, focused on 54,000 students — 7th through 12th grade — in the Greater Cincinnati area, including the Tristate regions of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. The data they...

Study Drugs: Parents Just Don't Get It
2013-05-21 05:32:06

[ Watch the Video: One in Ten Teens Using Study Drugs ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While the signs and dangers of recreational drug use such as painkillers or LSD are well-known to teens and their parents, a new survey shows the disconnect between parents and their kids when it comes to the use of so-called study drugs. Study drugs are actually medications developed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), such as Adderall and Ritalin. Many...

2013-05-02 23:02:22

The rise in prescription drug abuse has permanently changed the face of addiction–how are treatment centers adjusting their programs to respond to this shift? West Palm Beach, Florida (PRWEB) May 02, 2013 Recently, laws attempting to control and monitor the prescription of habit-forming drugs have been enacted. However, for those who are already addicted, these changes have come too late. In an attempt to combat this alarming and pervasive epidemic, Recovery Associates, a drug and...

Adderall Abuse Among Students Tracked With Twitter
2013-05-02 08:38:06

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Misuse of a commonly-prescribed ADHD medication isn´t just trendy amongst college students hoping to gain an academic advantage during finals time, it´s also trending on Twitter, new research has discovered. Adderall, a psychostimulant medication that contains amphetamine, is being used by an increasing number of post-secondary students as they take their final exams — and those individuals aren´t shying away from...

2013-04-24 10:41:28

In their article "Over 30 million psychedelic users in the United States", Teri S Krebs and Pål-Ørjan Johansen from the Department of Neuroscience at Norwegian University of Science and Technology, use data from a randomly-selected sample of over 57,000 individuals surveyed for the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), to estimate lifetime prevalence of psychedelic use. The authors estimate that approximately 32 million people have used LSD (lysergic...

Survey Finds Teenage Drug Abuse Jumped 33 Percent In Five Years
2013-04-23 14:13:11

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A newly released national survey found that the rate of teens that are abusing prescription drugs has jumped 33 percent over the past five years. Published at Drugfree.org, the Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS) found that 25 percent of teens have misused or abused a prescription drug at least once, a one-third increase since 2008. The study also found a troubling rise in the abuse of prescription stimulants. About 13 percent...

2013-04-23 00:20:38

Parents' Lax Attitudes and Behavior Linked to Teen Rx Drug Misuse and Abuse Nearly One-Third of Parents Believe Stimulants Can Improve Academic Performance, Even for Teens Who Do Not Have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder NEW YORK, April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New, nationally projectable survey results released today by The Partnership at Drugfree.org and MetLife Foundation confirmed that one in four teens has misused or abused a prescription (Rx) drug at least once...