Drugs & Alcohol
US authorities: Marijuana involvement imperils citizenship  ABC NEWS · 2 days
Immigration authorities on Friday said that anyone with any involvement with marijuana, regardless of whether it's legal in the state they live in, can be denied from citizenship because the drug is still outlawed by federal... more
Marijuana users weigh less, defying the munchies  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
New evidence suggests that those who smoke cannabis, or marijuana, weigh less compared to adults who don't. The findings are contrary to the belief that marijuana users who have a serious case of the... more
The secret to a stable society? A steady supply of beer doesn't hurt  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Scientists analyzed bits of beer vessels from an ancient Peruvian brewery to learn what the beer was made of and where the... more
US corporations embracing 420 as pot legalization grows  ABC NEWS · 2 days
April 20 is the day stoners decades ago chose to celebrate their love of marijuana, but as pot legalization expands some mainstream brands are joining the party more
Brands roll with stoner 'holiday' as pot legalization grows  ABC NEWS · 2 days
April 20 is the day stoners decades ago chose to celebrate their love of marijuana, but as pot legalization expands some mainstream brands are joining the party more
Australian heavy drinking trends: Heavy drinkers consuming more than half of all alcohol  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
Researchers have found the heaviest drinking 10 percent of Australians drink over half the alcohol consumed in Australia, downing an average of... more
Investigation of illegal painkillers targets 30 in Tennessee  ABC NEWS · 3 days
Federal authorities have charged more than 30 medical professionals in Tennessee with illegally prescribing and distributing millions of prescription painkillers, many of which contained opioids more
US awards $350M in research funds to fight opioid epidemic  ABC NEWS · 3 days
U.S. health officials award $350 million to states struggling with opioid epidemic with goal of cutting overdose deaths by 40% more
The secret to a stable society? A steady supply of beer doesn't hurt  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
A thousand years ago, the Wari empire stretched across Peru. At its height, it covered an area the size of the Eastern... more
Georgia Gov. Kemp signs medical marijuana bill  ABC NEWS · 4 days
Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp has signed into law a bill that would allow certain patients to access a low-potency cannabis oil they can already legally use more
Medical News Today: Can you drink alcohol with antibiotics?  MNT · 4 days
Alcohol can interact with some antibiotics. This interaction can reduce their effectiveness or cause mild to severe side effects. In this article, we look at whether people should limit alcohol... more
60 people charged in illegal prescription opioid crackdown  ABC NEWS · 4 days
Federal authorities say they have charged 60 people, including 31 doctors, for their roles in illegal prescribing and distributing of opioids and other dangerous drugs more
Researchers explore consumer response to the use of recycled water in wine production  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
With a diminishing supply of safe freshwater in many areas, and increasing periods of drought that further limit that supply, we are... more
Oxytocin blocks excess drinking in alcohol-dependent rats  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
The neuropeptide oxytocin blocks enhanced drinking in alcohol-dependent rats, according to a study published April 16 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology led by Drs. Tunstall, Koob and Vendruscolo of the National Institutes of... more
PCORI’s newly approved awards focus on cancer pain and opioid use disorders  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors today approved $44.6 million to fund 12 studies comparing the best ways to treat a... more
How college students can end up in vicious cycle of substance abuse, poor academics, stress  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
One negative behavior such as substance abuse or heavy alcohol drinking can lead college students toward a vicious... more
Budweiser Brews Limited Lager for Moon Landing 50th Anniversary  SPACE.COM · 5 days
Budweiser has brewed a new limited edition beer in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. more
Oxytocin could help treat alcohol use disorder  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
The neuropeptide oxytocin blocks enhanced drinking in alcohol-dependent rats, according to a new study. more
CVS fined $535K for filling forged Percocet prescriptions  ABC NEWS · 5 days
Drugstore chain CVS Health has agreed to pay a $535,000 penalty to resolve federal allegations that it filled 39 prescriptions for narcotic medications that its pharmacists knew were forged more
Marijuana legalization – a rare issue where women are more conservative than men  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Surveys show that on issue after issue, women are more liberal than men, save for one: Men are more likely than women... more
Smelling your favorite food or beverage could curb cigarette cravings  NEWS MEDICAL · 5 days
Struggling to curb that cigarette habit? A new study has found that people trying quit smoking may benefit from inhaling pleasant-smelling aromas like peppermint, chocolate, or vanilla. more
Indicators of despair rising among Americans entering midlife  NEWS MEDICAL · 5 days
Indicators of despair--depression, suicidal ideation, drug use and alcohol abuse--are rising among Americans in their late 30s and early 40s across most demographic groups, according to new research led by Lauren Gaydosh,... more
Indicators of despair rising among Gen X-ers entering middle age  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Indicators of despair -- depression, suicidal ideation, drug use and alcohol abuse -- are rising among Americans in their late 30s and early 40s across most demographic groups,... more
Neuronal mechanisms underlying formation and retrieval of cocaine-associated memories  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
The environmental context in which addicts experience the rewarding effects of cocaine can readily elicit cocaine-associated memories. These memories persist long after abstinence and trigger cocaine-craving and consumption. more
Nebraska's tough approach to medical marijuana may backfire  ABC NEWS · 6 days
Nebraska's conservative lawmakers are again expected to reject a measure calling for highly regulated medical marijuana, but that likely won't end of the issue more
Cell-type specific mechanism for formation and retrieval of cocaine-associated memories  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Scientists have revealed neuronal mechanisms underlying the formation and retrieval of cocaine use-associated memories. Their research sheds light on how drug addiction develops and reveals pathways that can... more
Sniffing pleasant odors may decrease cigarette craving  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Smokers who are trying to quit may not always have to reach for a piece of nicotine gum to stave off a craving. Deliberately inhaling a pleasant aroma may be enough to reduce the... more
Medical News Today: Experimental drug may ease opioid withdrawal symptoms  MNT · 1 week
New research suggests that a drug that scientists initially developed to treat major depressive disorder may be an effective therapy for opioid addiction. more
Heterogeneous ice nucleation correlates with bulk-like interfacial water  Science Magazine · 1 week
Establishing a direct correlation between interfacial water and heterogeneous ice nucleation (HIN) is essential for understanding the mechanism of ice nucleation. Here, we study the HIN efficiency on polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) surfaces... more
Opioid epidemic may have cost US governments $37.8 billion in tax revenue  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
The opioid epidemic may have cost U.S. state and federal governments up to $37.8 billion in lost tax revenue due to opioid-related employment loss. more
Medical News Today: How marijuana affects the body  MNT · 1 week
Marijuana has several potential physical and psychological effects on the body, such as lung irritation and increased appetite. Learn more about the effects of marijuana on the body here. more
How marijuana affects the body  MNT · 1 week
Marijuana has several potential physical and psychological effects on the body, such as lung irritation and increased appetite. Learn more about the effects of marijuana on the body here. more
The U.S government may account for up to $37.8 billion due to opioid epidemic  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
The opioid epidemic may have cost U.S. state and federal governments up to $37.8 billion in lost tax revenue due... more
Tax increase on tobacco, alcohol, and SSBs could save millions of lives  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Low-and-middle income countries continue to face a growing burden of morbidity and mortality attributable to the consumption of tobacco, alcohol and of sugar sweetened... more
New series offers global evidence detailing role of surgery in the opioids crisis  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Targets to eliminate pain after surgery have driven increases in the use of opioids, and are a major cause of the opioid... more
Medical News Today: What to know about lip cancer  MNT · 1 week
Lip cancer is a type of head and neck cancer that often starts with a lump on the lip that does not heal. Common risk factors for lip cancer include... more
Cancer patients and those with anemia should not be denied opioids, says CDC  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
The U.S. CDC has issued a letter clarifying that people suffering from severe pain caused by cancer or sickle-cell anemia should not... more
Nurses use local, real-time maps of opioid overdoses to inform clinical practice in real time  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Nurse practitioners and nursing students can use local, real-time maps of opioid overdoses to inform their clinical work... more
Nurses use FDNY geospatial mapping of opioid overdoses to inform clinical practice in real time  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Nurse practitioners and nursing students can use local, real-time maps of opioid overdoses to inform their clinical work... more
Penn State-led project focuses on opioid addiction treatment in teens  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Substance use disorders continue to rise at alarming rates among adolescents, with opioid abuse contributing to this significant public health problem. more
A new molecule to fight type 2 diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A new molecule -EPB-53-, could help fight type 2 diabetes and the non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. According to a new study, the... more
Anti-opioid addiction drug maker charged with fraud  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Federal prosecutors in Virginia say the company that makes a Suboxone strips to curb opioid addiction has been lying for years about the relative safety of its product more
New molecule could help fight type 2 diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A new molecule -EPB-53-, could help fight type 2 diabetes and the non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, according to a new study led... more
Alcohol, Cannabis and Other Drugs: A Pharmacological Evaluation  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Understanding the interactions between alcohol and cannabis can provide researchers, clinicians and other HCPs with important information on the severity of their side effects. more
Study of OUD treatment creates new metric to illustrate disadvantaged areas in the U.S.  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Ohio, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia have the highest disparity between opioid-related deaths and access to treatment providers... more
Bringing Maine researchers together to identify solutions to opioid epidemic in Maine  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
The MDI Biological Laboratory and the University of New England are bringing Maine researchers together to discuss how they can collaborate to identify solutions... more
Nicotine concentration in JUUL e-cigarette products is dangerously high, finds study  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Little is known about the potential health effects of JUUL e-cigarette products that have recently risen in popularity, especially among adolescents. more
Prescribed medication reduces arrests, incarceration among people with opioid use disorder  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
When it comes to addressing the national opioid crisis, most of the research has focused on the physical health risks faced by people with opioid use... more
US warns docs not to abruptly halt opioid pain treatment  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
FDA warns doctors about risks of abruptly halting opioid prescribing to patients dependent on powerful drugs more
Combining opioids and marijuana may be advantageous for pain sufferers  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Researchers report combining cannabinoids with morphine did not significantly increase impulsivity or memory impairment in a study conducted in rhesus monkeys. The findings suggest using opioids and marijuana... more
Marijuana for morning sickness? It's not great for baby's brain  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
With a growing number of states legalizing recreational or medical marijuana, more women are using the drug during pregnancy, in part due to its reported ability to relieve... more
Graphic anti-smoking warning labels on cigarette packs may deter some sales  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Placing graphic anti-smoking warning labels on cigarette packages may deter some adults from purchasing tobacco products, but the strategy is unlikely to influence those smokers who... more
Grapes on Mars? Georgia winemakers aiming high  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Georgia is immensely proud of its ancient wine-making tradition, claiming to have been the first nation to make wine. Now it wants to be the first to grow grapes on Mars. more
Engineers develop concept for hybrid heavy-duty trucks  MIT · 2 weeks
Long-haul trucks with electric motors combined with gas-alcohol engines could slash pollution levels and greenhouse gases. more
Opioids advocate now working with plaintiffs in lawsuits  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
A doctor who spent decades promoting a broader use of prescription painkillers is now helping state and local governments that are suing the drug industry over the toll of the opioid crisis more
Researcher finds adolescent views of law enforcement can improve over time  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
What do cheese, jeans and wine all have in common? They get better with time. New research from Florida State University finds that's also true of... more
Beer and fodder crop has been deteriorating for 6,000 years  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
The diversity of the crop sorghum, a cereal used to make alcoholic drinks, has been decreasing over time due to agricultural practice. To maintain the diversity of the... more
Performance-enhancing drugs may increase risk of teen cocaine abuse, impair fertility  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Performance-enhancing steroid use could increase the risk of cocaine use and addiction in teens, according to a new rodent study. The combination of these drugs could... more
Beer and fodder crop has been deteriorating for 6,000 years  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The diversity of the crop Sorghum, a cereal used to make alcoholic drinks, has been decreasing over time due to agricultural practice. To maintain the diversity of the... more
New study explains why drinking alcohol causes the munchies  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
New research in mice suggests that a shared circuit in the brain could be one reason why heavy drinking and high-fat 'junk food' cravings go hand in hand. more
Blocking opioid receptors could reduce hormone-therapy-fueled increases in sugar intake  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Estradiol is a commonly prescribed estrogen therapy. Previous research has found that rats treated with the hormone experience an increase in sugar consumption. But according to new research,... more
Experimental drug shows promise for opioid withdrawal symptoms  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
While medicines are available to relieve withdrawal symptoms in people recovering from opioid addiction, they cause side effects and can maintain the brain changes that led to addiction in the first place,... more
Film explores rural health care amid poverty, opioid crisis  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
A new documentary explores the world of rural health care workers amid poverty and a persistent opioid crisis more
Smoking pot vs. tobacco: What science says about lighting up  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
As more states make it legal to smoke marijuana, some government officials, researchers and others worry what that might mean for one of the country's biggest public health... more
Medical News Today: Alcohol use disorder: Brain damage may progress despite sobriety  MNT · 2 weeks
Scientists have compared the brains of people with alcohol use disorder with those of people without the disorder. They also studied rodents. more
Alcohol use disorder: Brain damage may progress despite sobriety  MNT · 2 weeks
Scientists have compared the brains of people with alcohol use disorder with those of people without the disorder. They also studied rodents. more
Exemptions surge as parents and doctors do ‘Hail Mary’ around vaccine laws  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
At two public charter schools in the Sonoma wine country town of Sebastopol, more than half the kindergartners received medical exemptions from state-required vaccines... more
Medical News Today: 'Even moderate alcohol consumption increases stroke risk'  MNT · 2 weeks
A large cohort study in a Chinese population contradicts previous findings suggesting that moderate alcohol intake can protect against stroke. more
Hawaii legislative committee kills flavored e-cigarette ban  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Hawaii lawmakers killed a proposal to ban flavored electronic smoking devices and e-liquids, saying they suspected teenagers would continue to get the products online even if sales were prohibited more
Moderate drinking does not protect against stroke, new study shows  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Blood pressure and stroke risk increase steadily with increasing alcohol intake, and previous claims that 1-2 alcoholic drinks a day might protect against stroke are dismissed by new... more
Guam legalizes recreational use of marijuana  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
The governor of Guam has signed into law a bill that legalizes the recreational use of marijuana on the U.S. island territory more
Lawmakers bring back bills protecting state cannabis rules  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers has reintroduced legislation that would ensure states have the right to enact their own marijuana policies within their borders more
Some legal immigrants in marijuana jobs denied citizenship  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Colorado officials are warning legal immigrants that working in the state's marijuana industry could jeopardize their legal status, and lawyers say two people were denied U.S. citizenship because of their jobs more
Legal immigrants in pot industry fret over citizenship bids  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Officials are warning legal immigrants that working in Colorado's marijuana industry could jeopardize their legal status, and lawyers say two people were denied U.S. citizenship because of their jobs more
Opioid epidemic is increasing rates of some infectious diseases  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
The US faces a public health crisis as the opioid epidemic fuels growing rates of certain infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, heart infections, and skin and soft tissue infections. Infectious... more
Alcohol-induced brain damage continues after alcohol is stopped  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Although the harmful effects of alcohol on the brain are widely known, the structural changes observed are very heterogeneous. In addition, diagnostic markers are lacking to characterize brain damage induced by alcohol,... more
Better if it's man-made or woman-made?  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Imagine you're reading the label of a craft beer. Among the notes you see the name of the brewer: Jane. Does knowing a woman made this beer change your perception of it? Will it taste as... more
Opioid epidemic fuels growing rates of some infectious diseases  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
The United States faces a converging public health crisis as the nation's opioid epidemic fuels growing rates of certain infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, heart infections, and skin and soft... more
The FDA Is Investigating a Possible Link Between E-cigarettes and Seizures  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 weeks
There have been 35 reported cases of people who had seizures shortly after they used e-cigarettes. more
Study reveals genes associated with heavy drinking and alcoholism  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
A large genomic study of nearly 275,000 people has revealed new insights into genetic drivers of heavy drinking and alcohol use disorder (AUD), the uncontrollable pattern of alcohol use commonly... more
Psychostimulants play a major role in fatal strokes among young adults  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
An estimated 76 million people use psychostimulants, which include illicit drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine, and 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, as well as prescription stimulants. A new study from... more
Compounds derived from common hop plant thwart cancer cells  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
The plant that adds flavor, color and bitterness to beer also produces a primary compound that thwarts cancer cells, and two important derivatives of the compound do as well, new... more
UMN study shows impact of opioids on pain and survival in sickle cell disease  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
New UMN research recently published Blood Advances, Kalpna Gupta, PhD, Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School, demonstrates the... more
Liver, colon cancer cells thwarted by compounds derived from hops  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
The plant that adds flavor, color and bitterness to beer also produces a primary compound that thwarts cancer cells, and two important derivatives of the compound do as... more
'NarcoLogic' computer model shows unintended consequences of cocaine interdiction  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Efforts to curtail the flow of cocaine into the United States from South America have made drug trafficking operations more widespread and harder to eradicate. more
Family behind OxyContin calls opioid suit false, misleading  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
The wealthy family who owns the company is calling a Massachusetts lawsuit false and misleading in its first court response to allegations that the family helped fuel the deadly opioid epidemic more
Study reveals new insights into genetic drivers of heavy drinking and alcohol use disorder  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
A large genomic study of nearly 275,000 people led by Penn Medicine researchers revealed new insights into genetic drivers of... more
Methane oxidation on the plus side – A selective industrial route to methanesulfonic acid  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Methane is a major component in natural gas and one of the most difficult molecules for controlled activation, since most... more
People with treatment-resistant depression at higher risk of developing substance use syndrome  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
People suffering from treatment resistant depression are at a higher risk of developing substance use disorders than other patients with depression, reports a study... more
Brain growth inhibited by heavy alcohol use  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
New research in nonhuman primates shows that heavy use of alcohol can actually slow the rate of growth in developing brains. The study, to be published April 1, in the journal eNeuro, shows that... more
Research shows cocaine trafficking adapts to law enforcement efforts  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The success of illegal drug trafficking through wider and wider swaths of Central America is a consequence of law enforcement activity to curtail it, according to new research led by... more
Depression, obesity, chronic pain could be treated by targeting the same key protein  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Major depression, obesity and chronic pain are all linked to the effects of one protein, called FKBP51. Researchers have now developed a... more
Next-generation single-dose antidotes for opioid overdoses  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Fentanyl's powerful effects are long-lasting, and even tiny amounts of the drug can lead to an overdose. Antidotes, such as naloxone, do not last long enough in the body to fully counter the drug, requiring repeated... more
Understanding what makes Tennessee whiskey unique  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Freshly distilled, un-aged whiskey is filtered over charcoal made from the sugar maple tree in a mysterious, but necessary step known as the Lincoln County Process. By law, a product cannot be called Tennessee whiskey without... more
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