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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending July 24

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending July 24

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Meth, Coke Addiction May Affect Brains of Women More Than Men

It's not clear why past drug dependence is linked to less gray matter in female brains, researchers say.
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Temptations of alcohol being replaced by lure of social media for many young Britons, says new study

The temptations of drink are being replaced by the lure of social media for many young Britons, some of whom worry that their reputations would suffer from drunken antics posted online, according to new research.

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NIH study identifies gene variant linked to compulsive drinking

Carrying a gene variant that affects the release of a specific brain protein may put one at greater risk of developing an alcohol use disorder, according to the results of a recent animal study.

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U of M study explains why hemp and marijuana are different

Genetic differences between hemp and marijuana determine whether Cannabis plants have the potential for psychoactivity, a new study by University of Minnesota scientists shows.

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Alcoholic Weather System? Bar In London Serves 'Cloud Of Breathable Cocktail' That Is Different From Smoking Alcohol

London’s Borough Market will soon be home to a unique way of tying one on. Thanks to a new installation dubbed “Alcoholic Architecture,” pub-goers will now be able to consume their alcohol via a “walk-in cloud of breathable cocktail.”

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Every Drug Court Should Allow Methadone Treatment

WHEN an old offense caught up with 28-year-old Robert Lepolszki last year, he had a full-time job and had kicked heroin. But Frank Gulotta Jr., the Nassau County judge assigned to his case, forced him to end the only treatment that had ever worked: methadone maintenance.

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Marijuana May Be a Gateway Drug Only for Teens Who Have Certain Risk Factors

For decades, the common opinion was that marijuana was a "gateway" that would lead teens to using other stronger drugs.

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In selecting treatment, recent drinking behavior may guide the way

People who reduce their drinking in the two weeks before they enter formal treatment have better treatment outcomes than those who don’t, researchers at the University at Buffalo’s Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) found in a pilot study.

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Short Trip? More People 'Microdosing' on Psychedelic Drugs

For Martijn Schirp, it's a way to make an ordinary day just a little bit better.

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For Families Of Heroin Addicts, Comfort Comes In Sharing Their Stories

In a community center just south of Los Angeles, upwards of 50 people pack into a room to offer each other words of comfort. Most of them are moms, and they've been through a lot.

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Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On: Marijuana and Sleeping

Anyone who has smoked marijuana more than a couple of times knows that cannabis can alter how you sleep.

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Substance abuse reduces brain volume in women but not men

Stimulant drug abuse has long-term effects on brain volume in women, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology.

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Study identifies factors affecting prescription pain reliever misuse

People who misuse prescription pain relievers all have one thing in common, University of Georgia researchers have discovered: a history of recent illicit drug use.

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