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Expert: In Wake of Obama’s Heroin Initiative, New Treatment Options Are Needed

Expert can discuss the need to address the issue of heroin and prescription opioid abuse by developing innovative medical treatments. Specifically, he can describe the features and benefits of an inside-the-cheek format of buprenorphine for the maintenance treatment of opioid addiction.

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New Compounds Could Reduce Alcoholics’ Impulse to Drink

Alcoholism inflicts a heavy physical, emotional and financial toll on individuals and society. Now new discoveries and promising animal studies are offering a glimmer of hope that a new class of drugs could treat the disease without many of the unwanted side effects caused by current therapies. The scientists are presenting their work today at the 250th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society.

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Surge in Heroin Use Tied to Prescription Opioid Abuse, According to CDC

Heroin use has increased 63 percent over the last 10 years according to (CDC). That increase, according to the agency, is closely tied to the growing abuse of prescription opioids such as oxycodone (Percocet), hydrocodone (Vicodin) and codeine. An alarming 45 percent of Americans addicted to heroin are also addicted to prescription opioids.

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Smoking Cessation Drug Not Boosting Number of Smokers Who Quit

The introduction of a new prescription smoking-cessation aid, varenicline, in 2006 has had no significant impact on the rate at which Americans age 18 and older successfully quit smoking, according to a study led by researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.

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Study Finds Lack of Ultimate Meaning in Life Associated with Alcohol Abuse, Drug Addiction and Other Mental Health Problems

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One of the most commonly used treatment models in addiction is the 12-step model developed in the 1930s and rooted in spirituality. Yet, surprisingly, there is no clear understanding about how to nurture spirituality among people struggling with addictions.

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Kids, Teens Win When Mental Health Providers Team with Family Doctors

Children and adolescents who receive integrated mental health and medical treatment are 66 percent more likely to have a good outcome than those who receive more traditional primary care.

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TSRI Chemists Report Nicotine-Chomping Bacteria May Hold Key to Anti-Smoking Therapy

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A study from scientists at The Scripps Research Institute explores a bacterial enzyme that might be used as a drug candidate to help people quit smoking. The research shows this enzyme can be recreated in lab settings and possesses a number of promising characteristics for drug development.

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Falling Off the Wagon with Facebook

Despite the growing use of online support groups such as those on Facebook to help curb substance abuse, attending traditional face-to-face meetings may continue to be more effective for people trying to maintain sobriety, according to research presented at the American Psychological Association’s 123rd Annual Convention.

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Scripps Florida Scientists Makes Strides in Therapy Preventing Addiction Relapse by Erasing Drug-Associated Memories

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Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have made a discovery that brings them closer to a new therapy based on selectively erasing dangerous and tenacious drug-associated memories.

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Opioid Use and Sexual Violence Among Drug-Using Young Adults in NYC

The research seeks to identify the potential role of drug use in increasing risk of sexual violence among young adult opioid users in NYC, and to identify the specific social and contextual factors surrounding this group’s experiences of sexual violence.