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Treatment of Substance Abuse Can Lessen Risk of Future Violence in Mentally Ill

A new study from the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) suggests that reducing substance abuse has a greater influence in reducing violent acts by patients with severe mental illness.

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Public Feels More Negative Toward People with Drug Addiction Than Those with Mental Illness

People are significantly more likely to have negative attitudes toward those suffering from drug addiction than those with mental illness, and don’t support insurance, housing, and employment policies that benefit those dependent on drugs, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research suggests.

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AAN: Risks of Opioids Outweigh Benefits for Headache, Low Back Pain, Other Conditions

According to a new position statement from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the risk of death, overdose, addiction or serious side effects with prescription opioids outweigh the benefits in chronic, non-cancer conditions such as headache, fibromyalgia and chronic low back pain. The position paper is published in the September 30, 2014, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Concept of Time May Predict Impulsive Behavior, Research Finds

New study finds that individuals with impulsive behaviors have poor timing abilities. Researchers hope this finding will lead to behavioral interventions for clinical disorders like substance abuse and obesity that are linked to impulsive behavior.

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JAMA Internal Medicine Article Discusses New American Board of Addiction Medicine

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In a new JAMA Internal Medicine article, three leading addiction experts document the need for an addiction medicine specialty, trace the history of physicians specializing in addiction treatment, and discuss current efforts by the American Board of Addiction Medicine and The ABAM Foundation to train and certify physicians, and to become recognized and accredited within the larger medical community.

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Cocaine Rewires the Brain: New Study to Unlock Keys That Could Disrupt Addiction

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Why do cocaine addicts relapse after months or years of abstinence? The National Institute on Drug Abuse has awarded a University at Buffalo scientist a $2 million grant to conduct research that will provide some answers.

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E-Cigarettes May Promote Illicit Drug Use and Addiction

Like conventional cigarettes, e-cigarettes may function as a “gateway drug”—a drug that lowers the threshold for addiction to other substances, such as marijuana and cocaine—according to the 120th Shattuck lecture, presented to the Massachusetts Medical Society by Columbia researchers Denise and Eric Kandel and published today in the online edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Cellphone Addiction Harming Academic Performance Is ‘an Increasingly Realistic Possibility’

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Women college students spend an average of 10 hours a day on their cellphones, with men college students spending nearly eight hours, according to a Baylor University study on cellphone activity published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions.

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Study Finds Less Domestic Violence Among Married Couples Who Smoke Pot

New research findings from a study of 634 couples found that the more often they smoked marijuana, the less likely they were to engage in domestic violence.

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Methadone Treatment Suppresses Testosterone in Opioid Addicts

Treatment for opioid addiction tampers with the testosterone levels of male but not female opioid users.

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