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Expert: State of Opioid Abuse Spurs Search for New Options

Expert can speak on the need for treatment of pain with less potential for abuse than existing painkillers; for better options for those already dealing with opioid dependence; and for the need to address patients’ lifestyles as well as bodies to ensure optimal treatment. Dr. Mark Sirgo is president and CEO of BioDelivery Sciences, whose FDA-approved drug BUNAVAIL and investigational drug BELBUCA allow for the efficient delivery of buprenorphine while potentially overcoming some of the administration challenges presented by sublingual dosage forms, and whose Inreach Assist website and app offers a comprehensive array of information and resources to support patients dealing with addiction and their families.

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E-Cigarette Vapor—Even When Nicotine-Free—Found to Damage Lung Cells

With the use of e-cigarettes on the rise, especially among young people, research to uncover the health effects of e-cigs is becoming increasingly important. In a new study published ahead of print in AJP-Lung, researchers find that e-cig solution and vapors—even those that are nicotine-free—damage lung health.

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Cannabis Use Can Be Prevented, Reduced or Delayed

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Contrary to some popular beliefs, marijuana is harmful to adolescent brains. Researchers have found that targeting at-risk youth through school programmes can limit their use of this drug.

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Adolescents, Drugs and Dancing

A new NYU study is the first to examine the sociodemographic correlates of rave attendance and relationships between rave attendance and recent (12-month) use of various drugs in a representative US sample of high school seniors.

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Trending Stories Report for 18 May 2015

Trending news releases with the most views in a single day. Topics include: nutrition, fibromyalgia, e-cigarettes, cystic fibrosis, asthma, and gluten

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‘Extreme’ Exposure to Secondhand Cannabis Smoke Causes Mild Intoxication

Secondhand exposure to cannabis smoke under “extreme conditions,” such as an unventilated room or enclosed vehicle, can cause nonsmokers to feel the effects of the drug, have minor problems with memory and coordination, and in some cases test positive for the drug in a urinalysis. Those are the findings of a Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine study, reported online this month in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

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TSRI Scientists Link Brain Protein to Binge-Drinking Behavior

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Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have discovered that a brain protein has a key role in controlling binge drinking in animal models.

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TSRI Scientists Find Hyped New Recreational Drug ‘Flakka’ Is As Addictive As Bath Salts

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Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have found using animal models that the new recreational drug alpha-PVP (“flakka”) seems equivalently potent as a stimulant, and therefore as addictive, as its chemical cousin MDPV (“bath salts”).

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Teens Who Mix Energy Drinks with Alcohol More Likely to Have Alcohol Use Disorder

Norris Cotton Cancer Center investigators found teens aged 15-17 years old who had ever mixed alcohol with energy drinks were four times more likely to meet the criteria for alcohol use disorder.

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Trending Stories Report for 28 April 2015

Trending news releases with the most views in a single day. Topics include: Underage drinking, dieting, electrical engineering, neurology and genetics, Nepal earthquake, breast cancer, and supercomputing.