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Interplay of Gender, Genes and Environment Produced Different Substance Abuse Outcomes

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An Indiana U. study on substance abuse found that the interplay of gender, genetics and social integration produced different outcomes for men and women.

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Study Suggests Federal Law to Combat Use of ‘Club Drugs’ Has Done More Harm Than Good

A federal law enacted to combat the use of “club drugs” such as Ecstasy — and today’s variation known as Molly — has failed to reduce the drugs’ popularity and, instead, has further endangered users by hampering the use of measures to protect them.

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Peers, but Not Peer Pressure, Key to Prescription Drug Misuse Among Young Adults

Current efforts to prevent prescription drug misuse among young adults need to consider peers — but not peer pressure — according to a Purdue University study.

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Alcohol Releases the 'Beast Within'

Results of the study indicate that violence decreases as spirituality increases in persons who received the non-alcohol beverage. However, quite unexpectedly, violence actually increased as spirituality increased in persons who received the alcoholic beverage.

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Robin Williams Apparent Suicide, APA Experts Available to Discuss Suicide Risk, Treatment

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Regular Marijuana Use Bad for Teens’ Brains

Frequent marijuana use can have a significant negative effect on the brains of teenagers and young adults, including cognitive decline, poor attention and memory, and decreased IQ, according to psychologists discussing public health implications of marijuana legalization at the American Psychological Association’s 122nd Annual Convention.

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Study Examines Effectiveness of Brief Intervention for Problem Drug Use

During the 12 months following intervention, no significant treatment differences were found between the two groups for drug use or for secondary outcomes.

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Study Finds Brief Interventions Ineffective for Reducing Unhealthy Drug Use

Richard Saitz, M.D., of the Boston University School of Public Health, and colleagues tested the effectiveness of two brief counseling interventions for unhealthy drug use (any illicit drug use or prescription drug misuse) among primary care patients identified by screening.

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Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Alters Development of Brain Function

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In the first study of its kind, Prapti Gautam, PhD, and colleagues from The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles found that children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) showed weaker brain activation during specific cognitive tasks than their unaffected counterparts.

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Popping Pills to Pushing Needles: Researchers Look at Prescription Opioid Abuse Among Young Adults in NYC

The study, “Injection and Sexual HIV/HCV Risk Behaviors Associated with Nonmedical Use of Prescription Opioids Among Young Adults in New York City, published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment (JSAT) explores within a social context the drug-use and sexual experiences of young adult (ages 18-32) nonmedical PO users as they relate to risk for HIV and HCV transmission.

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