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Study Illuminates Serotonin Contributions to Cocaine’s Allure

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A new study reinforces long-held suspicions that the brain chemical serotonin, a molecule usually associated with mood, appetite and libido, makes a direct contribution to the actions of cocaine. Scientists can now clearly see details of how the brain uses serotonin not just to regulate mood, but also to drive both rapid and long-lasting changes in the brain. They suspect these changes may contribute to the brain modifications that ultimately trap users in an addicted state.

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Alcohol Use Among Homeless Youth Due to Victimization Varies by Gender and Type of Abuse

Unaccompanied homeless youth, especially females, have high rates of sexual and physical victimization – both before and after leaving home. These findings and others will be shared at the 40th annual scientific meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) in Denver June 24-28.

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Researchers Examine Brain Region That Affects Drug Use Habits

University of Iowa researchers have identified a brain region involved in cocaine addiction. The findings could lead to targeted drugs or improved behavioral treatments for substance addiction, including opioid dependency. Findings published in the Journal of Neuroscience.

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The News About Tiger Woods Last Week Serves as a Strong Reminder That Everyone Who Takes Prescription Drugs Must Be Knowledgeable About What They're Putting Into Their Mouth

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Website Provides Mental and Behavioral Health Resources for Teens

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TLC4Teens.org offers a vetted directory of educational websites and hotlines for children and their parents

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Addiction identication, addiction treatment, American Society Of Addiction Medicine, Drug Testing, medication monitoring, Opioid treatment services, substance use disorder

New Consensus Document for Appropriate Use of Drug Testing in Clinical Addiction Medicine

A new Consensus Document from the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) provides practical, evidence-based recommendations on the use of drug testing for identification, diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of patients with or at risk for substance use disorders (SUDs). The document appears in the May/June issue of the Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of ASAM. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.

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Why Pot-Smoking Declines — but Doesn’t End — with Parenthood

Adults who smoke marijuana often cut back after becoming parents — but they don’t necessarily quit.

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Kids in High-Achieving Schools: Addiction Down the Road?

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They have what most would want – affluent upwardly mobile parents, living in comfortable homes in the suburbs, going to an elite high school and being groomed for the nation’s best colleges. But these “privileged” American high schoolers can be at high risk for problematic substance abuse across early adulthood, according to new research from Arizona State University.

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Study Documents Opioid Abuse Following Urologic Surgery

About 1 in 1,111 patients who undergo urologic surgery experience opioid dependence or overdose, a Loyola Medicine study has found. Patients at highest risk were younger, underwent inpatient surgery, had longer hospital stays, were on Medicaid or Medicare or had a history of depression or COPD.

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Researchers Test How to Accurately Assess Use of New Psychoactive Drugs such as “Bath Salts”

Researchers surveyed individuals entering NYC EDM parties about their drug usage, with almost one out of ten participants who reported no “bath salt” use as per the gate question then reported use of one or more drugs in this class, such as methylone, providing evidence of under-reporting.







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