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E-Cigarette Flavors Linked to Use in Youth and Young Adults

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Flavored e-cigarettes and e-cigarette marketing could be increasing e-cigarette use among youth and young adults, according to researchers from the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health in Austin. These findings are part of a series of papers by UTHealth researchers that were published today in the journal Tobacco Regulatory Science.

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Experimental Small Molecule Shows Potential in Preventing Meth Relapse

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New research from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) suggests that the reason methamphetamine users find it so hard to quit—88 percent of them relapse, even after rehab—is that meth takes advantage of the brain’s natural learning process.

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Hair Testing Shows High Prevalence of New Psychoactive Substance Use Among NYC Nightclub/Festival Attendees

In the study, hair samples from 80 young adults outside of NYC nightclubs and dance festivals, were tested for 82 drugs and metabolites (including NPS) using ultra-high performance liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometry.

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Opioid, opioid abuse, opioid addiction treatment, Opioid Addiction, drug abuse treatment, Pain Medicine

Expert Opinion: Beware the Stampede on Reducing Opioids

As a physician, I urge caution as we cut back opioids

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Cannabis Use May Predict Opioid Use in Women Undergoing Addictions Treatment, Study Says

Researchers found that women in methadone treatment who use cannabis are 82 per cent more likely to continue using opioids. This means that women who use cannabis are at high risk of failing methadone treatment.

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More Access to Opioid Treatment Programs Needed in Southeast, Says Study

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Large portions of the Southeast don’t have enough opioid treatment programs to match their high rates of opioid use disorder.

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Alcohol Use in Veterans with Schizophrenia Less Common Than Thought, but No Level Safe

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Large, multi-site study sheds light and dispels misconceptions about drinking in people with serious mental illness.

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Broad Support Exists for Larger Warnings on Cigarette Packs

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A UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center-led study found broad support, even among smokers, for increasing the size of health warnings on cigarette packs.

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Researchers Warn of Hazards of Smoking and Need for Wider Use of Varenicline to Quit

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More than 35 million Americans are trying to quit smoking. Experts reassure clinicians and their patients that varenicline, whose brand name is Chantix, is a safe and effective way to achieve smoking cessation and that failure to use this drug has caused preventable heart attacks and deaths from cardiovascular disease. Just a few months ago, the FDA removed the black box warning from varenicline.

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An Increasing Proportion of Women Who Are 60 Years of Age and Older Are Drinking

Most older Americans drink alcohol. Given that this segment of the population is projected to almost double by 2050, reaching 112 million, in the future, there will likely be many more older drinkers in the United States than currently. Importantly, older individuals are more sensitive to alcohol’s effects than their younger counterparts, and are also more likely to take prescription medications that can interact negatively with alcohol, potentially leading to falls and other injuries. This study examined trends in drinking status among U.S. adults 60 years of age and older.







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