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Article ID: 706732

Erasing Memories Associated with Cocaine Use Reduces Drug Seeking Behavior

Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

Researchers identified the brain circuits that form memories associating environmental cues with cocaine use and used optogenetics to specifically target those memories and reduce relapse-like behavior.

18-Jan-2019 10:15 AM EST
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    18-Jan-2019 11:00 AM EST

Article ID: 706527

Is Marketing of Opioids to Physicians Associated With Overdose Deaths?

JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association

Media advisory: To contact corresponding study author Scott E. Hadland, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., email Jenny Eriksen at The full study, invited commentary and a summary podcast are linked to this news release and a visual abstract is below.

15-Jan-2019 2:50 PM EST
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Article ID: 706620

New Study Shows Physician-Targeted Marketing is Associated with Increase in Opioid Overdose Deaths

NYU Langone Health

New research from NYU School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center published online January 18 in JAMA Network Open shows that increased marketing of opioid products to physicians -- from consulting fees to free meals -- is associated with higher opioid prescribing rates and elevated overdose deaths in the U.S.

16-Jan-2019 4:00 PM EST

Article ID: 706613

CHOP Surgeons Find Opioids Over Overprescribed for Elbow Fractures in Children

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Opioid drugs prescribed to children for pain relief after a typical pediatric orthopaedic procedure may be significantly overprescribed, according to a new study by researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The patients used less than 25 percent of the drugs, suggesting a potential risk of opioid diversion.

16-Jan-2019 3:05 PM EST

Article ID: 706524

Born to Run: Just Not on Cocaine

Florida Atlantic University

A study finds a surprising response to cocaine in a novel strain of mutant mice – they failed to show hyperactivity seen in normal mice when given cocaine and didn’t run around. In other tests, they still found cocaine appealing, but displayed an inability to shake the memory of cocaine’s actions when the drug was no longer administered. The key change that blocks cocaine’s stimulant effects in these mice is serotonin, not dopamine, which is responsible for producing a high.

16-Jan-2019 9:00 AM EST

Article ID: 706493

Fraction of U.S. Outpatient Treatment Centers Offer Medication for Opioid Addiction

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Despite the mounting death toll of America’s opioid crisis, only a minority of facilities that treat substance use disorders offer patients buprenorphine, naltrexone or methadone—the three FDA-approved medications for the long-term management of opioid use disorder, according to a new study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

15-Jan-2019 10:45 AM EST

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