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Even Casual Use of Marijuana Damages Teen Brain

A new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience finds that even casual use of marijuana, once-a-week use, can lead to critical changes in the brains of 18- to 25-year-olds. A collaboration between Northwestern University Medicine and Massachusetts General Hospital Harvard Medical School, the study is the first to show that recreational use of marijuana is related to […]

Does Disulfiram Help Cocaine Addicts?

Does Disulfiram Help Cocaine Addicts?

Disulfiram (Antabuse) is a medication developed for the treatment of people affected by longstanding cases of alcoholism. In a study published in March 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, a team of American and Canadian researchers looked at the potential usefulness of this medication as a treatment for certain people affected by cocaine […]

See How Marijuana Alters Decision-Making

See How Marijuana Alters Decision-Making

Decision-making is the logic-based thought process that humans use to analyze any given situation and determine how to respond to that situation going forward. Current scientific evidence suggests that disruptions in the normal use of this process contribute substantially to increased risks for developing a problem with drug or alcohol intake. In a study published […]

How Does Our Setting Affect Drug Use And Addiction?

How Does Our Setting Affect Drug Use And Addiction?

Drugs of abuse produce chemical reactions within the brain that largely account for the development of drug addiction. However, addiction may also depend, to a certain extent, on associating drug use with a particular location or setting. In a study published in November 2013 in the journal Addiction Biology, researchers from the University of Chicago […]

How Long-Term Heroin Use Alters DNA

How Long-Term Heroin Use Alters DNA

Those who use heroin over a long period of time risk not only becoming addicted but also the way their brain actually functions. Preliminary research has found that heroin use can change the way that the DNA in the brain was being used. Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine presented their findings at the […]

How Are Social Norms Affecting College Cannabis Use?

How Are Social Norms Affecting College Cannabis Use?

Cannabis (marijuana, hashish, hashish oil) is a widely used drug that now has legal or semi-legal status in several jurisdictions throughout the U.S. Compared to both younger and older population groups, college-age teenagers and young adults use various forms of this drug at fairly high rates. In a study published in September 2013 in the […]

The Dangerous Effects Of Poly-Drug Exposure In Ketamine Users

The Dangerous Effects Of Poly-Drug Exposure In Ketamine Users

Ketamine is a human and animal anesthetic related to another powerful anesthetic called PCP (phencyclidine). Like PCP, it produces significant alterations in consciousness, and people sometimes use the drug inappropriately for recreational purposes. Current evidence indicates that individuals who abuse ketamine also frequently abuse other substances; experts refer to the combined recreational use of two […]