Tobacco killed 500,000 Americans in 2020 – is it time to control cigarette-makers?

Nearly a half-million Americans die every year from smoking and tobacco use. Might a little-used legal remedy save those lives?

Joshua M. Pearce, Wite Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, and Electrical & Computer Engineering, Michigan Technological University • conversation
March 2, 2021 ~6 min

Drug relieves chronic pain without the addiction risk

Chronic pain affects up to 40% of Americans. A low dose of naltrexone could offer relief without the risk of addiction.

Laura Bailey-Michigan • futurity
Feb. 17, 2021 ~5 min

No, you are not addicted to your digital device, but you may have a habit you want to break

People often worry about whether they may be addicted to digital devices, but addiction to a substance is far different from the habitual behavior that typically underlies digital usage.

Wendy Wood, Provost Professor of Psychology and Business, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences • conversation
Feb. 2, 2021 ~9 min

Weed withdrawal: More than half of people using medical cannabis for pain experience withdrawal symptoms

Weed, though far less dangerous than many other drugs, is not entirely without risk. Some 59% of people treating pain with medical cannabis experience moderate to severe withdrawal symptoms

Lara Coughlin, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Michigan • conversation
Jan. 28, 2021 ~5 min

They don't come as pills, but try these 6 underprescribed lifestyle medicines for a better, longer life

Lifestyle medicine targets the root of chronic diseases like obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Experts explain why everyone should embrace these free prescriptions for good health.

Michael Parkinson, Senior Medical Director of Health and Productivity, UPMC Health Plan & Workpartners, University of Pittsburgh • conversation
Jan. 20, 2021 ~10 min

Even light smokers could be addicted

Even people who consider themselves casual or light smokers may be addicted to nicotine, researchers say.

Sara LaJeunesse-Penn State • futurity
Dec. 24, 2020 ~5 min

How the US can fight the opioid epidemic during COVID-19

A new report offers ways to reduce the toll of two public health crises—the opioid crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic—at the same time.

Carly Kempler-Johns Hopkins • futurity
Dec. 23, 2020 ~7 min

Tweaked psychedelic could treat depression and addiction

A non-hallucinogenic version of the psychedelic drug ibogaine called TBG has potential for treating addiction and depression, research with mice suggests.

Andy Fell-UC Davis • futurity
Dec. 14, 2020 ~5 min

Oregon just decriminalized all drugs – here's why voters passed this groundbreaking reform

Possessing heroin, cocaine, meth and other drugs for personal use is no longer a criminal offense in Oregon. The idea is to get people with problem drug use help, not punishment.

Clayton Mosher, Professor, Sociology Department, Washington State University • conversation
Dec. 10, 2020 ~10 min

Drug curbs drinking for people with alcohol withdrawal

A drug originally used to treat high blood pressure can help people with alcohol withdrawal symptoms reduce or eliminate their drinking, researchers say.

Bill Hathaway-Yale • futurity
Nov. 19, 2020 ~4 min