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

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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

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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

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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

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COVID-19 stress could boost alcohol abuse risk

Stress ups the risks for alcohol and drug abuse, and difficulty in getting treatment makes coping with addiction even harder during COVID, an expert argues.

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
Sept. 21, 2020 ~6 min

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Sexual minority men who smoke report worse mental health

The relationship between smoking, substance use, and mental health among sexual and gender minority populations suggest a need for holistic treatment.

Michelle Edelstein-Rutgers • futurity
Sept. 21, 2020 ~4 min

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80% of docs mistakenly blame nicotine for smoking risks

Although nicotine's primary risk is addiction to tobacco, 83% of doctors strongly believe it directly contributes to heart disease, a new survey finds.

Maud Alobawone-Rutgers • futurity
Sept. 10, 2020 ~5 min

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First opioids for teens may not up drug abuse risk by much

The risk that young adults who receive an opioid prescription for the first time will develop a substance abuse problem isn't as high as believed.

April Toler-Indiana • futurity
Aug. 13, 2020 ~4 min

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Therapy combo helps people in prison quit smoking

Combining behavioral and nicotine replacement therapies can help people in prison quit smoking, a new study shows.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
July 30, 2020 ~4 min

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Remove memories to treat addiction?

"You don't want to erase the entire memory; you only want to erase the part that's associated with the drug."

Stanford • futurity
July 17, 2020 ~8 min

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