Psilocybin mushrooms may subdue brain’s ego center

Psilocybin, the hallucinogenic chemical in some mushrooms, may affect a part of the brain that some scientists believe is responsible for the ego.

Vanessa McMains-Johns Hopkins • futurity
June 9, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: drugs brains emotions mushrooms health-and-medicine

Targeting euphoria may curb cocaine addiction

A new study sheds light on how cocaine affects the brain and may offer potential treatments for fighting cocaine addiction.

Anne Warde-UC Irvine • futurity
April 24, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: drugs addiction brains dopamine health-and-medicine cocaine

Stress boosts odds of marijuana use during pregnancy

Women who experience stressful life events in the year before childbirth are more likely to use marijuana before and during pregnancy.

U. Arizona • futurity
Feb. 27, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: drugs pregnancy stress marijuana health-and-medicine

Addiction and the ‘rush’ may keep men cooking meth

Addiction can drive people to start cooking meth, but former meth cooks report other motivations for continuing.

Angie Hunt-Iowa State • futurity
Feb. 20, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: drugs addiction society-and-culture health-and-medicine methamphetamines

Official drug death stats are off by half

"The basic records being kept are annual reports on the number of deaths from drug overdose. But that's only part of the picture."

Michele Berger-Penn • futurity
Jan. 16, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: drugs life-expectancy overdose mortality health-and-medicine deaths

MDMA’s social and addictive effects aren’t the same

"We've figured out how MDMA promotes social interaction and showed that's distinct from how it generates abuse potential among its users."

Bruce Goldman-Stanford • futurity
Dec. 16, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: drugs brains dopamine drug-development social-lives health-and-medicine serotonin mdma

How better HIV treatment cut drug use and domestic violence

Domestic violence and illicit drug use plummeted among women who realized they could live decades longer than expected because of a new HIV treatment.

Jill Young Miller-Washington U. • futurity
Nov. 22, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: drugs hiv abuse health-and-medicine medications

Sewer water shows which illegal drugs countries use

Analyzing wastewater from around the world gives a clearer picture of illegal drug use trends in different cities.

Katherine Gombay-McGill • futurity
Oct. 23, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: drugs addiction cities water health-and-medicine

2 in 5 young adults have untreated substance use disorder

The percentage of young adults with a substance use disorder who were able to stop using substances was extremely low, the study finds.

Angie Hunt-Iowa State • futurity
Oct. 18, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: drugs addiction alcohol young-adults health-and-medicine college-students

These drugs land EDM partiers in the hospital

Talking with people who go to a lot of electronic dance music parties reveals how many have had scary or unsafe experiences with drugs and alcohol.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
Aug. 22, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: drugs alcohol music social-lives health-and-medicine emergency-medicine

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