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Treat Addiction in Prisons to Reduce Opioid Deaths

A treatment program for opioid addiction launched by the Rhode Island Department of Corrections was associated with a significant drop in drug overdose deaths after inmates were released—and contributed to an overall drop in overdose deaths statewide, a new study finds.

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Opioid Crisis Hits Hardest in Areas Hit by Climate Stress, Declining Farm Incomes

The overprescribing of opioid-based painkillers may be the main, but not sole, driver of the increased abuse of opioids in rural America.

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Marijuana Use Doesn't Affect the Odds of Getting Pregnant

Marijuana use—by either men or women—does not appear to lower a couple’s chances of getting pregnant, according to a new study.

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To Cut Smoking's Harm, Switch to Vaping?

Alternative nicotine products like e-cigarettes are emerging as a promising option for people who are trying to quit smoking, a new article that focuses on harm minimization and smoking cessation suggests.

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To Fight the Opioid Epidemic, Take Big Pharma to Court?

Litigation against drug manufacturers that produce and distribute opioids could be a promising option in the fight against the opioid addiction crisis, according to a new article.

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Is Kratom Safe Enough for the Fight Against Opioids?

A review of 57 years of international scientific evidence may help change the perception of kratom and restore its potential as a public health tool that deserves more research.

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THC Could Keep HIV Patients Mentally Sharp

Researchers have found that a chemical in marijuana, called tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, could potentially slow the process of mental decline that affects up to 50 percent of HIV patients.

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3 Harmful Myths About the Opioid Epidemic

Between 2015 and 2016, drug overdose deaths went from 33,095 to 59,000, the largest annual jump ever recorded in the United States. That number is expected to continue unabated for the next several years.

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The Kids Are Alright: Today's Teens Aren't As Into Drugs, Alcohol, or Theft

Today’s teens are far less likely to abuse alcohol, nicotine, and illicit drugs, and are also less likely to engage in delinquent behaviors, such as fighting and stealing, according to a study of more than 200,000 teens.

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Teens Thinking Fake Weed is Safer Than Real Weed Are Making a Big Mistake

Three percent of high school seniors in a recent study reported current use of synthetic cannabinoids, and nearly half of those users said they used the drugs more than three times in the past month.

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Making Bud Better for You: Don't Just Breed Marijuana for High THC Levels

A nonpsychoactive compound in cannabis called cannabidiol, or CBD, appears to protect against the long-term negative psychiatric effects of THC, the primary psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.

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What Drug Policy Needs is More Science, Less Punishment

Drug policy in the United States often goes against the findings of science, instead focusing on cultural attitudes about drug users and addiction, argue neuroscientists and legal scholars.

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Heroin Users Aren't Necessarily Looking for Deadly Fentanyl, But It's Finding Them Anyway

Fentanyl, a highly potent prescription opioid, has Rhode Island drug users on high alert. But despite widespread aversion, the drug now causes the majority of the state’s drug overdose deaths.

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It's a Lot Easier to Get Hooked on Opioids Than You Might Think

A small number of people—about 6 percent—who had not been taking opioids before an operation, but got them to ease post-surgery pain, are still taking painkillers three to six months later. That’s long after what is considered normal for surgical recovery.

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What's in Your Molly? A Bunch of New Drugs Show Up in Hair Samples From Festivals

Hair analysis can be an effective way to get information about drug use, both intentional and unintentional. And it can help identify substances emerging in the drug market.

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These 4 Arguments for Legal Pot Are Swaying American Voters

Four more US states legalized recreational marijuana in November, nearly doubling the number of states to do so. But arguments for and against this trend continue.

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Wine 'Economists' Poke Fun at Wine Snobs

Economist Karl Storchmann has always loved wine—so much so that, years ago, before he moved to the US from Germany, he even tried his hand at making his own. From 1994 to 1999, when he was working for the Rhine-Westphalian Institute for Economic Research, he cultivated a small vineyard in his free time. “I pruned and trained the vines, and I made some wine—not a lot, like 350 bottles,” Storchmann, now at New York University, recalls with a smile. “It was really fun.”

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How One Program Cut Risky Pain Pill Prescriptions for Veterans

After a national initiative took aim at high opioid doses and potentially dangerous drug combinations, the number of veterans receiving such prescriptions dropped, a new study finds.

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'Magic Mushroom' Drug Eases Cancer Patient Anxiety

Just one dose of a hallucinogenic drug offers many cancer patients up to six months of relief from disease-related anxiety or depression.

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Here Comes the 'Potalyzer' - A 3-Minute Spit Test Could Spot Stoned Drivers

Researchers have applied magnetic nanotechnology, previously used as a cancer screen, to create what could be the first practical roadside test for marijuana intoxication.

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Scientists Test New Painkiller: Like Morphine, But Without the Addiction

Scientists are testing a new painkiller that is as strong as morphine but isn’t likely to be addictive and with fewer side effects.

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