The 24/7 economy is pushing so-called 'smart drugs' into the office
Citing Ian Hickie and Carl Hart on the use (and impacts) of drugs like Modafinil, ADHD medications and other stimulants (like caffeine) in the workplace. See yesterday's related post on the use of 'smart drugs' by students: http://sco.lt/6njAeX.
A survey of more than 216,000 adolescents from all 50 states indicates the number of teens with marijuana-related problems is declining. Similarly, the rates of marijuana use by young people are falling despite the fact mor
National study finds overall use increasing following legal reforms, but that use (and harm) amongst young people declines.
The implant promises to treat opioid addiction without the hassle of a daily pill. But doctors and insurers are wary, especially about the cost.
On the development of a buprenorphine implant. Buprenorphine is effective as an opioid replacement therapy, but is far from providing a silver bullet for the US 'opioid crisis'. As we've seen with naltrexone implants, there are very real dangers associated with implants being seen as a 'cure' for dependence, when they do nothing to address the cognitive and behavioural components of drug dependence.
It's an excruciating way to die. First comes nausea, vomiting, dizziness and headaches (often mistaken for normal drunkenness), followed by loss of vision
Methanol poisoning is a common occurrence in Indonesia. A bill currently before parliament proposes a national ban on the production, distribution and sale of any products with more than 1% alcohol content.
Opioid painkillers, even at high doses, provide minimal benefit for people with low back pain, new research suggests. "People have the mistaken belief that opioids are strong pain killers," says Professor Chris Maher from The George Institute. "When you look closely at the evidence from the low back pain trials, a completely different picture emerges."
Grandparents have long provided safe harbor for grandchildren for a host of reasons, but not since the crack epidemic of the 1990s, analysts say, have so many children appeared to be at risk because of parental drug addiction.
Grandparents becoming the primary carers for grandchildren is a common occurrence when their parents are unable to care for them due to AOD dependence. This article provides an insight into the impacts on US families.
More should be done to reduce the rate at which Indigenous children are removed from their families.
On Sorry Day, Judy Cashmore and Teresa Libesman highlight the need for earlier interventions and support within our communities to address contribution factors (such as AOD use) to abuse and neglect of children and strengthen families.
Are the happiness boosting effects of alcohol fleeting or long-lasting?
While the tone of this article is deliberately light the core arguments are sound: 1. People typically use alcohol (and other drugs because they enjoy the effect; 2. Public health campaigns that ignore this fact are unlikely to affect the behaviour of those already engaged AOD use; 3. It's important to be aware of the increased risk of harm (including emerging dependence) associated with higher levels of consumption. This initiative has obvious similarities to a recent project by a Brazillian photographer, who sought to capture the impacts of drinking three glasses of wine on people's mood: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/08/amazing-photos-capture-how-faces-change-after-1-2-and-3-glasses/.
College students who take stimulants such as Adderall to get an academic edge might be setting themselves up unknowingly to a vicious cycle of substance abuse and addiction.
This article doesn't use the term 'gateway drug', but it's hovering in the background. The pressures of study can contribute to the misuse of a variety of drug types (including alcohol). See our recent related post on why young people use Modafinil and other 'smart drugs': http://sco.lt/6T1qT3.
Dealers of so-called legal highs could move to the "dark web" as a blanket ban on the drugs comes into force later this week, a senior police offic
Any new drug policy measure will have unintended effects. The growth in appeal for synthetics has been driven, at least in part, by the legal (and social) sanctions applied to more established drug types. With the new legislation coming into effect in a couple of days, the extent of unintended harms will be remain to be seen. See today's related post on risk of prosecution for possession/dealing: http://sco.lt/5a84xd.
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