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Surviving Christmas With A Drug Addiction

Surviving Christmas With A Drug Addiction | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
Tips for drug addicts to stay clean this Christmas. Check out this advice on how to survive Christmas without abusing drugs.
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Drug Laws Around The World

Drug Laws Around The World | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
Drug laws from around the world. Understanding how drug laws affect addiction and drug use.
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Teenagers Need Tailored Anxiety Treatment

Teenagers Need Tailored Anxiety Treatment | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
Teens need more than anxiety treatment meant for children. They need anxiety treatment specifically created for teens.
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Life Works Community - Raising Addiction Awareness: Can tailor made substances help cannabis withdrawal?

Life Works Community - Raising Addiction Awareness: Can tailor made substances help cannabis withdrawal? | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
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Can Synthetic alternatives help with withdrawal symptoms? 

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Substance Misuse Can Unravel a Family Business - BreakingTheCycles.com

Substance Misuse Can Unravel a Family Business - BreakingTheCycles.com | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
Substance misuse can unravel a family business and who better to explain how and why than Don Schwerzler, internationally recognized expert in family business.

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Cocaine Vaccine Passes Key Testing Hurdle

Cocaine Vaccine Passes Key Testing Hurdle | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it

Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College have successfully tested their novel anti-cocaine vaccine in primates, bringing them closer to launching human clinical trials.

 

Dr. Ronald G. Crystal

Their study, published online by the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, used a radiological technique to demonstrate that the anti-cocaine vaccine prevented the drug from reaching the brain and producing a dopamine-induced high.

 

"The vaccine eats up the cocaine in the blood like a little Pac-man before it can reach the brain," says the study's lead investigator, Dr. Ronald G. Crystal, chairman of the Department of Genetic Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College.

 

"We believe this strategy is a win-win for those individuals, among the estimated 1.4 million cocaine users in the United States, who are committed to breaking their addiction to the drug," he says. "Even if a person who receives the anti-cocaine vaccine falls off the wagon, cocaine will have no effect."

Dr. Crystal says he expects to begin human testing of the anti-cocaine vaccine within a year.

 

Cocaine, a tiny molecule drug, works to produce feelings of pleasure because it blocks the recycling of dopamine — the so-called "pleasure" neurotransmitter — in two areas of the brain, the putamen in the forebrain and the caudate nucleus in the brain's center. When dopamine accumulates at the nerve endings, "you get this massive flooding of dopamine and that is the feel good part of the cocaine high," says Dr. Crystal.

 

The novel vaccine Dr. Crystal and his colleagues developed combines bits of the common cold virus with a particle that mimics the structure of cocaine. When the vaccine is injected into an animal, its body "sees" the cold virus and mounts an immune response against both the virus and the cocaine impersonator that is hooked to it. "The immune system learns to see cocaine as an intruder," says Dr. Crystal. "Once immune cells are educated to regard cocaine as the enemy, it produces antibodies, from that moment on, against cocaine the moment the drug enters the body."

In their first study in animals, the researchers injected billions of their viral concoction into laboratory mice, and found a strong immune response was generated against the vaccine. Also, when the scientists extracted the antibodies produced by the mice and put them in test tubes, it gobbled up cocaine. They also saw that mice that received both the vaccine and cocaine were much less hyperactive than untreated mice given cocaine.


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Life Works Community - Raising Addiction Awareness: Are the parents to blaim for their childrens addictive personalities?

Life Works Community - Raising Addiction Awareness: Are the parents to blaim for their childrens addictive personalities? | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
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Are parents really to blaim for addiction in their children?

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Residential Rehab Best For Young Adults

Residential Rehab Best For Young Adults | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
Residential opiate addiction treatment is the most effective form of treatment for young adults. Residential treatment is better than outpatient treatment for young adult opiate addicts.
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New Fight Against Methadone

New Fight Against Methadone | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
Methadone is coming under fire again as the numbers of people parked on the drug are growing. Ian Duncan Smith has said Methadone is an infective drug treatment.
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Breaking Bad May Be Behind The Rise in European Meth Use

Breaking Bad May Be Behind The Rise in European Meth Use | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
A rise in European Crystal Meth usage is being blamed on Breaking Bad. While the show does not glamorise drug use, one professor believes it has spread the knowledge and desire for meth.
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More Teens Abusing Prescription Drugs

More Teens Abusing  Prescription Drugs | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
A national study in the USA has found that one in four teens have misused or abused prescription medications at least once in their lifetime. This is an increase of 33% in the last five years alone.
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It would seem that familys are not getting the right information about prescription drugs. Teens think that it is safer to abuse prescription drugs for a high than street drugs. 

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This website gives an insight into how different teens misuse drugs. It shows that one fourth of teens in the United States have misused or abused prescription drugs at least once in their lifetime. The website shows how even abused medicines can affect the health of teenagers around the world.

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Life Works Community - Raising Addiction Awareness: Addiction Invades Afghanistan

Life Works Community - Raising Addiction Awareness: Addiction Invades Afghanistan | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
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Very sad for the people of Afghanistan. Children are becoming addicted to heroin with little chance of treatment.

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Life Works Community - Raising Addiction Awareness: Awareness and understanding of prescription abuse

Life Works Community - Raising Addiction Awareness: Awareness and understanding of prescription abuse | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
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Thus blog looks at the growing use of prescription drugs along side the more well known illegal drugs that get more attention in the media. Both are a problem and both cause pain and destruction for people every day.

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