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Two powerful drugs now adding to US overdose crisis

Emerging reports show that two little-known drugs are making lethal new contributions to America's drug overdose crisis.


Can wearable technology predict the negative consequences of drinking?

"How much have you had to drink?" might seem like a simple question, but it is not always easy to answer. Although there are general guidelines about responsible alcohol consumption, a person's level of intoxication depends ...


Drug consumption room recommended for ACT

A study led by Burnet Senior Research Fellow, Amy Kirwan has recommended a drug consumption room (DCR) be introduced in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) in a bid to counter significant and escalating drug-related harm ...


The link between alcohol consumption and epilepsy

Epilepsy, a common neurological disorder associated with stigma, psychiatric comorbidities, and rising healthcare costs, affects approximately 50 million people globally. A common risk factor associated with the development ...


Examining the opioid epidemic through the lens of crime data

The opioid overdose epidemic in the United States remains a critically important public health issue that continues to worsen as time goes on. The estimated death toll in 2021 has reached the historical high of 100,000 overdose ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Redefining alcohol use disorder according to a new framework

Researchers at the University of Missouri have developed a new framework that they believe will help identify people previously overlooked for alcohol use disorder (AUD). This framework focuses on 13 risk factors, such as ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

How alcohol dampens response to uncertain stressors

When drinking for stress relief, people may make risky decisions because the alcohol affects how much they worry about unknown or unpredictable stressors, new research from Oregon State University shows.


Britons' boozing skyrockets during lockdown: study

Britons are increasingly drinking dangerous levels of alcohol since the start of the pandemic and will not return to drinking at levels before the global health crisis, official figures showed Monday.


More folks drive high when pot made legal: study

Here's more evidence that marijuana may make driving more dangerous: As pot has been legalized in more countries and states, a greater number of people are driving intoxicated by the drug and crashing, researchers report.


Intrathecal morphine + oral gabapentin aids pain management

(HealthDay)—Combining intrathecal morphine (ITM) and oral gabapentin (GABA) improves pain management in teens undergoing spinal fusion for scoliosis, according to a study recently published in the Journal of Orthopaedic ...


Heated tobacco: The risks and benefits

Heated tobacco products are designed to heat tobacco without burning it or producing smoke. The popularity of these products soared in Japan after the release of an electronic device called IQOS in 2016. Heated tobacco products ...


Resolved to quit smoking this year? Experts offer tips

(HealthDay News) – If giving up tobacco is one of your New Year's resolutions, know that it won't be easy but don't give up. Fifty million ex-smokers in the United States are proof that it can be done.