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Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs News From Medical News Today

Substance addiction is a complex disorder characterized by compulsive drug use. While addiction is difficult to understand, all abused substances share one thing in common - repeated use could change the way the brain looks and functions. Some people can use recreational or prescription drugs without ever experiencing negative consequences or addiction. For others, substance use can cause problems at school, work and home, and in relationships.
  1. Chronic depression in young teens tied to marijuana use later
    Young people with chronic or severe forms of depression in their early teens have a higher risk of developing marijuana-use disorder at age 18, says study.
  2. Should we screen for cirrhosis?
    Recent guidelines are right to recommend screening high risk patients for cirrhosis, say liver specialists Mark Hudson at Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, and Nick Sheron at Southampton General...
  3. ADHD medication tied to lower risk for alcohol, drug abuse in teens and adults
    About one-third lower risk revealed in IU-led analysis of 3 million Americans with attention deficient hyperactivity disorder.
  4. Clinical trial looks at tramadol for opioid withdrawal
    A randomized clinical trial published by JAMA Psychiatry compared tramadol extended-release with clonidine and buprenorphine for the management of opioid withdrawal symptoms in patients with opioid...
  5. Drinking alcohol while pregnant could have transgenerational effects
    Soon-to-be mothers have heard the warning - don't drink while pregnant. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued numerous statements about the dangers of alcohol consumption...
  6. Marijuana use linked to greater psychosis risk in teens
    An increase in marijuana use may raise the likelihood of psychotic-like experiences among teenagers, and symptoms of depression may mediate this link.
  7. The infralimbic cortex: A window into cocaine addiction
    A new study on rats examines the role of the infralimbic cortex in addictive behavior. Suppressing this region hindered recovery from cocaine addiction.
  8. Getting drunk in early teens raises premature death risk
    Researchers have found that people who had their first drunken episode before the age of 15 may be at greater risk of early death.
  9. Youth tobacco product use, including e-cigarettes, drops during 2015-2016
    But 3.9 million youth were still using tobacco products in 2016. The number of middle and high school students who say they are...
  10. Study provides further support for genetic factors underlying addictions
    Impairment of a particular gene raises increases susceptibility to opioid addiction liability as well as vulnerability to binge eating according to a new study.