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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. Schoolchildren who use e-cigarettes are more likely to try tobacco
    Vaping - or the use of e-cigarettes - is widely accepted as a safer option for people who are already smoking.
  2. Respiratory depression: Causes, symptoms, and treatment
    Respiratory depression is when a person's breathing rate and depth is especially low. This can cause potentially life-threatening complications.
  3. Habitual cannabis use alters brain oxygen
    The brains of chronic cannabis users have an altered blood flow and process oxygen differently, which may impact brain function, a study suggests.
  4. Cannabis for pain and PTSD 'lacks high-quality evidence'
    Systematic reviews of the scientific evidence suggest that it is of insufficient quality to support the use of cannabis for the treatment of PTSD and pain.
  5. 'Delicate balance' between alcohol's protective and harmful effects
    Heavy drinking can increase the risk of all-cause death, but moderate alcohol consumption could have 'protective health effects,' study suggests.
  6. Best apps to stop drinking alcohol
    Do you need help to quit drinking alcohol or reduce your intake? We have found the best stop drinking apps to put you on the path to success.
  7. Energy drinks: A gateway to drug use?
    Researchers found that young adults who regularly consume energy drinks are at a higher risk of using stimulant drugs and drinking too much alcohol.
  8. How to stop vomiting: Home remedies
    What are the main causes of nausea and vomiting, and what home remedies are recommended? What home remedies may help children who are vomiting?
  9. Marijuana 'may be worse than cigarettes for cardiovascular health'
    Researchers suggest that the harmful effects of marijuana use on the cardiovascular system may be greater than the effects caused by cigarette smoking.
  10. New study generates more accurate estimates of state opioid and heroin fatalities
    Although opioid and heroin deaths have been rising dramatically in the U.S., the magnitude of the epidemic varies from state to state, as does the relative proportion of opioid vs heroin poisonings.