Tag Archives: addiction

Antidepressant May Reduce Methamphetamine Use

The antidepressant mirtazapine (Remeron) can help reduce methamphetamine dependence, a new study suggests. …

Nicotine Acts as “Gateway” Drug to Cocaine, Study in Mice Finds

Nicotine appears to be a “gateway” drug that primes the brain to be susceptible to cocaine, according to a new study in mice. …

Maine Sees Surge in Newborns Exposed to Opioids

The increasing number of women addicted to painkillers in Maine has had a particularly unfortunate consequence—a growing number of babies who have been exposed to opioids before birth and experience withdrawal symptoms after being born. …

Technology Shows Promise in Substance Use Prevention and Treatment

Computer programs and applications for cell phones and other mobile devices are increasingly popular as tools for prevention and treatment of substance use disorders. …

Study Finds Young Adults With Addiction Want to Change But Need Help

Many young adults entering treatment for an addiction want to change, but don’t have the skills, confidence or commitment to do so without help, a new study suggests. …

Addiction Vaccine Researcher Finds More People Interested in His Work

Dr. Kim Janda, who is working on creating vaccines to treat addiction, finds a growing number of people in the scientific community are interested in his work. He attributes the attention to a change in the way people view addiction. …

Commentary: Substance Abuse Treatment Providers: Act Now to Get Ready for Health Care Reform

Substance abuse treatment providers must start making changes now so they are ready when the Affordable Care Act is implemented in 2014, says Dr. Thomas Freese. …

Face of Drug Addiction in Chicago Becoming More White, Suburban and Wealthier

Experts in the Chicago area say they are seeing more people facing drug addiction who are white, suburban and upper-middle class. …

Addiction Expert Calls for More Doctors to be Trained in Prescribing Suboxone

With great unmet demand for substance abuse treatment, addiction experts are looking for ways to expand treatment options. Dr. McCance-Katz, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco and former president of the AAAP, discusses the need to increase the number of patients treated with Suboxone and ways to increase use of the drug as treatment. …

Commentary: Working Together to Improve Public Health and Safety on College Campuses

David K. Mineta, ONDCP Deputy Director for Demand Reduction, shares how we can succeed in helping students avoid drugs and social pressures that run counter to their health and safety. …