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Young adults who occasionally use stimulants including cocaine, amphetamines or prescription drugs such as Adderall show brain changes on scans, according to researchers at the University of California, San Diego.

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Scientists at the Food and Drug Administration have found an amphetamine-like compound in nine dietary supplements, USA Today reports. The compound, beta-methylphenethylamine, appears to have never been tested for safety on humans.

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A new study suggests combining the anti-seizure drug topiramate with amphetamines may help treat cocaine addiction.

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The number of NFL players who are testing positive for amphetamines such as Adderall has increased, according to the Associated Press.

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New research indicates almost two-thirds of Americans do not follow their physician’s orders correctly when they take prescription drugs. They don’t take their medication, or use pills that were not intended for them, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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Two men who purchased what they thought was a recreational drug were poisoned by the product, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports. It is not known whether the company selling the product deliberately substituted ingredients or made a packaging error.

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Adults who continue occasional “hard” drug use into middle age are at increased risk of premature death, a new study suggests.

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An estimated 200 million people worldwide use illegal drugs, according to a new study. The health consequences of this use are wide-ranging.

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Amphetamine-type stimulants such as Ecstasy and methamphetamines are second only to marijuana as the top drugs of abuse worldwide, according to a United Nations report.

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Sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) at the National Institutes of Health, the Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS) now includes 34 policy changes across 29 policy areas made in 2009.

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