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Substance Abuse Early in Life May Be Linked to Lower Levels of Education

A study of more than six thousand twins finds a link between substance abuse early in life, and a decreased likelihood of finishing college. …

U.S. Cocaine, Meth Use on the Decline, Kerlikowske Tells International Commission

Use of drugs, particularly cocaine and methamphetamine, is on the decline in the United States, according to U.S. National Drug Control Policy Director R. Gil Kerlikowske. He spoke this week at the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission. …

Parents of Teens’ Friends Can Influence Substance Use

The parents of teenagers’ friends can have as much effect on teens’ decisions about substance use as their own parents, a new study suggests. …

Poor Impulse Control May be Pre-Wired in Some Teens

Poor impulse control may be pre-wired in some teenagers, suggests a new study. Researchers have identified brain networks that are linked to impulse control and drug addiction, which may exist even before someone is exposed to alcohol or drugs. …

Depression, Anxiety Top Reasons Older Adults Abuse Drugs or Alcohol, Survey Finds

Depression and anxiety are the top reasons older adults abuse drugs or alcohol, according to a study by a Florida drug and alcohol treatment and recovery center. …

Study Finds Widespread Use of Alcohol and Drugs Among U.S. Teenagers

A survey of more than 10,000 U.S. teenagers found that by late adolescence, 78 percent had consumed alcohol, and about 15 percent met the criteria for alcohol abuse. …

Support from Middle School Teachers May Reduce Early Use of Alcohol, Study Suggests

Emotional support from middle school teachers may reduce the risk their students will engage in early use of alcohol and other illicit substances, a new study suggests. …

New Small Device Uses Laser to Help Police Quickly Identify Drugs

Police in Massachusetts are using a handheld device with a low-power laser that helps them to quickly identify drugs. …

Program for Pregnant Women at Risk of Substance Abuse Could Lead to Big Cost Savings

A prenatal intervention program, for stopping substance use in pregnancy, could save almost $2 billion annually if it were implemented nationwide, a new study suggests. …

Study Finds Targeting Multiple Areas of Young People’s Lives Can Help Prevent Drug Use

Programs that target multiple areas of young people’s lives, including family, peers, community and school, may help prevent drug use and risky sexual behavior, according to a new study. …