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Health News - Alcohol/Addiction/Illegal Drugs

Rates of nonmedical prescription opioid use and opioid use disorder double in 10 years
Almost 10 million U.S. adults report misusing prescription opioids in 2012-2013. (Medical News Today)

Does oral cannabidiol convert to THC, a psychoactive form of cannabinoid, in the stomach?
A new study demonstrating the conversion of oral cannabidiol (CBD) to the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in the presence of gastric fluids could explain why children given CBD to... (Medical News Today)

Cannabis use in pregnancy may alter offspring's brain structure
Expectant mothers who use cannabis may be putting their child's brain development at risk - a cause for concern given the rise in legalization of the drug. (Medical News Today)

Laws limiting alcohol sales may have measurable public health effects
First study to use differences in alcohol sales laws as a predictor of disease. (Medical News Today)

Marijuana, alcohol use may harm teens' mental health, academic outcomes
New research finds that marijuana and alcohol use during middle and high school may lead to poorer academic outcomes and mental health problems. (Medical News Today)

Opioid epidemic: 20 percent of prescribed painkiller users share them
A new study from Johns Hopkins reveals that over 50 percent of patients with prescribed opioids have leftover tablets; many save them to share with others. (Medical News Today)

Trauma in childhood linked to drug use in adolescence
Latest research from a national sample of almost 10,000 U.S. adolescents found psychological trauma, especially abuse and domestic violence before age 11, can increase the likelihood of... (Medical News Today)

Long-term marijuana use alters brain's reward system
Researchers suggest long-term use of marijuana disrupts circuits in the brain associated with reward, which may lead to problematic use of the drug. (Medical News Today)

Larger wine glasses may lead people to drink more
Selling wine in larger wine glasses may encourage people to drink more, even when the amount of wine remains the same, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge. (Medical News Today)

Many travelers are putting their sexual health at risk
Two new studies find that a high number of adults engage in sex with new partners while traveling abroad, but few of them do so safely. (Medical News Today)

Weak evidence for prescribed alcohol drug, say scientists
A drug being used to treat alcohol problems in the UK was licensed for use despite insufficient evidence to prove its effectiveness, new research led by the University of Stirling has found. (Medical News Today)

Marijuana use may raise risk of periodontal disease
Long-term use of marijuana was linked to greater risk of periodontal disease in a new study, though it was not linked to other physical health problems. (Medical News Today)

Binge eating trigger point located deep inside brain
Rats' excited and speedy responses to cues for sugar - akin to binge eating - became more subdued when certain neurons in their brains were turned off. (Medical News Today)

Breast cancer risk rises even with light alcohol use
A study shows all but two of 15 meta-analyses found a dose-response link between alcohol use and breast cancer risk, with even low levels having an effect. (Medical News Today)

FDA approves first buprenorphine implant for treatment of opioid dependence
Expanded use and availability of medication-assisted treatment is a top priority of federal effort to combat opioid epidemic.The U.S. (Medical News Today)

Exploring the rise and fall of alcohol-related mortality in Scotland
The rise and fall of alcohol-related mortality in Scotland is partly due to changes in affordability, according to reports published in Public Health. (Medical News Today)

What can Pavlov's dogs tell us about drinking?
Humans aren't much different from other animals. Just like Pavlov's dogs, we can become conditioned to associate environmental cues with rewards. (Medical News Today)

Internet addiction and school burnout feed into each other
Excessive internet use contributes to the development of school burnout. School burnout, in turn, may lead to excessive internet use or digital addiction. (Medical News Today)

Cannabis use alters DNA to increase disease risk, study says
Chemicals in cannabis alter DNA, causing gene mutations that may increase the risk of cancer and other diseases, a new study suggests. (Medical News Today)

Alcohol exposure during adolescence leads to chronic stress vulnerability
Drinking during early to mid-adolescence can lead to vulnerability to chronic stress, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. (Medical News Today)

As more states legalize marijuana, adolescents' problems with pot decline
Fewer adolescents also report using marijuana.A survey of more than 216,000 adolescents from all 50 states indicates the number of teens with marijuana-related problems is declining. (Medical News Today)

Excessive drinkers, high income households pay majority of state alcohol tax increases, study finds
People who drink too much and those with higher household incomes would pay more following an increase in state alcohol taxes than those who drink less and have lower household incomes, according... (Medical News Today)

Mechanism that reduces effect of cocaine on brain discovered
The finding offers hope for development of a new approach to prevent drug use relapses. (Medical News Today)

Cancer risk: Is it influenced by a healthy lifestyle?
Cancer is affected by lifestyle factors. People who avoid tobacco, limit alcohol intake, exercise, and have a healthy BMI have a higher chance of avoiding it. (Medical News Today)

Alcohol intervention programs ineffective on fraternity members
Interventions designed to reduce alcohol use among fraternity members are no more effective than no intervention at all, according to an analysis of 25 years of research involving over 6,000... (Medical News Today)

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