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We Scorned Black Addicts but Support White Addicts. Why? (Opinion)

CHICAGO TRIBUNE (04/16) – We have been here before — a raging epidemic of addiction that destroys lives, families and communities. Who was on the front line in the 1990s, when the drug was crack and the addicts were mostly black? Drug czar William Bennett. His weapons were prosecution and prison. Read more
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New Vaccine Could Help People Overcome ‘Bath Salts’ Abuse

SCIENCE DAILY (04/23) – Researchers have developed a vaccine for one of the most dangerous types of synthetic cathinones, or bath salts. The vaccine blunts the illegal stimulant’s effects on the brain, which could help recovering drug users who experience a relapse. Read more
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Post-Surgical Opioids Can, Paradoxically, Lead to Chronic Pain

SCIENCE DAILY (04/16) – Giving opioids to animals to quell pain after surgery prolongs pain for three weeks and primes specialized immune cells in the spinal cord to be more reactive to pain, according to a new study. The authors say the paradoxical findings could add a new wrinkle to the conversation about the national...
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Decision Making Predicts Future Drug Addiction in Recreational Users

ELSEVIER (04/19) – The study measured brain activity in young adults using recreational stimulants, including cocaine and the prescription amphetamines Adderall and Ritalin, and followed up three years later to determine the participants’ outcome. The findings suggest that an inability to learn from previous risky decisions in some people may predispose them to continue drug...
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Buprenorphine May be Safer Than Methadone if Treatment Duration Is Longer, Study Suggests

UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER (4/20) – The less commonly prescribed opioid substitute buprenorphine may be safer than methadone for problem opioid users, especially if used during the first month of treatment, according to a study which includes University of Manchester researchers. Read more
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Electronic Cigarettes and Future Marijuana Use: A Longitudinal Study

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS (04/21) – Cigarettes have been strongly associated with subsequent marijuana use among adolescents, but electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are now rapidly replacing traditional cigarettes among youth. This study examines associations between youth e-cigarette use and subsequent marijuana use in a national sample. Read more
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