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How Doctors in the US Prescribe Opioids — Four Charts

CNBC (04/19) – […] The nation’s opioid crisis, which claimed more than 350,000 lives between 1999 and 2016, isn’t solely linked to illicit drugs like heroin and fentanyl. “In too many cases, addiction still starts with a prescriber’s pen,” FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said of the opioid epidemic in a speech this month. “The...
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A Neurobiological Link Between PTSD and Addiction

EUREKALERT (04/23) – Recalling traumatic memories enhances the rewarding effects of morphine in male rats, finds new research published in JNeurosci. These findings may help to explain the co-occurrence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and addiction. More than half of PTSD patients also struggle with substance abuse, yet the underlying neural mechanisms of their addiction...
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This Is Your Brain on Drugs (Really)

LIVE SCIENCE (04/20) – […] The answer to that question depends on the drug, of course, but researchers have found that one common thread is that drugs of abuse alter the brain’s so-called mesolimbic pathway, known in plain English as the reward pathway. […] “[O]ne way or another, different drugs of abuse would definitely affect...
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The Spice of Death: The Science Behind Tainted “Synthetic Marijuana”

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN (04/17) – Experts describe how rat poison linked to a recent bleeding outbreak does its damage. Three people died and more than 100 have been sickened in the past few weeks after taking synthetic cannabinoids, human-made compounds that target the same brain receptors as marijuana. Read more
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Prescription Stimulants Likely Abused by 400,000 US Adults, Study Says

THE FIX (04/18) – Despite the heavy media scrutiny on the opioid crisis, opioids are not the only prescription medication being misused in the United States. A new study in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that about 5 million Americans are illegally taking prescription stimulants in hopes of increasing concentration and mental stamina. Read more
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Exclusive: Google Unveils Vetting Process for Drug Rehab Ads

REUTERS (04/16) – Google told Reuters Monday it would resume accepting ads from U.S. addiction treatment centers in July, nearly a year after the Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) unit suspended the lucrative category of advertisers for numerous deceptive and misleading ads. Treatment centers now will be able to run ads after being vetted by Portland, Ore....
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