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Study establishes link between adolescent drinking and decreased grey matter volume
  Study establishes link between adolescent drinking and decreased grey matter volume

Adolescent drinking is linked to changes in the metabolite profile, which is related to decreased brain grey matter volume, particularly in young females who consume alcohol in excess, says a recent study by the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital. The findings throw light on the biological implications of drinking in young people, […]

Instagram introduces ‘all caught up’ feature to help users address addiction-like behavior
  Instagram introduces ‘all caught up’ feature to help users address addiction-like behavior
Posted inAddiction

With the internet becoming an inseparable part of one’s life, social media addiction has emerged as a new and potential health threat. Affecting people irrespective of their age, gender and ethnicity, the condition is more prevalent among teenagers. Hence, in a bid to curb the widespread reach of the growing menace, Instagram, one of the […]

Marijuana users experience more pain; require more painkillers after an injury
  Marijuana users experience more pain; require more painkillers after an injury
Posted inMarijuana

Marijuana consumers complain of higher levels of pain after a traumatic injury like a car crash, and require higher doses of opioids than patients who do not take marijuana, claimed a recent study published in the Journal Patient Safety in Surgery. The researchers said the study was is in the preliminary stage and required further […]

NBA player Nick Young wants cocaine to be legalized
  NBA player Nick Young wants cocaine to be legalized
Posted inAddiction

“I want people to pass cocaine. Everybody needs to do cocaine!” This was NBA player Nick “Swaggy P” Young’s response to TMZ when asked about Canada’s decision to legalize cannabis. Many believe that the 33-year-old Warriors player, still high on his NBA victory, has landed himself in a soup and is now more likely to […]

Teenagers who use heroin are usually poly-drug users, finds study
  Teenagers who use heroin are usually poly-drug users, finds study
Posted inTeens

Amid the ongoing opioid crisis affecting all the age groups, including teens, across the United States, a recent study by researchers from the New York University (NYU) has brought to light some startling facts related to heroin abuse among high school students. According to the study published recently in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, […]

Risk for alcohol and drug use higher among Native American youth, says study
  Risk for alcohol and drug use higher among Native American youth, says study
Posted inAlcohol

Native adolescents in the United States are more prone to alcohol and drug abuse compared to non-native adolescents, said a recent study. The research, conducted by the social scientists at the Colorado State University (CSU), found that the probability of using cannabis was 4.8 times higher among native eighth graders and 1.6 times higher among […]

Sober programs at US universities doing a great deal in supporting students recovering from addiction
  Sober programs at US universities doing a great deal in supporting students recovering from addiction
Posted inAddiction

Groups of college students hanging out in a bar and binge drinking is quite a common sight these days. This, despite the fact that the United States has the minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) of 21. Alcohol and drugs have thus gained easy access to college campuses. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug […]

Pot use during teen years can lead to drug abuse later, finds study
  Pot use during teen years can lead to drug abuse later, finds study
Posted inMarijuana

Contrary to the popular notion that developing addiction takes time and does not vary among people in different age groups, a recent study by the Université de Montréal has come out with a completely different observation. The research has found that boys who start smoking marijuana before attaining the age of 15 are more likely […]

Salvia, a uniquely terrifying drug of abuse
  Salvia, a uniquely terrifying drug of abuse
Posted inAddiction

A potent hallucinogenic herb, Salvia divinorum or salvia has been used for hundreds of years by the Mazatec Indians, living in Oaxaca, Mexico for healing and divination. What makes the drug unique is its ability to make its users experience both psychological and physiological effects. However, for some, the drug does not seem to induce […]

Unintentional and accidental exposure to stimulants among US teens on the rise, says study
  Unintentional and accidental exposure to stimulants among US teens on the rise, says study

The use of stimulant drugs, most frequently abused by teens, has risen in recent years. This trend is one of the major causes behind drug overdose cases among American teens. Often prescribed to teens for fatigue, sleep disorders or depression, stimulant drugs are also prescribed for treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). According to a recent […]

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