Yearly Archives: 2014


Teenage Study: Anti-anxiety and Sleep Medications


The prescribing of narcotic anti-anxiety and sleeping medications to teenagers may have devastating consequences, leading to a new generation of illegal, recreational drug users, according to researchers at the University of Michigan. The study, conducted at the U-M School of Nursing, found that teenagers prescribed anti-anxiety or sleep medications are up to 12 times more likely to abuse those drugs than those who had never had a prescription. "I recognize the importance of these medications in treating anxiety and sleep problems," [...]

Teenage Study: Anti-anxiety and Sleep Medications2014-11-25T12:07:02-08:00

College Students Abuse Prescription Stimulants


The abuse of prescription stimulants on college campuses across the country is a growing problem, a new survey indicates that almost one-fifth of college students abuse such drugs, HealthDay reports. The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids sponsored the survey which involved more than 1,600 young adults, including approximately 1,000 college students, who answered an online questionnaire. Ritalin, Adderall and Vyvanse, drugs meant to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), are the most commonly abused prescription stimulants. Students use stimulant medications to stay [...]

College Students Abuse Prescription Stimulants2014-11-20T11:31:41-08:00

DEA Investigates National Football League


Professional sports, especially high impact sports like football, put a heavy toll on the human body which often requires constant medical attention by team doctors. Despite being injured, many football players continue to go out on the field and are able to perform with seemingly little discomfort. On Sunday, federal drug agents conducted surprise inspections of National Football League team medical staffs as part of an investigation into suspected prescription drug abuse in the league, The Washington Post reports. The Drug [...]

DEA Investigates National Football League2014-11-18T13:13:57-08:00

The Creation of Non-Addictive Opioids


American dependence on opioid pain medications has created an epidemic that has swept across the country, resulting in a resurgence of heroin on the black market. While many researchers struggle to create abuse-deterrent opioids, drugs whose euphoric effects would be rendered ineffective if used inappropriately; another group is working on the creation of non-addictive opioids, drugs that would diminish the pain without getting the patient high. In fact, there are a number of medications with a low potential for abuse currently [...]

The Creation of Non-Addictive Opioids2014-11-13T11:09:26-08:00

The Long-Term Effects of Marijuana


Despite the growing widespread acceptance of marijuana use in the United States, much is still unknown about the long term effects the drug has on the brain. A research team from the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas has found that the effects of chronic marijuana use on the brain may depend on the age of first use and duration of use, according to Science Daily. Between the growing medical marijuana movement and subsequent legalization in four [...]

The Long-Term Effects of Marijuana2014-11-11T12:57:26-08:00

Alcohol May Lead to Structural Changes in the Brain


Scientists are making groundbreaking discoveries concerning the brain and the effects that alcohol has on our most crucial organ. While much of the effects of alcohol on the brain’s inner-workings remain unknown, especially on developing brains, researchers continue to glean new understanding through research with animals. A new study has found that drinking alcohol during one’s teenage years may lead to structural changes in the brain that could last into adulthood, affecting regions of the brain important in reasoning and decision-making, [...]

Alcohol May Lead to Structural Changes in the Brain2014-11-06T12:53:09-08:00

FDA Abuse Deterrent Opioids Hearing


The management of pain in the United States is a huge industry; the rate of those suffering from chronic pain is at an all time high. While the use of powerful opioids like oxycodone to treat pain is effective, researchers and health professionals all agree that the rampant prescribing of opioids attracts abusers. The federal government continues to look at various ways to curb the prescription drug epidemic, with the latest effort being mandates for abuse deterrent medications; however, there are [...]

FDA Abuse Deterrent Opioids Hearing2014-11-04T12:07:51-08:00

FASD: Problems Related to Alcohol Exposure Before Birth


The consumption of alcohol while pregnant can result in myriad of consequences for the baby. The risks of developmental disorders associated with such behavior are greater than many believe and are, in fact, a more common occurrence than ever thought before. A new study has found that as many as 5 percent of children may have some type of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), higher estimates than those found in previous research, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina, [...]

FASD: Problems Related to Alcohol Exposure Before Birth2014-10-30T14:41:51-07:00

Alcohol-related Deaths Among Bicyclists


In many cities, especially in beachfront communities like Newport Beach, a number of people consuming alcohol will ride their bicycle to avoid getting a DUI. While this choice of transportation may be safer for the community than driving drunk, it is still illegal and extremely dangerous for the rider. People who have already got DUI’s will often turn to their bicycle because they have lost their drivers license. Unfortunately, while the DUI may stop them from driving drunk, it does not [...]

Alcohol-related Deaths Among Bicyclists2014-10-28T14:19:46-07:00

Self-harming May Lead to Substance Use Disorders


New research indicates that teenagers who engage in self-harming are more likely to develop substance use disorders and emotional problems later in life. The study included almost 5,000 participants of 9,383 16-year old teenagers that were asked to complete a questionnaire that dealt with self-harming behavior, Medical Daily reports. Researchers followed the teenagers for five years. The study participants were more likely to be female, white and to have a mother with higher education, higher income, and higher social class. However, [...]

Self-harming May Lead to Substance Use Disorders2014-10-23T11:53:14-07:00