Monitoring the Future 2010 Among the findings: Marijuana use is rising; ecstasy use is beginning to rise; and alcohol use is declining among U.S. teens Smoking stops declining and shows signs of increasing among younger teens ONDCP reponse "The increases in youth drug use reflected in the Monitoring the Future Study are disappointing. And mixed … Continue reading Monitoring the Future 2010
A couple of articles in the NYT recently on harm reduction in Iran. I could write a lot about this, but I won’t. A few points: The Iranian H.I. V. problem, unlike the one in the U.S., is largely driven by intravenous drug use (IDU). The author notes: “By recent measures, 62 percent of H.I.V. infections in Russia … Continue reading Iranian Harm Reduction
When I saw the post on disrupting memory retrieval to prevent relapse it brought to mind this from a couple weeks ago. Similarities between addiction cues and PTSD are interesting. Both articles discuss the relative ineffectiveness of exposure therapy and the promise of propranolol in mediating the super charged memories. Here is a paragraph from the addiction … Continue reading Propranolol Shows Early Promise for PTSD
More substance abuse treatment centers are providing nicotine replacement therapy to help patients quit tobacco use Tobacco use remains the single most preventable cause of death -- causing about 440,000 deaths per year in the United States. Almost half of these deaths occur among people with mental and substance use disorders.
Dopamine receptor deficiency leads to significant brain changes in response to drinking “This study shows that the effects of chronic alcohol consumption on brain chemistry are critically influenced by an individual’s pre-existing genetic makeup,” said lead author Panayotis (Peter) Thanos, a neuroscientist with Brookhaven Lab and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) … Continue reading More Research
Legal, taxed, regulated and still an enormous illicit industry.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime World Drug Report was released yesterday. The section, "Confronting unintended consequences: Drug control and the criminal black market" is an interesting read. Section 2.1 "Why illicit drugs should remain illicit" squarely and intelligently takes on the pro-legalization argument. It paints a broader picture of the problem than … Continue reading U.N World Drug Report