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Amphetamines Polluting Some Urban Streams: Study

Posted 25 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 25, 2016 – Medications and illegal drugs are polluting streams in and around at least one major U.S. city, new research reveals. Scientists say this pollution comes with ecological consequences – areas in some streams have high enough concentrations of the stimulant amphetamine to alter the bottom of the aquatic food web. "Around the world, treated and untreated wastewater entering surface waters contains pharmaceuticals and illicit drugs that originate from human consumption and excretion, manufacturing processes, or improper disposal," study author Sylvia Lee said in a Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies news release. "We were interested in revealing how amphetamine exposure influences the small plants and animals that play a large role in regulating the health of streams," said Lee. She conducted the research when she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Cary ... Read more

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U.S. DEA Denies Request to Ease Federal Pot Rules

Posted 11 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2016 – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has refused the request of two former state governors to ease marijuana's restrictive classification under current drug laws. The DEA said it based its decision largely on information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA previously concluded that marijuana has "no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States," according to National Public Radio (NPR). "This decision isn't based on danger. This decision is based on whether marijuana, as determined by the FDA, is a safe and effective medicine, and it's not," DEA chief Chuck Rosenberg said in the NPR report. The request – initially proposed in 2011 – sought to have marijuana reclassified from a Schedule I drug to a Schedule II drug. Schedule I drugs are considered drugs "with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for ... Read more

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What a Change in DEA's Pot Rules Might Mean for Medical Research

Posted 11 May 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 – Most doctors approach medical marijuana with a great deal of uncertainty, because drug laws have hindered researchers' ability to figure out what pot can and can't do for sick patients. That could soon change. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is weighing whether to loosen its classification of marijuana, which would remove many restrictions on its use in medical research. If that occurs, doctors could start getting answers to the questions they regularly receive from patients regarding marijuana's clinical benefits. "I am asked as a practicing doctor even in a rural area about medical marijuana use, and I want to make sure I can give patients advice that's evidence-based," said Dr. Robert Wergin, board chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians. "We need those kinds of studies to help us give informed advice to our patients who ask about it ... Read more

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Young Athletes Pressured by Parents May Resort to 'Doping'

Posted 1 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 29, 2016 – Young male athletes under parental pressure to succeed are more likely to use banned substances to boost their sports performance, a new study finds. Researchers at the University of Kent in England asked 129 young male athletes, average age 17, about their attitudes on "doping" – the use of prohibited drugs, such as steroids, hormones or stimulants, to boost athletic ability. These substances, sometimes called performance-enhancing drugs, can potentially alter the human body and biological functions. However, they can be extremely harmful to a person's health, experts warn. In addition, the study participants were also asked about four different aspects of perfectionism. The four areas were: parental pressure; self-striving for perfection; concerns about making mistakes; and pressure from coaches. Only parental pressure was linked to positive feelings about ... Read more

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Injuries Tied to Illegal Meth Labs on the Rise: CDC

Posted 27 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2015 – Chemical burns, respiratory ailments and even deaths tied to accidents in illegal methamphetamine labs are on the rise in the United States, a new study shows. Overall, 162 people were injured between 2001 and 2012 in the five states covered by the study. Those states were Louisiana, Oregon, Utah, New York and Wisconsin. The injuries included 26 children and 42 law enforcement officials, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. After 2005, legislation by states to restrict over-the-counter access to ingredients used by "meth" labs led to a drop in the number of injuries for a few years. But the lull didn't last. "In 2008, as meth producers learned to circumvent laws and obtain restricted precursor drugs, and introduced the hazardous 'shake and bake' meth-making method," injuries began to rise again, reported a team led by ... Read more

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More American Children Diagnosed With ADHD

Posted 14 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 14, 2015 – The number of American children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is rising, U.S. government experts say. And it's important for the disorder to be recognized and treated. Untreated ADHD can cause serious problems for children, such as falling behind in school, difficulty making and keeping friends, and having conflicts with parents, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Children with untreated ADHD have more emergency room visits and are more likely to have self-inflicted injuries than those who receive treatment, according to a news release from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In addition, teens with untreated ADHD are more likely to take risks, such as drinking and driving, and have twice as many traffic crashes as those who receive treatment, the FDA said. The number of American children aged 4 to 17 ... Read more

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Meth, Coke Addiction May Affect Brains of Women More Than Men

Posted 14 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 14, 2015 – In a new study, brain scans reveal that women formerly addicted to stimulant drugs, such as cocaine and methamphetamine, have a smaller amount of a type of brain tissue known as "gray matter." This was true even though the women hadn't used the drugs for about a year before undergoing the brain scans, the study said. The research also hints, but cannot prove, that these drugs take a greater toll on addicted women's brains compared to men who had been dependent on the same drugs. Compared to healthy men, formerly drug-dependent men showed little to no changes in their brain scans, the study authors noted. "Gray matter is important because it is where signals are generated in the brain that gives us the ability to think, move and behave," explained study author Dr. Jody Tanabe, a professor of radiology from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, ... Read more

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More U.S. Kids Getting Mental Health Treatment

Posted 20 May 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2015 – The number of U.S. children and teens being treated for mental health issues has risen by about 50 percent in the past 20 years – with most of those kids having relatively mild symptoms, a new study finds. The research, published in the May 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, comes at a time of growing concern over young people's mental health treatment. In particular, some worry that kids with milder issues are being overtreated with antidepressants, stimulants (such as those used for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and antipsychotic drugs, said lead researcher Dr. Mark Olfson, a professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University in New York City. According to Olfson, his findings suggest that kids with less serious symptoms account for a large share of young people getting mental health care – whether that means medication or ... Read more

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Methamphetamine Use Linked to Parkinson's Risk

Posted 29 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 26, 2014 – People who use methamphetamine have a greatly increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease, a new study warns. Researchers analyzed the medical records of more than 40,000 people in Utah. About 5,000 of that group were methamphetamine – or "meth" – users. Around 1,800 were cocaine users, and about 34,000 didn't use drugs, according to the researchers. The study found that methamphetamine users were three times more likely to develop Parkinson's disease. Cocaine users didn't have an increased risk of Parkinson's, the researchers said. The study wasn't designed to prove that methamphetamine caused Parkinson's disease, but it did find a strong association between use of the drug and the development of the disorder. The study was published recently in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. The researchers also found that women who use methamphetamine appear ... Read more

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Cocaine, Amphetamines May Up Injection Drug Users' Suicide Risk

Posted 19 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 – Injectable drug users who also use cocaine and amphetamines have nearly double the suicide attempt rate of other substance users, a new study finds. "We know that substance use is associated with the risk of suicide attempt and completed suicide," Didier Jutras-Aswad, a psychiatry professor at the University of Montreal, said in a university news release. "However, there are many different profiles of drug users. We wanted to know who among substance users were actually more likely to attempt suicide." The researchers studied 1,200 adults who had injected drugs within the previous six months. In surveys, researchers asked them questions about drug use and suicide attempts. At the start of the study, 6 percent of participants said they'd tried to commit suicide within the past six months, a much higher rate than in the general population. Participants were then ... Read more

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Sharp Rise in 'Meth'-Linked ER Visits in U.S., Study Shows

Posted 19 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 19, 2014 – The number of methamphetamine-related visits to U.S. hospital emergency departments jumped from about 68,000 in 2007 to almost 103,000 in 2011, the latest year for which such data is available, a new federal government report finds. The report, released Thursday by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), "shows that methamphetamine use may be on the rise again, and we must do everything we can to address this serious public health problem," Dr. H. Westley Clark, director of SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, said in an agency news release. The report comes as discouraging news, because ER visits linked to the illegal drug had fallen significantly between 2005 and 2007. However, cases began to rise again between 2009 and 2011, SAMHSA found, and between 2007 and 2011, there were sharp increases in the number of ... Read more

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Crystal Meth May Jump-Start Injection Drug Use, Study Says

Posted 15 Oct 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 15 – Young people who use crystal methamphetamine are at increased risk of injecting drugs, a new Canadian study finds. The highly addictive man-made stimulant is usually smoked but sometimes snorted or injected for its euphoric effects. Researchers looked at 395 street youth, ages 14 to 26, in Vancouver, who used crystal meth but were not injection drug users. During a follow-up of about five years, 64 (16 percent) of these young people injected drugs for the first time. Crystal meth was the drug most commonly used in the first injection. First-time drug injection took place in a variety of locations – with 39 percent occurring in public places – and usually with other people present, including friends (57 percent), family members (13 percent) and acquaintances (10 percent), according to the study published Oct. 15 in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Among ... Read more

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Preschoolers' Use of Psychiatric Drugs Levels Off, Study Shows

Posted 30 Sep 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 30 – Doctors don't seem to be as quick as they once were to reach for their prescription pads when treating preschoolers for mental troubles, a new study shows. The research, published online Sept. 30 in the journal Pediatrics, looked at recent trends in the use of psychotropic medications – drugs that alter mood or behavior – in children between the ages of 2 and 5. After reaching a peak between 2002 and 2005, the use of drugs such as stimulants and antidepressants to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and depression, respectively, leveled off between 2006 and 2009, even though diagnoses of those disorders climbed over the same time period. The study suggests that doctors may be using treatments such as behavioral therapy and counseling, instead of prescriptions, to help young kids. "Our study couldn't determine that, but that's my biggest hope, that ... Read more

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Meth Use Tied to Deadly Brain Infection in Mouse Study

Posted 30 Jul 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 30 – Using the drug methamphetamine may increase the risk of death from a fungal lung infection called cryptococcosis, according to the results of a new study conducted in mice. The condition is caused by Cryptococcus neoformans, a fungus that initially infects the lungs and is usually harmless in healthy people. But methamphetamine causes openings in the blood-brain barrier than can enable the fungus to move from the lungs and invade the central nervous system and cause a deadly brain infection. In this study, researchers found that injections of methamphetamine significantly increased the colonization of the lungs by the fungus and sped up disease progression and the time to death in the mice. Nine days after being infected with C. neoformans, 100 percent of the mice that were injected with methamphetamine were dead, compared with 50 percent of mice that weren't given ... Read more

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ADHD Meds Don't Raise Risk of Drug Abuse in Adulthood: Review

Posted 29 May 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 29 – Children taking stimulants to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) don't face a greater risk of becoming drug addicts in adulthood, researchers report. Whether or not these medications (such as Ritalin or Adderall) increase the odds of children becoming addicted later to alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, nicotine or other drugs has been debated for years, with studies coming to conflicting conclusions. "Previously, there was evidence for both increased risk and decreased risk for substance problems related to stimulant medication in the treatment of ADHD," said study author Kathryn Humphreys, a doctoral student in psychology at University of California, Los Angeles. "The present study suggests that, on average, children who received stimulant medication treatment for ADHD are at no differential risk for these substance outcomes than their counterparts ... Read more

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