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Addiction News

Abuse of medicine across SA alarms Pharmacy Council

The SA Pharmacy Council (SAPC) is alarmed at the misuse and abuse of medicines in South Africa and has appealed to the public to use medicines wisely, reports the African News Agency. “Abuse of over-the-counter and prescription medication is a... October 8th, 2018

Support for FDA crackdown on e-cigarette sales to minors

The US Food and Drug Administration is cracking down harshly on manufacturers and retailers who are e-cigarettes who are allowing sales to minors. US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is “completely in support” of the  US Food... October 8th, 2018

Is teen vaping really an epidemic in America?

Experts say yes, reports NBC News’Maggie Fox, citing experts such as Dr Kirsten Hawkins, a pediatrician at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington DC, who said vaping is “rampant among our high school and middle-school-age... October 8th, 2018

Addiction treatment gap is driving a black market for Suboxone

Restrictions on the availability of approved medications to treat opioid addiction is driving a black market, writes Jake Harper for NPR. The American Society of Addiction Medicine and other groups support measures to increase access, believing that... October 8th, 2018

England ‘won’t be cigarette free until after 2050’

England won’t be entirely cigarette free until after 2050, new research suggests, writes Zoe Drewett for Metro. Some areas will go ‘smoke free’ sooner than others as experts call for more to be done to help smokers kick the habit. Bristol,... October 8th, 2018

Smoke-free Ireland still 34 years off as 100 die every week

Ireland risks missing its tobacco-free target date of 2025 by 27 years, the Health Service Executive has warned, writes John Downing for the Irish Independent. The shocking delay puts new pressure on Health Minister Simon Harris to soften his... October 8th, 2018

Addiction Research

Cure for cocaine addiction in reach, say scientists

A radical gene therapy for drug addiction has been shown to dampen down cravings for cocaine and protect against overdoses of the substance that would normally be lethal, writes Ian Sample for The Guardian. The therapy uses implants of stem cells... October 8th, 2018

Compound found in gut could help reduce cocaine addiction

US scientists believe they may be on to a possible cure for cocaine addiction with the help of bile acids, the gut compounds used for digestion, writes Colm Gorey for Silicon Republic. When it comes to solving a major health problem such as... October 8th, 2018

High rates of smoking in people with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa

Having HIV is associated with a greater likelihood of cigarette smoking and using smokeless tobacco, according to US research conducted in 25 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and published in Nicotine and Tobacco Research, writes Michael Carter for... October 8th, 2018

e-Cigarette explosions and burn injuries underestimated in US

The number of e-cigarette explosion and burn injuries have been underestimated by Federal Agencies in the US, according to a George Mason University study. These injuries were thought to occur rarely – but there is no national surveillance system... October 8th, 2018

Smoking linked to higher dementia risk

In an Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology analysis of nationwide health claims from Korea, men who smoked had an elevated risk of dementia. Researchers at Seoul National University College of Medicine found that compared with continual... October 8th, 2018

Shisha (hookah) addiction may be stronger than cigarette addiction

Smoking shishais very popular, particularly among young people. But despite what many people believe, it is highly addictive, writes Kamran Siddiqi, professor of global public health at the University of York, in The Conversation. In fact, a drug... October 8th, 2018

Most US colleges are not tobacco- and smoke-free, research reveals

Most US four-year colleges and universities as well as community colleges don’t have tobacco-free or smoke-free policies on campus, according to a study in the American Journal of Public Health, writes Carolyn Crist for Reuters Health. About... October 8th, 2018

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