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Addiction News

Experts push for legal regulation of drugs in South Africa

The war on drugs has done more harm than good and must be replaced by legal regulation, say eminent doctors at the helm of a new think-tank. University of Cape Town emeritus professors of medicine Dan Ncayiyana and JP van Niekerk are... October 15th, 2019

Pause in opioid litigation against Purdue Pharma and Sacklers

Citing mounting costs of litigation that are siphoning funds that could otherwise go to abate the opioid crisis, a bankruptcy judge on 11 October ordered a pause in legal action by states against Purdue Pharma and its owners, the Sacklers, writes... October 15th, 2019

Cannabis extract may work as a treatment for cannabis addiction

For people who are addicted to cannabis, one treatment option may – paradoxically – be to take pills containing an extract of cannabis, writes Clare Wilson for New Scientist. The first test of the idea has found that people taking... October 15th, 2019

CDC warns of dangers of nicotine salts in Juul in e-cigarettes

A top US health official told lawmakers on 24 September that e-cigarette market leader Juul uses nicotine salts in its vaping devices, which can lead to much more available nicotine and could be particularly dangerous for teenagers,... October 15th, 2019

Timing of Iqos tobacco device launch in US couldn’t be better

Iqos isn’t a vaping device or a cigarette. It heats tobacco, but doesn’t burn it, and is designed to give users the same rush of nicotine as smoking with fewer toxins. It comes amid public panic over an outbreak of a deadly lung disease... October 15th, 2019

Addiction Research

In tiny doses, an addiction medication eases chronic pain

A growing group of chronic pain patients are turning to the addiction treatment medication naltrexone, which can substantially relieve pain when used in micro-doses, writes Alex Smith for National Public Radio. Lori Pinkley, a 50-year-old... October 15th, 2019

Breath test successfully detects opioid use

A test to detect opioid drugs in exhaled breath has been developed by engineers and physicians at the University of California – Davis. A breath test could be useful in caring for chronic pain patients as well as for checking for illegal drug... October 15th, 2019

Exploring psychology’s role in responding to opioid addiction

The literature on addictive substances such as alcohol and tobacco has developed consistently over decades of study within the field of psychology, writes Bert Gambini for the University at Buffalo. Now a special issue of the Journal of... October 15th, 2019

The opioid epidemic and the psychology of addiction

Heroin and other opioid fatalities have escalated to crisis proportions, intensifying the need for evidence-based recommendations for educational and policZy campaigns to prevent abuse of opioids and other substances. Understanding the... October 15th, 2019

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