Misuse of Prescription Drugs: A Research Study

From the Website of the National Institute on Drug Abuse Dr. Lora, Volkow, Executive Director June 2020 Misuse of prescription drugs means taking a medication in a manner or dose other than prescribed; taking someone else’s prescription, even if for a legitimate medical complaint such as pain; or taking a medication to feel euphoria (i.e., …

Connections between Sleep and Substance Use Disorders

From the Monthly Blog of Dr. Nora Volkow, Executive Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse Original Date March 9, 2020 Most common mental disorders, from depression and anxiety to PTSD, are associated with disturbed sleep, and substance use disorders are no exception. The relationship may be complex and bidirectional: Substance use causes sleep problems; but …

Scientific Findings and Achievements in Drug Abuse Research for 2018

From the Blog of Dr. Nora Volkow, Director National Institute on Drug Abuse January 7, 2019 Dr. Volkow noted, "As we enter 2019, it is a good time to take stock of what NIDA accomplished over the past year. As always when I look back at the research being done by NIDA grantees and partners, …

Me Included

I recently took the time to read President Obama's report Epidemic: Responding to America's Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis (2011), published on the monthly blog of Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. (Sept. 14, 2016) According to the president's report, prescription drug abuse is the nation’s fastest-growing drug problem. While there …

Life Skills Training Shields Teens From Prescription Opioid Misuse

NIDA Notes, December 3, 2015, By Eric Sarlin, M.Ed., M.A., NIDA Notes Contributing Writer, National Institute on Drug Abuse The Life Skills Training (LST) prevention intervention, delivered in 7th grade classrooms, helps children avoid misusing prescription opioids throughout their teen years, NIDA-supported researchers report. Coupling LST with the Strengthening Families Program: for Parents and Youth …

Why Do Addicts Take a Drug That No Longer Gives Pleasure?

People who have used cocaine for a long time report a paradoxical-seeming experience: The pleasure they get from taking the drug decreases even as the drug intensifies its hold over their behavior. A recent NIDA-supported study sheds light on why this might be. Researchers shows that, in mice, a cocaine-induced imbalance in the activity of …

The Anatomy of Alcoholism

Many different types of people become alcoholics, but all alcoholics are ultimately alike. The disease itself swallows up differences. The personality changes that go with the illness of alcoholism are predictable and inevitable. Alcoholism can destroy the physical, emotional, spiritual and mental life of the sufferer. Early drinking is characterized by a mood swing in …

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