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Entries for February 2013

Stereotypes about addiction, perpetuated by the media, can be unintentionally reinforced by addiction professionals, according to a New York addiction expert.


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Many doctors don’t ask their teenage patients about their drinking, a new study finds. A survey of 10th graders found that while more than 80 percent had seen a doctor in the past year, only 54 percent of them were asked about drinking, and 40 percent were advised about the dangers of alcohol.


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The shape of cocaine users’ brains may influence whether they become addicted to the drug, British researchers have found. A smaller frontal lobe is associated with a greater risk of cocaine addiction.


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Recovering alcoholics who feel shame about past alcohol abuse may have an increased risk of a relapse, a new study suggests.


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Prescription opioid overdoses rose seven-fold in New York City from 1990 to 2006, according to researchers at Columbia University. They found the increase in drug overdoses was due to painkillers. Methadone overdoses remained stable, and heroin overdoses decreased during the same period.


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A program that teaches people to recognize and respond to overdoses of opioids can significantly decrease the number of overdose deaths, researchers at Boston Medical Center have found.


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Energy drinks can be dangerous for teenagers, according to a new report published in a pediatrics journal. The drinks are particularly dangerous when they are combined with alcohol, CBS News reports.


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A new study in rats explains the link between binge drinking and the increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.


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Expert marijuana growers are in demand in states that have legalized the drug for medical use, The Arizona Republic reports. These consultants work for dispensaries or “grow centers,” giving tips on how to manipulate the plants with lights, nutrients and air to grow high-grade marijuana.


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Addiction treatment professionals can play a vital role in preventing the leading known cause of intellectual disabilities, birth defects and neurobehavioral disorders in the world, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), according to Kathleen T. Mitchell, Vice President and International Spokesperson for the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.


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