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  • Did Scientists Accidentally Invent an Anti-addiction Drug?

    05/22/2023 8:38:43 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | MAY 19, 2023 | By Sarah Zhang
    People taking Ozempic for weight loss say they have also stopped drinking, smoking, shopping, and even nail biting. All her life, Victoria Rutledge thought of herself as someone with an addictive personality. Her first addiction was alcohol. After she got sober in her early 30s, she replaced drinking with food and shopping, which she thought about constantly. She would spend $500 on organic groceries, only to have them go bad in her fridge. “I couldn’t stop from going to that extreme,” she told me. When she ran errands at Target, she would impulsively throw extra things—candles, makeup, skin-care products—into her...
  • Why “Safe Injection Sites” Lead to More Death and Suffering -- From an Ex-Heroin Addict

    04/16/2023 10:33:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/16/2023 | Kyle Roth
    We hear the horrifying statistics daily – over 106,000 drug overdose deaths in America in 2021, with nearly 30% deaths in people 15-34. These young people have their whole lives ahead of them, promising lives tragically cut short. And it's getting worse. In Colorado, overdose drug deaths rose 38% from 2019 to 2020. You or someone you know could soon be one of those desperately grieving parents of a dead child. At the heart of the problem is the tendency for parents to be their kids' "best friend" rather than the strong authority figure imposing necessary limits to guide their...
  • Pill for skin disease also curbs excessive drinking, new study shows (Apremilast)

    02/21/2023 9:22:04 PM PST · by ConservativeMind · 8 replies
    Researchers have identified a pill used to treat a common skin disease as an "incredibly promising" treatment for alcohol use disorder. On average, the people who received the medication, called apremilast, reduced their alcohol intake by more than half—from five drinks per day to two. "I've never seen anything like that before," said Angela Ozburn. Ozburn and collaborators searched a genetic database looking for compounds likely to counteract the expression of genes known to be linked to heavy alcohol use. Apremilast, an FDA-approved anti-inflammatory medication used to treat psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, appeared to be a promising candidate. The researchers...
  • Medication targeting brain stress response may help cardiovascular symptoms of alcohol withdrawal (Prazosin)

    02/21/2023 8:45:51 PM PST · by ConservativeMind · 2 replies
    Prazosin, a medication FDA-approved for hypertension and used off-label for alcohol use disorder, may help prevent drinking relapse in people with cardiovascular or behavioral symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, according to a new study involving active-duty soldiers. Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is prevalent among soldiers. Prazosin reduces the noradrenergic signaling that is key to regulating the brain stress response. Overactivity of the noradrenergic system produces irritability, anxiety, "fight or flight" responses, and sleep disturbance. Noradrenergic activity can increase during abstinence from drinking; consequently, it contributes to mood disturbances, insomnia, and other distressing symptoms of alcohol withdrawal and to the "relief cravings"...
  • Gov. Gavin Newsom on the addiction crisis: "We all need to self-medicate periodically”

    01/30/2023 2:23:36 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    Not the Bee ^ | 01/30/2023
    “Clean and sober is one of the biggest damn mistakes this country ever made…We all need to self medicate periodically” - Gavin Newsom, explaining his plan to self medicate California out of our addiction epidemic.
  • A mysterious brain network may underlie many psychiatric disorders

    01/17/2023 12:32:24 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    Live Science ^ | Nicoletta Lanese
    Scientists have uncovered a mysterious network of brain connections that is linked to ... schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, addiction, OCD and anxiety — that share this underlying circuitry... Some "nodes" in the circuit have been linked to psychiatric disorders in the past, while others...are instead linked to key aspects of cognitive function, like selective attention and sensory processing... The team pinpointed brain regions where gray matter had atrophied, or shrunk, in the context of psychiatric disorders. [T]he disorders still had something in common: the tangled network of wires that runs between all these pockets of atrophy in the brain. The...
  • San Francisco addicts are kept 'in a state of bondage' by syringe exchange programs, former drug user says

    01/15/2023 2:09:16 AM PST · by blueplum · 17 replies
    Fox ^ | 15 Jan 2023 | Jon Michael Raasch
    SAN FRANCISCO – Providing drug users with syringes and pipes for public health purposes keeps addicts "in a state of bondage," a dealer-turned-activist told Fox News. The city has established more than 20 harm reduction centers... "They should restart rethinking their policies here because this harm reduction site, it just doesn't work," Ricci Wynne, a drug abstinence advocate and former drug dealer, told Fox News. The homeless in San Francisco "don't need more syringes, they don't need crack pipes, they don't need tinfoil."....
  • Starbucks secret: Dark French Roast ‘is not 100% coffee,’ says complaint

    11/01/2022 6:04:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 1, 2022 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    A popular Starbucks coffee variety allegedly contains undeclared potassium — potentially harming clueless customers who believe they’re chugging pure java, The Post has learned. A complaint filed late last month with the North Carolina Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection Division claims Starbucks Dark French Roast Coffee “significantly exceeds” levels of the essential nutrient found in other unadulterated beans sold on supermarket and retail shelves. Independent laboratory testing found 13% more potassium in Starbucks’ dark roast compared to its house blend as well as Dunkin’ Donuts’ and Lavazza’s dark roast varieties, according to the complaint.
  • Matthew Perry admits he ‘probably spent $9 million’ trying to get sober

    10/28/2022 8:31:11 AM PDT · by DallasBiff · 55 replies
    New York News ^ | 10/24/22 | Lee Brown
    Matthew Perry’s battle with addiction didn’t only nearly cost him his life — it came with a staggering price tag, too. “I’ve probably spent $9 million or something trying to get sober,” the “Friends” star admitted to The New York Times in an interview about his upcoming memoir detailing his harrowing near-death struggle. By the time he almost died at the age of just 49, Perry also realized he had spent more than half his life in treatment centers or sober living facilities, he said. His life as “a drug addict” — which he insists in the book is proof...
  • Finally a cure for long COVID? Drug used to treat alcohol and opioid addiction is found to relieve persistent brain fog and fatigue

    10/18/2022 4:29:59 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 39 replies
    a drug used to treat addiction could be what millions of long Covid sufferers around the world need to finally address their symptoms. Naltrexone is a generic drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat both alcohol and opioid addicts. But in small trials it has been able to relieve long Covid patients of lingering ailments like brain fog and fatigue that last months after the initial infection. The drug - sold under the brand name Revia - is now being touted as a crucial piece of the puzzle of long Covid that has stumped experts for over...
  • Sharp Rise in Marijuana-Related Psychosis: American Board of Pain Medicine President

    10/04/2022 2:10:52 PM PDT · by Cercyon · 62 replies
    EPOCH TIMES ^ | October 4, 2022 | Masooma Haq and Cindy Drukier
    As drug legalization groups and the cannabis industry lobby to legalize cannabis across the United States, with initiatives to legalize marijuana on the November ballot in five more states, many experts warn this will only increase the physical and mental harm from the unregulated, high-potency cannabis. President of the American Board of Pain Medicine and a vice president of the International Academy on the Science and Impacts of Cannabis, Dr. Ken Finn, said high potency cannabis use is being linked to poisonings in young children, as well as psychosis and schizophrenia in an increasing number of regular users. “A lot...
  • Florida man demands drug money from woman, crushes her truck with excavator

    09/15/2022 12:06:51 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    WFLA News Channel 8 ^ | September 14, 2022 | Dylan Abad
    TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A Florida man was arrested and accused of using an excavator to crush a woman’s truck after she failed to find enough money to buy drugs, authorities said. According to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, 36-year-old Richard Hamilton, of Englewood, was “laughing hysterically” as he used the bucket of an excavator to smash the woman’s Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck on Sunday. Deputies said the incident began on Saturday night when Hamilton drove the woman to several gas stations around town — all while demanding she find money for drugs. Hamilton became “increasingly agitated” after the woman...
  • DEA warns 'rainbow fentanyl' is a 'deliberate effort by drug traffickers to drive addiction' in young people

    08/30/2022 8:08:08 PM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/30/22 | Paul Best
    The DEA has already seized brightly-colored fentanyl in 18 states so far this month, a a new trend the agency says drug traffickers are capitalizing on to drive young people to the deadly drug. Fentanyl, a powerful opioid up to 50 times stronger than heroin, was responsible for 71,238 of the record 107,000 fatal drug overdoses in the United States last year, according to the CDC. The new brightly-colored fentanyl – which can come in pills, powder, and blocks that look like sidewalk chalk – is not more potent than the traditional form, but could be more attractive to young...
  • Teens are three times more likely to develop marijuana addiction than adults

    07/11/2022 2:58:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    UPI ^ | JULY 6, 2022 | Dennis Thompson
    In yet another report that illustrates the dangers pot poses to the young, developing brain, a new British study finds teenagers are much more likely than adults to develop an addiction to marijuana. "We found that teenagers are three and a half times more likely to have severe cannabis use disorder, which is essentially cannabis addiction," said lead researcher Will Lawn, a lecturer in addiction psychology with King's College London. "That's a very important harm which teenagers should be informed of." However, marijuana use did not appear to cause any other harms to the teenage brain, his team found. "Teenagers...
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy shows promise for opioid addiction treatment (Allows “significantly larger dose reduction” of methadone (4.3 mg vs. 0.25 mg))

    04/12/2022 2:00:32 PM PDT · by ConservativeMind · 14 replies
    Medical Xpress / Wash. State Univ. / Journal of Addictions Nursing / Brain Research ^ | Apr. 11, 2022 | Judith Van Dongen / Marian Wilson et al / Daniel Nicoara et al
    Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may help people being treated for opioid addiction reduce their methadone dose and better manage pain and withdrawal symptoms. The research team recruited participants enrolled in a local opioid treatment program to test the effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy, a treatment that involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized environment. The first paper showed that those who had received hyperbaric oxygen therapy as part of a planned methadone taper were able to maintain a significantly larger dose reduction of 4.3 mg three months after the study, as compared to 0.25 mg in participants who did not receive...
  • US zoo fears teen gorilla’s exposure to phones is behind anti-social behavior

    04/08/2022 1:30:49 PM PDT · by SJackson · 17 replies
    Visitors to the Chicago zoo showing the 415lb Amare pictures and videos through the glass wall has made him dismissive to other male gorillas A teenage gorilla in a Chicago zoo has been getting too much screen time, according to zoo officials. Amare, a 415-pound gorilla at Chicago’s Lincoln Park zoo, has been staring a little too frequently at the screens of cellphones from visitors who show him pictures and videos through the glass wall – including selfies, family photos, pet videos and even footage of Amare himself. He has apparently become so distracted as a result that last week,...
  • LA Judge Rules Ed Buck Sentencing to Go Forward (as BFF Schiff begins quarantine)

    04/06/2022 4:46:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    My News LA ^ | 4/05/22 | Contributing Editor
    A federal judge has denied a defense bid to have Ed Buck’s convictions for providing the drugs that killed two men in his West Hollywood apartment overturned on the grounds that the government used evidence of the defendant’s sexual fetishes to unfairly prejudice the jury, according to court papers obtained Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder heard arguments Monday and took the matter under submission, saying she needed time to examine some of the defense arguments before ruling on the acquittal motion. Her written ruling was filed later that day. Sentencing is scheduled for April 14. Buck faces between 20...
  • Drug Users Are Losing Their Fingers and Toes After Shooting ‘Tranq Dope’

    03/24/2022 2:17:48 PM PDT · by BansheeBill · 69 replies
    Vice ^ | 3/22/2002 | Manisha Krishnan
    In Philadelphia, the animal tranquilizer xylazine has infiltrated the opioid supply, and it's been linked to horrific wounds and amputations. Manisha Krishnan By Manisha Krishnan TORONTO, CA March 22, 2022, 7:00am Drug Users Are Losing Their Fingers and Toes After Shooting ‘Tranq Dope’ PHILADELPHIA — Bill’s hands are so disfigured that he can no longer fit gloves over them. About two months ago, his right ring finger was amputated. In a matter of weeks, he could lose the middle finger on his left hand, which was swollen with a large, maroon-colored sore covering the knuckle when VICE News met him...
  • Medical Marijuana Fails to Improve Symptoms, Doubles Risk of Addiction, Study Says

    03/23/2022 10:12:55 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 45 replies
    Study Finds ^ | MARCH 21, 2022
    Medical marijuana fails to improve symptoms of pain, anxiety, and depression — while increasing the risk that patients will develop an addiction to cannabis, a new study warns. Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital add that up to one in five users may develop cannabis use disorder (CUD). The findings come from a review of medical marijuana card holders in the United States. A growing number of states now allow the use and sale of medical marijuana to help alleviate the symptoms of conditions including epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and the side-effects from chemotherapy. “There have been many claims about the benefits...
  • Free Speech Restrictions on Social Media Could Squash Harm Reduction and Addiction Recovery Efforts

    12/06/2021 5:18:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Yahoo News! ^ | Sun, December 5, 2021
    When Chad Sabora started working in harm reduction, he worked out of his car on the streets of St. Louis, Mo. Sabora's beat-up sedan was a familiar sight in neighborhoods frequented by people who use drugs. Sabora, an attorney and former prosecutor in Chicago, had been in recovery for years and experienced addiction firsthand. Based on decades of research and his own experience, he knew sterile syringes prevented infectious disease transmission, naloxone saves lives by reversing overdoses, and that a well-timed pep-talk or caring gesture could profoundly help someone in the throes of addiction. He took a boots-on-the ground approach...