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  1. Crystal Meth Youth Use Tops Estimates

    June 15, 2007 -- Crystal methamphetamine (crystal meth) appears to be more widely used by young adults in the U.S. than previously thought. A study released today shows that nearly 3% of U.S. young adults say they have used crystal meth in the previous year; the study was conducted in 2001-2002. Tha

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  2. Addiction: Life in a Bottle

    As an aspiring novelist in his early 20s, Carl (not his real name) equated the glamorous life of writing with boozing. "Faulkner, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and more contemporary writers were known as big boozers. If it was good for them, why can't it be good for me?" he thought. But he didn't get the r

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  3. Drug Abuse Strikes 1 in 10 Americans

    May 7, 2007 -- Ten percent of U.S. adults have abused drugs or become physically dependent on drugs, a new study shows. The study, published in May's edition of the Archives of General Psychiatry, focuses on drugs other than nicotine or alcohol. "Drug use disorders continue to be a widespread and su

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  4. Warning Signs of Inhalant Abuse

    May 7, 2007 -- Parents and pediatricians should learn the warning signs of inhalant abuse, the potentially deadly inhalation of household products to get high. Here are facts on inhalant abuse, published in the May edition of Pediatrics: About 11% of U.S. 12th-grade students have tried inhalant abus

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  5. Nudging the Brain Toward Addiction

    April 25, 2007 -- A single dose of morphine may affect a brain region involved in addiction, making addiction more likely, scientists report in Nature. They studied rats, not people, to see how one dose of morphine affects the brain's ventral tegmental area (VTA). The VTA is a brain region involved

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  6. Women, Alcohol, and Brain Damage

    April 23, 2007 -- Women who are alcohol-dependent develop serious and potentially irreversible brain damage more quickly than men, new research shows. Despite having a shorter history of alcohol dependence and drinking less overall, female alcoholics in the study showed more evidence of mental impai

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  7. Rise in Alcohol Abuse by College Women

    March 15, 2007 -- A report released Thursday shows what researchers call an alarming rise in binge drinking among college women, part of a trend of rampant drinking and drug use on campuses nationwide. And a second report released by the government concludes that young girls are increasingly turning

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  8. Brain Chemical Tied to Drug Addiction

    March 1, 2007 -- A brain chemical called dopamine may affect impulsivity and drug addiction, British researchers report. The researchers included Jeffrey Dalley, PhD, of the University of Cambridge in England. Their findings, published in Science, could help explain the brain's role in drug addictio

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  9. Switching to Smokeless Tobacco No Cure

    Feb. 14, 2007 -- Switching from cigarettes to snuff or chewing tobacco isn't nearly as healthy as quitting tobacco altogether. A new study shows cigarette smokers who changed to spitting smokeless tobacco products are still more likely to die from tobacco-related diseases such as lung cancer and hea

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  10. Don't Drink the Hand Sanitizer

    Jan. 31, 2007 -- Hand sanitizer isn't a drink, but doctors report two cases of men who drank it for its alcohol. Both men survived, but doctors say drinking hand sanitizer could be fatal. The cases are described in The New England Journal of Medicine. The first involved a 49-year-old prison inmate i

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