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How the stigma surrounding addiction keeps people from seeking treatment

Stigma is a problem with health conditions ranging from cancer and HIV to many mental illnesses. Some gains have been ...
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Video: What makes opioids so addictive

In the 1980s and 90s, pharmaceutical companies began to market opioid painkillers aggressively, while actively downplaying their addictive potential. The ...
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There was an opioid epidemic 130 years ago. Can it teach us anything about today’s crisis?

The 1890s and 1990s were both characterized by unopposed amplification of the benefits of opioids, the transformation of physicians into ...
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Examining our history of advertising for OxyContin and other opioids: Have we learned enough about the dangers of addiction?

Recent advertising for opioid drugs has taken a strange turn ...
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Can we find the keys to drug abuse, opioid addiction in our genes?

We still have much to learn about genetics, addiction, and even the brain itself ...
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Pot smokers with this genetic variant could face addiction risks similar to those who smoke cigarettes

Back in the 1960s and 1970s, for those of us who can remember them, marijuana was widely regarded as not ...
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Can you become addicted to pot? This gene increases your risk.

Danish researchers have for the first time identified a gene that increases the risk for cannabis use disorder. About 10 ...
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Making a case against ‘aggressive’ restrictions on opioid prescriptions

[Stefan] Kertesz, a primary care physician who also specializes in addiction medicine, had not spent his career investigating long-term opioid ...
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Can we blame our genetics for overeating?

Are eating habits a matter of choice and discipline? What role do our genetics play in determining how much and ...
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Have addictive personalities aided human evolution?

We’re so inundated with bleak facts about addiction that it may be hard to perceive any silver lining. It’s nearly ...
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Understanding the ‘little brain’ could be key to treating autism, addiction

For about two centuries the scientific community believed the cerebellum (Latin for “little brain”), which contains approximately half of the ...
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Wide range of genetic links to alcohol, tobacco use discovered in massive study

A new genetic study looking at smoking and drinking has confirmed much of what we already know about their impact ...
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How much can we blame our genes for addictive behavior?

Of all the people who try alcohol or illegal drugs, only 10 to 20 percent get addicted. No single gene ...
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Controversial treatment: Can we treat drug addiction with heroin?

As overdose deaths have broken records year after year in the U.S., a group of researchers has looked around the ...
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Why marijuana might not be such a great weapon to fight opioid addiction

The opioid crisis is an ongoing national tragedy. One commonly suggested response is cannabis. But emerging state and national statistics ...
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New opioid promises ‘gold standard’ pain relief without the addiction

Opioid drugs like morphine and Oxycontin are still held as the gold standard when it comes to relieving pain. But ...
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Opioid pain killer without risk of addiction? It may be possible

The ultimate goal of pain medicine—a powerful painkiller with few to no side effects, such as dependence or overdose—is still ...
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Can a genetic test predict risk of opioid addiction?

The opioid crisis is an ongoing tragedy, with fatal overdoses costing thousands of lives each year. Although opioids are an ...
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Yoga may be good for your mind, body–but what about your genes?

Research suggests that yoga, and similar mindfullness-focused activities, may foster genetic changes that help people cope with stress and avoid ...
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Humans who can’t feel pain pointing way to non-addictive painkillers

Genes linked to pain detection and perception may be physiological targets for new, non-addictive painkillers ...
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Meet blebb: To treat addiction, would you agree to have your memory erased?

Scientists have found a way to keep memories made while using meth from becoming permanent, erasing the lure of drugs ...