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Cocaine is the second most commonly chosen non-prescription drug that is abused in the United States for recreational purposes after marijuana. The profits garnered by the cocaine industry in Columbia now exceed those of the coffee industry. The issue of cocaine abuse and dependence afflicts approximately 2 million people in the United States alone according […]

A 10-year study conducted through the University of California illustrates a high correlation between the use of drugs in a mother while a child is in utero and the outbreak of severe behavior problems later in the child’s life. The study points to a saddening but not surprising issue: the long-term consequences of drug use […]

Findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America state that there might be a way for scientists to create medication that is non-addictive to treat chronic pain. Researchers are continuing their quest for a lower-dose pain reliever that will provide an answer to the physical problem […]

A recent study completed by the researchers at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences discovered that 65 percent of male participants who took the drug Finasteride for baldness also reported that they drank less alcohol while on the drug. Finasteride disrupts particular hormones in the brain that are reportedly linked to the […]

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a report this spring that offered few surprises to the American public. Currently, Americans are still drinking in excess. There was an increase during this past year in the number of adults who reported drinking five or more drinks in a day. Choosing to drink too much is […]

The fact that a study identified a strong association between male arrestees in four major American cities and drug use is unlikely to surprise anyone. What may be surprising, however, is that more than 70 percent of the men in this study who tested positive for drugs had never been in any drug or alcohol […]

Researchers are currently conducting experiments on a vaccine that could potentially be given to individuals fighting a heroin addiction. Currently, the vaccine has proven to block the “pleasure receptors” in the brain of rats. This, although an exciting find, is not exceptional news as there are already injections (such as Vivitrol) available for heroin addicts […]

A study completed at the New York State Psychiatric Institute released this spring found that individuals who took a tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) pill or “pot pill” enjoyed pain relief for longer periods of time than those individuals who smoked marijuana cigarettes. Currently legalized for medicinal use in 18 states, use of the drug is still highly […]

The way the human brain responds to the flavor of beer may tell us something about addiction and, specifically, bring scientists closer to discovering the exact genetic component of addiction. The Indiana University of Medicine released a report this spring that revealed that the taste of beer, not just the alcoholic content of beer, releases […]

The perception that the majority of individuals who are criminally assisting major crime organizations in smuggling drugs across American borders are not American is patently untrue, according to ABC News. Recent findings reported by the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) indicate that two-thirds of the individuals arrested at the US-Mexican border with drugs were American […]