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Medical prescription of heroin does not pose neighborhood risk

This release is available in French . Montreal, February 17, 2009 Providing heroin to drug addicts at medically supervised clinics does not pose risks to surrounding neighbourhoods, according to a new study by Serge Brochu, a researcher at the Universit de Montral School of Criminology. Br...

Research sheds new light on heroin addiction

Researchers from the Howard Florey Institute in Melbourne have identified a factor that may contribute towards the development of heroin addiction by manipulating the adenosine A2A receptor, which plays a major role in the brains reward pathway. Using mice specifically bred without the adenosin...

Fear of Needles, Greedy Dealer 'saved' Lennon and Ono from Heroin Addiction

It was not friends or family that saved John Lennon and Yoko Ono from developing a heroin addiction, but a greedy drug dealer and a healthy fear of needles. And, the news comes from an impeccable source - Ono herself. Ono, on BBC Radio 4 programme 'On Desert Island Discs', revealed how thei...

Shop Till You Drop Heroin - Plan to Provide Incentives to Drug Users

A plan to provide incentives to drug users on methadone for heroin addiction, on the likes of shopping vouchers,// might be a way to encourage drug users to give up the habit, a draft guidance has indicated. Such incentive schemes employed in the past, in the United States, have always proved...

Genetic-Key to Stop Heroin Addicts

Researchers from University of Adelaide in the Discipline of Pharmacology have found a genetic key for improving treatment success rates of heroin addicts around// the world. They have discovered a gene that helps determining the optimum methadone dosage levels for heroin addicts. The study re...

Painkiller Dihydrocodeine May Replace Methodone In Treating Heroin Addicts

Scottish researchers from Universities of Edinburgh, Napier and Adelaide have found out an alternative painkiller, dihydrocodeine for treating HEROIN addicts.// The new drug costs half as much as methadone and is much safer and less toxic too. ‘The study findings could have major implications f...

Prescription Opioids Abused More Than Heroin - A Report Says

A new study conducted in seven Canadian cities reveals that the legal prescription drugs such as OxyContin or Demerol is becoming more prevalent //than heroin, raising questions about drug control in the country. The research shows that the users turning to opioids or prescription painkillers are a...

Naloxone Prevents Heroin Overdose

A drug called naloxone has the potential to stop overdoses in heroin addicts. Hence many needle exchange programs are prescribing this drug to heroin addicts.// The news follows the deaths of at least 400 people who have consumed heroin laced with fentanyl. Prevention Point Philadelphia, a no...

Seizure of Low Quantity of Heroin is No Ground for Bail: HC

New Delhi, June 11 The mere fact that the quantum of narcotics seized from an accused was low will not entitle him to bail, the Delhi High Court has ruled. Dismissing a batch of bail applications moved by those accused of trading in heroin, //Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed directed the trial cour...

Highly Pure Form Of heroin Proving To be lethal Killer

Strathclyde police have issued a warning to drug users about the quality of the class-A drug. A lethally pure form of heroin is being sold on the west coast// of Scotland has caused a sharp rise in drug-related deaths. Since the beginning of this year there has been 82 inquiries into drug-rel...

General Anesthesia For Heroin Detoxification Is No Good

Research studies have shown that use of general anesthesia for heroin detoxification is no better when compared to other methods of detoxification. The study, which came in the latest issue of JAMA, also points out the fact that use // of general anesthesia in these circumstances can also lead to a...

A new way out for heroin addicts

Heroin addiction is a serious problem that can often be fatal. Methadone has been one of the treatment options for long-term heroin addicts. However, the major concern in treating heroin addicts with methadone is that methadone can become addictive. This is one reason methadone therapy is usually o...

Drug saves heroin addicts

The drug naloxone saves heroin addicts from overdose and it is advisable for these addicts to have naloxone with them for life saving emergencies, according to doctors at the National Addiction center at London. Naloxone, is routinely given by doctors, during emergency resuscitation following ...

Opioid Abuse More Prevalent than Heroin

A new study conducted in seven Canadian cities reveals that prescription opioids, and not heroin, are the major form of illicit opioid use. //These findings raise questions about the current focus of Canada's drug control policy and treatment programs. A team led by Dr. Benedikt Fischer, a res...

Afghanistan's double-edged problem - AIDS and Heroin

Between 2001 and 2006, the number of AIDS cases reported from strife-torn Afghanistan, have grown from a manageable 8 to a formidable 61. //The increasing use of heroin has raised concern amongst health authorities as a significant cause of abetting the spread of AIDS in the nation. Anti-narc...

Narconon Trois-Rivieres Cites 'Hillbilly Heroin' as Canadian Drug Addiction Crisis

... Narconon toll-free line at 1-877-782-7409, or visit the website at http://narconon.ca/ (Ref: Gordon Gibb, "OxyContin Canada: Hillbilly heroin in the Great White North," Lawyers and Settlements.com, June 6, 2007: http://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/features/oxycontin-street.html ) ...

Debate Over Advertising Prescription Drugs to Consumers Goes Online at New ProCon.org Website

...vey, and a listing of all sources used. Some interesting information presented on the website includes: * Bayer Pharmaceuticals sold heroin as an over the counter cough remedy in the early 1900s. * The Food and Drug Administration began regulating prescription drug advertising in ...

Is Your Teenager Using Prescription Drugs Behind Your Back? TestCountry Drug Test Panel Numbers Tally with NIDA Fact Sheet Reports on Prescription Drug A

...rescription drugs. Lack of information has also led teenagers to believe that prescription drugs are safer than illegal substances like cocaine or heroin because they are prescribed by licensed doctors and are bought from a pharmacy. Prescription drugs are also the ones most readily available to tee...

Stroke Damage Is Less in Rats Given Opioids

...National Institutes of Health, gave the rats a drug called [D-ala2,D-leU5] enkephalin (DADLE) -- which belongs to the same drug family as morphine and heroin -- and then induced a stroke in the rats by blocking cerebral artery blood flow. After the stroke, the rats that received the drug did better on be...

Here to Help(TM): Unique Program Combines Direct Personal Assistance With Web-Based Resources to Improve Opioid Dependence Treatment Outcomes

...em from being successful in treatment for prescription opioid painkiller or heroin dependence. Although approximately 1.7 million people in the Unite...way similar to full opioid agonists (e.g., prescription opioid painkillers, heroin or methadone) to retain patients in treatment and reduce opioid use by larg...

Economy Impacts People Seeking Treatment for Addiction - 80% Increase Over Last Year

...T.org , saw an 80% increase in patients seeking treatment for painkiller or heroin addiction compared to April of 2008. As of this morning May is on track for...very Center Residential program in Dallas, Texas, especially in the area of heroin or prescription narcotic addition. It is very important to get anyone that ...

Boost Natural Killer Cells to Prevent Swine Flu

...ntifically advanced, compassionate, detoxification techniques for alcohol, Xanax, Klonopin, methadone, Vicodin, Oxycontin, Percocet, Norco, Fentanyl, heroin and other opiate drugs. Florida Detox and Wellness Institute has treated over 5,000 patients for chemical dependency. We have proven patients self-me...

Admissions for Prescription Painkiller Abuse on Rise

...es Administration report. Among the other findings in the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) 2007: The percentage of admissions primarily due to heroin use was about the same in 2007 as it was in 1997 -- 14 percent. The percentage of admissions primarily due to methamphetamine/amphetamine abuse was...

Global War on Drugs Takes Devastating Toll on Human Lives, Advocates Say

...en successful efforts to reduce cultivation of opium poppy can accelerate HIV infection. In Burma and Pakistan , for example, scarcity of opium and heroin have led to price increases, and caused drug users to switch from inhalation to injection as a more efficient (and more dangerous) mode of administrat...

New information points to safer methadone use for treatment of pain and addiction

... New findings may significantly improve the safety of methadone, a drug widely used to treat cancer pain and addiction to heroin and other opioid drugs, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of Washington in Seattle....

Author's Unwelcome Sequel Brings Light to Addiction

...tition of his son's seemingly endless addiction to heroin FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/...idays With Landon," was driven by his son Landon's heroin addiction and was written while Landon was in jail...tition of his son's seemingly endless nightmare of heroin addiction. Both books were written after Neal reti...

Church of Scientology Fighting Teen Drug Abuse

...school students abuse prescription drugs more than hard drugs like cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. Police in West Virginia announced yesterday that 75% ...effects of commonly abused substances, the films also target alcohol, meth, heroin cocaine, crack, marijuana and Ecstasy, in addition to prescription drug abu...

'Recovery coaches' effective in reducing number of babies exposed to drugs

... given birth to at least one substance-exposed infant prior to enrollment in the study. Although several characteristics age, race, and cocaine or heroin use among them place certain women at higher risk for giving birth to a substance exposed infant, mothers who have at least one prior substance-expos...

Study Questions Value of Anti-Meth Campaign

...g meth isn't a risky behavior; teens were four times more likely to strongly approve of regular meth use; teens were more likely to report that taking heroin and cocaine isn't risky; and up to 50 percent of teens said the graphic ads exaggerated the dangers of meth use. Initially, the MMP was privately f...

Success of anti-meth ads questioned by study

...not a risky behaviour; teenagers were four times more likely to strongly approve of regular meth use; teenagers were more likely to report that taking heroin and cocaine is not risky; and up to 50% of teenagers reported that the graphic ads exaggerate the risks of using meth. The review found that the MMP ...

California Drug Rehab Facility Completes Comprehensive Remodeling Project

...ion) as well as their groundbreaking efforts in the field of dialectical behavior therapy. Men and women come to Michael's House for the treatment of heroin Addiction, Vicodin Addiction, Cocaine Addiction, Crystal Meth Addiction and a variety of other conditions including alcoholism . For more informa...

FDLI Names 2009 Distinguished Service and Leadership Award Recipients

... also was a member of the National Institutes of Health's Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee and its Consensus Panel on Effective Medical Treatment of heroin Addiction. Buc served as a member of the Office of Technology Assessment's Advisory Committee on New Developments in Biotechnology and its panel on Go...

Methamphetamine abuse linked to underage sex, smoking and drinking

...ikely they were to use crystal meth. Being sexually active was "significantly associated" with using crystal meth. Youth who smoked, drank or used heroin and other opiates were more likely to try crystal meth. When it came to mental health, low-risk youth with adjustment disorder, conduct disorder and...

Extended Therapy Helps Drug-Addicted Teens

... TUESDAY, Nov. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Teens treated for addiction to heroin or prescription painkillers are less likely to continue using these drugs i...n opioids such as Vicodin and Oxycontin, and 10 percent said they used both heroin and prescription painkillers, Woody said. "Treatment programs for kids ...

Suboxone Fast Passing Methadone As Preferred Method Of Treatment For Opiate Detox

...prescribed like any medication and taken at home in a private environment. With thousands of people every day becoming addicted to opiates such as heroin and prescription painkillers, cutting-edge drug detox procedures like the ones currently offered at Medtiox of Palm Beach are a welcome sight. M...

Target America Exhibit Opens at the California Science Center October 2, 2008

...ricate ways different drugs are produced throughout the world. Displays illustrating drug production include a recreated jungle cocaine lab, an Afghan heroin factory and a toxic methamphetamine hotel "cook" room. Displays that focus on trafficking show how drugs are smuggled in soles of shoes; soaked into...

Methadone Kills Resistant Leukemia Cells

...opioid addiction worked without toxic effects, study finds FRIDAY, Aug. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Methadone, a drug used to break addiction to heroin and other opioid drugs, appears to be a potent killer of leukemia cells, a new study finds. "Methadone kills sensitive leukemia cells and also brea...

Study shows high rates, rising costs of alcohol/drug disorders in hospitalized patients

... used opioids (like heroin) or cocaine only. The number of opioid abusers rose sharply during the period studied, reflecting the recent resurgence of heroin in Baltimore. Patient characteristics differed by insurance status. In particular, patients on Medicaid/Medicare and uninsured patients were more li...

Fewer U.S. High School Students Engage in Risky Behaviors

... and white students, the survey found. Hispanic teens were also more likely than black or white students to have attempted suicide, or use cocaine, heroin or ecstasy. Hispanics were also more likely to be in a car with a driver who had been drinking. They were also more likely to not eat for a day or mor...

Depression diversity: Brain studies reveal big differences among individuals

...u-opioid receptors is endorphins, which have become known as a feel good chemical involved in reinforcing rewarding experiences. Illicit drugs such as heroin also act upon mu-opioid receptors, creating the high sensation and probably playing a role in the addiction process. In this group of depressed an...
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