Could 'love hormone' help drug addicts stay clean?

Posted by - April 12, 2017

This post was originally published on this siteExperts say oxytocin, a key hormone made naturally by the brain, could hold the key to treating drug addicts and help them avoid relapse. Oxytocin is most usually associated with childbirth and breast feeding, but has multiple psychological effects, influencing social behaviour and emotion. Sometimes called the ‘love

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Heroin use rises significantly among young whites

Posted by - March 30, 2017

This post was originally published on this siteHeroin use and heroin use disorder have increased significantly among American adults since 2001, according to new research conducted at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. The portion of Americans using heroin has climbed five-fold in the last decade, and clinically defined heroin dependence has more than

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More access to opioid treatment programs needed in Southeast, says study

Posted by - March 29, 2017

This post was originally published on this siteIn 2015, more than 30,000 Americans died from overdosing on opioids, and a new study led by the University of Georgia shows that one of the hardest hit populations — low-income Americans on Medicaid — isn’t getting the help it needs to combat opioid addiction. The researchers analyzed

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How do some opioids cause severe itching?

Posted by - March 27, 2017

This post was originally published on this siteOpioids have long been an important tool in the world of pain management, but the side effects of these drugs — from addiction and respiratory failure to severe itching and dizziness, can be overwhelming. Scientists have been trying to understand how these side effects happen so they can

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