Alcohol damages the brain more than cannabis, study finds

Researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder found that, unlike booze, marijuana does not affect the size or integrity of white or grey matter in the brain, even after years of exposure.
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To inform Medicaid medication management and public health policymaking, the authors analyzed the major predictive factors influencing program-approved therapeutic use or poisoning E-coded encounters leading to emergency department visits and hospital admission for the totality of Michigan Medicaid beneficiaries during a 12-month 2010–2011 period. The analytic cohort was composed of 26,134 approved E-code encounters submitted for 19,865 discrete Michigan Medicaid beneficiaries. More than 1% of all beneficiaries experienced at least one adverse medication/agent-related E-code encounter during the period. More such en...
Source: Journal of Patient Safety - Category: Health Management Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
This article examines protection rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989 (CRC) and assesses the extent to which such protection rights are afforded to prenatal children in Ireland in the context of prenatal exposure to al...
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The current article critically reviews three methodological options for assessing drinking episodes in the natural environment. Ecological momentary assessment (EMA) typically involves using mobile devices to collect self-report data from participants in d...
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Scholarship on the drug trade shares points of convergence with work on mobilities studies and transport history, particularly in the study of the production, commerce, and consumption of licit and illicit drugs in spatial and geographical context. The vis...
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This article examined the differences in causes and health consequences between synthetic drug and heroin abuse in urban China. Two-group comparisons were conducted to quantify differences in individual characteristics, causes of drug use, and HIV/STI risk...
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BACKGROUND:  A substance misuse epidemic has been observed in the United States leading to a dramatic increase in mortality rates. Because of poverty and accessibility to drugs, Camden County, NJ, has struggled with substance-related fatalities. In additio...
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BACKGROUND: Rising use of prescription opioids is a major public health concern associated with increased risk of mortality worldwide. Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid available in patch form, is particularly concerning given its high potency. To curb the misu...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news
The objective of this study was...
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OBJECTIVE: To examine the effects of a harm reduction policy, specifically Good Samaritan (GS) policy, on overdose deaths. DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: Secondary data from multiple cause of death, mortality records paired with state harm reduction and subst...
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Substance Use Disorders (SUD) lead to brain structural and functional deficits associated with cognitive and social functioning in affected individuals and can impact on treatment outcomes. The lack of behavioural autonomy is underpinned by direct reward, ...
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