Amphetamine abuse in Sweden: subject demographics, changes in blood concentrations over time, and the types of coingested substances - Jones AW, Holmgren A.
Amphetamine is a major drug of abuse in Sweden and in the other Nordic countries. The demographics of amphetamine abusers in Sweden and the concentrations of this stimulant in blood are reported for 10 years of forensic blood samples (2001-2010). Using a f... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - March 6, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Persistent amphetamine consumption by truck drivers in São Paulo State, Brazil, despite the ban on production, prescription, and use - de Oliveira LG, Endo LG, Sinagawa DM, Yonamine M, Muñoz DR, Leyton V.
This study analyzes persistent amphetamine ... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - March 6, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Sriracha, Zohydro, and more: tox on the web
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2DJN0gnuI8 The science of Sriracha: The American Chemical Society has a must-see video on Sriracha hot sauce — it goes well with everything — including disquisitions about the origin of the Scoville scale and the physiology of capsaicinoids. (HT @ToxTalk) Early ads for sedatives: The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel — which is doing some of the best reporting in the country on drugs and the pharmaceutical industry — has a great collection of medical journal ads for tranquilizers from the 1950s and 60s.  This post accompanies their story...
Source: The Poison Review - March 5, 2014 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical amphetamine drug screen capsaicin did she kill him Florence Maybrick gravel Kate Coloquhoun PVP pyrrolidinopentiophenone scoville scale sedative sriracha tox on the web tranquilizer advertisement zohydro Source Type: news

Analysis of new classes of recreational drugs in sewage: Synthetic cannabinoids and amphetamine-like substances - Reid MJ, Derry L, Thomas KV.
The analysis of sewage for the residues of commonly used illicit drugs has successfully been applied as a suitable approach for estimating community illicit drug use. The drug market is increasingly dynamic with new substances continually being marketed fo... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - March 3, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

The global epidemiology and burden of psychostimulant dependence: Findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 - Degenhardt L, Baxter AJ, Lee YY, Hall W, Sara GE, Johns N, Flaxman A, Whiteford HA, Vos T.
AIMS: To estimate the global prevalence of cocaine and amphetamine dependence and the burden of disease attributable to these disorders. METHODS: An epidemiological model was developed using DisMod-MR, a Bayesian meta-regression tool, using epidemiological... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - February 28, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Why is cocaine adulterated with an animal dewormer? Mystery solved?
3.5 out of 5 stars Aminorex, a metabolic of the cocaine adulterant levamisole, exerts amphetamine like actions at monoamine transporters. Hofmaier T et al. Neurochem Int 2013 Dec 1 [Epub ahead of print] Abstract During the last decade, many shipments of cocaine seized by U.S. drug authorities have been found to be adulterated with levamisole, a veterinary anti-worming medicine. The drug in the past has been used to treat various medical conditions in humans, but was withdrawn from the market because of significant  adverse reactions. Levamisole has also been associated with the occurrence of agranulocyt...
Source: The Poison Review - February 21, 2014 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical adulterated aminorex cocaine levamisole Source Type: news

Acute poisoning with weight-loss dietary supplement falsely suggesting the use of amphetamine - Łukasik-Głebocka M, Sommerfeld K, Tężyk A, Zielińska-Psuja B.
We report a case of abuse of weight-loss dietary supplement in 27-year-old man, with characteristic for amphetamine sympathomimetic symptoms and positive analysis of this drug in the urine by immunoassay method (FPIA; Axsym, Abbott). However pos... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - February 15, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Are energy drinks linked to drug use?
Conclusion This cross-sectional survey has assessed the self-reported use of energy drinks and soft drinks among a large nationally representative sample of almost 22,000 US secondary school students. It found that roughly a third of adolescents aged 13 to 18 years reported drinking energy drinks daily, and just under half reported drinking regular soft drinks daily. The use of energy drinks and soft drinks was slightly higher among those in the 8th grade (13 to 14 years) than the 10th or 12th grades. The researchers found a general trend that increased use of energy drinks was associated with increased use of substa...
Source: NHS News Feed - February 7, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child Food/diet Source Type: news

amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, Adderall, Adderall XR
Title: amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, Adderall, Adderall XRCategory: MedicationsCreated: 4/17/1999 8:28:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 2/4/2014 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Medications General)
Source: MedicineNet Medications General - February 4, 2014 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Beware of Being "Right"
Much of the emotional suffering in the world comes from the substitution of power for value. The curse of our times is that so many people have developed the habit of seeking to feel temporarily more powerful when they feel devalued.read more (Source: Psychology Today Relationships Center)
Source: Psychology Today Relationships Center - January 15, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Steven Stosny, Ph.D. Tags: Relationships Self-Help abuse amphetamine anger constellation contempt cup of coffee curse disrespect egos electronic age emotional state emotions error rate habit humane values illusion illusion of certainty illusion Source Type: news

Make the diagnosis: 16-month-old child with irritability
3 out of 5 stars A 16-Month-Old Girl with Irritability After Ingesting White Pills. Jones MA et al. Pediatr Emerg Care 2014 Jan;30:69-71. Reference – no abstract available This short diagnostic puzzle was presented as part of Pediatric Emergency Care‘s “Pick Your Poison” series. A 16-month-old girl is brought to the emergency department with irritability, diaphoresis, tachycardia (152 bpm, resistant to fluids), hypokalemia (3.7 mmol/L) and an anion-gap metabolic acidosis (gap = 24). The father reports that the child was found ingesting “white pills” contained in her grandmother...
Source: The Poison Review - January 9, 2014 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical caffeine toxicity diet pills dimethylamylamine dmaa pediatric poisoning sympathomimetic toxidrome Source Type: news

Illicit drug residues in Swedish sewage water
Chemists at Umea University have been able to trace narcotics substances and prescription drugs in measurements of wastewater from 33 Swedish sewage treatment plants. Cocaine, amphetamine, and methamphetamine, in measurable concentrations, were found in a total of half of the locations.When a person consumes a drug it is excreted through the digestive system, either unchanged or as metabolites through the body and ends up in the wastewater. Through taking a sample of water in treatment plants and measuring the levels of drugs can provide a snapshot of the drug usage in a particular city. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 24, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Source Type: news

Evaluation of the effects of anti-motion sickness drugs on subjective sleepiness and cognitive performance of healthy males - Weerts A, Pattyn N, Van de Heyning P, Wuyts F.
This study aimed to investigate the clinical and cognitive side effects of baclofen (10 mg), meclizine (50 mg), dimenhydrinate (40 mg) plus cinnarizine (20 mg) and promethazine (25 mg) plus d-amphetamine (5 mg). The study had a double-blind, placebo contro... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - December 21, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Drug residues detected in Swedish sewage water
(Umea University) Chemists at Umeå University in Sweden have been able to trace narcotics substances and prescription drugs in measurements of wastewater from 33 Swedish sewage treatment plants. Cocaine, amphetamine, and methamphetamine, in measurable concentrations, were found in a total of half of the locations. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 17, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Patterns of drug use changing, but risks remain, UK
A new report published by Public Health England, Shooting Up - infections among people who inject drugs in the United Kingdom 2012, found patterns of injecting drug use are changing, but infection risk for all drug users remains high. Whilst heroin, on it's own or in combination with crack-cocaine remains the most commonly injected drug, the number of people reporting their main injecting drug as amphetamines and amphetamine-type substances (like mephedrone), nearly tripled between 2002 and 2012... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 11, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Source Type: news

Shire's ADHD drug succeeds in trial to treat binge eating
LONDON (Reuters) - Pharmaceutical group Shire PLC said Vyvanse, its amphetamine-based drug prescribed to U.S. students to control ADHD, had also been successful in treating the newly-recognized binge eating disorder (BED) in a trial. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 5, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Must-Read: FDA approves long-acting hydrocodone despite warning from its own advisory panel (Weekly Web Review in Toxicology)
This study design allows researchers to enroll only subjects who have already been shown to tolerate and respond to the drug. Critics of this method argue that it stacks the deck in favor of good results, and in no way simulates real-world conditions or predicts after-market experience. Last December, an FDA panel voted against approving the drug. One panel member, medical toxicologist Jeanmarie Perrone, said she was “surprised” when the drug was approved. In a related story, the Journal Sentinal previously reported that the enhanced enrollment design was worked out at annual private meetings between drug ...
Source: The Poison Review - November 3, 2013 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical battery ingestion central park ecstasy FDA federal drug administration hydrocodone mdma pma toxic plant zohydroer Source Type: news

Toxicology and Genital Injury
2 out of 5 stars Self-inflicted Testicular Amputation in First Lysergic Acid Diethylamide Use. Blacha C. et al.  J Addict Med 2013;7:83.4. Abstract This striking case report describes a 32-year-old man without previous mental health problems who amputated both his testicles after possibly using lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) for the first time, along with alcohol. According to the paper: Mr. A. was admitted to the primary-care unit after he had been observed in the public banging his head repeatedly against a tree and tearing out his testes and then putting them into his mouth in a state of vigorous agitation. On ad...
Source: The Poison Review - October 25, 2013 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical genital injury LSD lysergic acid diethylamide self-mutilation Source Type: news

Senior doctor raises concern over advertising of some prescription drugs in the US
Concerns over "tasteless and, possibly, harmful" advertising of amphetamines and other prescription drugs in the US are raised in an article published on bmj.com. Dr Sidney Wolfe, founder and senior adviser to the Health Research Group at Public Citizen, describes how a Los Angeles boutique is selling athletic shirts emblazoned with the word "Adderall" - a prescription amphetamine for treating attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 21, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Source Type: news

Crystal methamphetamine use increases risk of injection initiation among injection-naive street-involved youth
The use of crystal methamphetamine by street-involved youth is linked to an increased risk of injecting drugs, with crystal methamphetamine being the drug most commonly used at the time of first injection, found a study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Amphetamine-type drugs, including crystal methamphetamine, are second only to cannabis in popularity. Injection rates of crystal methamphetamine have increased substantially among adult drug users in some Canadian centres such as Vancouver, BC... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 17, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Source Type: news

Beta-cathinone derivatives--a new generation of dangerous psychostimulant "designer drugs" - Zawilska JB, Słomiak K, Wasiak M, Woźniak P, Massalski M, Krupa E, Wojcieszak JŁ.
Synthetic beta-cathinone derivatives belong to the novel group of psychostimulant "designer drugs". They show significant structural similarity to catecholamines and exogenous central nervous system (CNS) stimulating agents such as amphetamine, methampheta... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - October 1, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Texting Further Impairs Teen ADHD Drivers
Teenagers with ADHD have more impaired driving compared to their non-ADHD peers. Add texting to the mix, and the impairment rises exponentially for both ADHD and non-ADHD teens. read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - September 29, 2013 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D. Tags: Child Development Cognition Health Parenting ADD ADHD adolescence amphetamine amphetamine salts cincinnati children common knowledge driving driving experience frontal lobe frontal lobes hospital medical center inhibition Source Type: news

Adolescent athletic participation and nonmedical adderall use: An exploratory analysis of a performance-enhancing drug - Veliz P, Boyd C, McCabe SE.
OBJECTIVE: A primary motive for adolescents and young adults to nonmedically use prescription stimulants is to help them study. Adolescents and young adults are using prescription stimulants, such as Adderall (amphetamine aspartate, amphetamine sulfate, de... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - September 4, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Mortality, causes of death and risk factors for death among primary amphetamine users in the Swedish criminal justice system - Ericsson E, Bradvik L, Håkansson A.
This study examined mortality and predictors of death in 1,396 primary amphetamine users (85% males) who were interviewed with the Addiction Severity Index in the Swedish criminal justice system during 2000-2006 and followed through 2008. Forty-nine client... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - September 4, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

First analysis of global drug dependence reveals opioids responsible for the greatest burden of death and illness
The first ever analysis of the global and regional prevalence of dependence upon the four major categories of illicit drugs - amphetamine, cannabis, cocaine, and opioids (such as heroin) - has revealed that opioid dependence causes the greatest health burden (overall death and illness) of all the illicit drugs. The results come from new analysis of the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010, and are published in The Lancet. For all of the drugs studied, over two thirds of dependent individuals were male (64% each for cannabis and amphetamines, and 70% each for opioids and cocaine)... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 29, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Source Type: news

When Your Child’s ADHD Treatment Stops Working
Your child might be having a harder time focusing on homework. His or her grades might be slipping. Or he or she might be getting into trouble more often at school or at home. In other words, your child’s symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be getting worse — or not getting any better. So what do you do if treatment seems to be “wearing off”? Foremost, communication and collaborative relationships are critical in helping your child. According to child and adolescent psychiatrist Steven G. Dickstein, MD, this includes: working together with your child’s treatment te...
Source: Psych Central - August 20, 2013 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: Attention Deficit Disorder Children and Teens Disorders General Medications Parenting Self-Help Stimulants Treatment Adhd Adhd Symptoms Adhd Treatment Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disor Source Type: news

Inattention, impulsive action, and subjective response to d-amphetamine - Weafer J, de Wit H.
BACKGROUND: Both impulsivity and sensitivity to the rewarding effects of drugs have long been considered risk factors for drug abuse. There is some preclinical evidence to suggest that the two are related; however, there is little information about how spe... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - August 20, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

The agony with ecstasy: Lessons from a recent rave - Hoo GWS.
The compound 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), more commonly known as "Ecstasy", is a well recognized but often an underappreciated drug of abuse. It is a synthetic derivative of amphetamine intended for use as an appetite suppressant when created ... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - July 23, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

“Marijuana Recovery”
Given recent inroads into marijuana legalization, we should expect the emergence of support groups for persons who use marijuana while recovering from the use of alcohol and other drugs. This development is long overdue, and should be encouraged.read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - July 16, 2013 Category: Addiction Authors: Peter Ferentzy Tags: Addiction Self-Help aas abstinence Addiction and Recovery adolescence alcoholism amphetamine Amphetamine. Drug Legalization cocaine crackhead decriminalization drug of choice first few years heroin honest observation inroad Source Type: news

DSM-5 likely to increase cases of ADHD drug overdose
3.5 out of 5 stars Overdose of Drugs for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Clinical Presentation, Mechanisms of toxicity, and Management. Spiller HA et al. CNS Drugs 2013 Jun 12 [Epub ahead of print] Abstract There is a very good chance that in the near future we will see an increasing number of cases involving ingestion or overdose of drugs used to treat Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). DSM-5, released last month, has changed criteria for making a diagnosis of ADHD that will radically expand the the population of both children and adults who could be labelled with the condition and be candidat...
Source: The Poison Review - July 3, 2013 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical adderall ADHD atomoxetine attention deficit hyperactivity disorder clonidcine DSM guanfacine modafinil psychostimulant. methylphenidate Source Type: news

Your Eyes Reveal Your Passions and Risks
A non-invasive, widely available eye exam can characterize the brain’s most important reward system and offer health care providers and psychologists the opportunity to intervene and provide early treatments for obesity, depression, schizophrenia and mania. read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - July 1, 2013 Category: Addiction Authors: Professor Gary L. Wenk, Ph. D. Tags: Addiction Depression Eating Disorders Psychiatry amphetamine brief light cocaine complex network correlation drugs of abuse electrical activity euphoria eyes are the window frontal lobes invasive method letter names molecul Source Type: news

Adderall(®) (amphetamine-dextroamphetamine) toxicity - Fitzgerald KT, Bronstein AC.
The American Psychiatric Association estimates that 3-7% of US school-aged children exhibit attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Adderall(®) (amphetamine dextroamphetamine) and a variety of brand names and generic versions of this combination ... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - June 30, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Benzo Fury: prolonged paranoia and agitation after ingesting 6-APB
3.5 out of 5 stars Acute Psychosis Associated with Recreational Use of Benzofuran 6-(2-Aminopropyl)Benzofuran (6-APB) and Cannabis. Chan WL et al. J Med Toxicol 2013 Jun 4 [Epub ahead of print] Abstract   6-APB is a structural analogue of MDA that has characteristics of both phenethylamines and amphetamines. It is not yet scheduled or regulated in the United States. On June 10 2013, 6-APB was listed as a “Temporary Class Drug” in the United Kingdom, a move that outlawed its sale or import. 6-APB is available for purchase over the internet, often labelled as “Benzo Fury” and ...
Source: The Poison Review - June 16, 2013 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical 6-APB benzo fury designer drug legal high phenethylamine psychotropic Source Type: news

Use Of Stimulant Medication In Childhood Not Associated With Increased Risk Of Substance Use Disorders In Adulthood, Study Suggests
The treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with stimulant medication is not associated with either an increased or decreased risk of later substance use disorders, according to a meta-analysis published Online First by JAMA Psychiatry, a JAMA Network publication. The use of medication, most often with stimulant medication (e.g., methylphenidate and mixed amphetamine salts), is a well-established treatment for ADHD and constitutes the first-line ADHD treatment in many clinical settings... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 29, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Source Type: news

Determination of methamphetamine in neonatal hair and meconium samples: estimation of fetal drug abuse during pregnancy - Wada M, Sugimoto Y, Ikeda R, Isono K, Kuroda N, Nakashima K.
Determination of methamphetamine (MP) and its metabolite amphetamine (AP) in hair and meconium samples from a neonate was performed to estimate the fetal abuse of MP during pregnancy. Five hundred micrograms of the neonate's hair spiked with 1-methyl-3-phe... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - May 25, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Parents Think 1 In 100 Teens Using "Study Drugs" But Actual Figure Is More Like 1 In 10
As high schoolers prepare for final exams, teens nationwide may be tempted to use a "study drug" ­- a prescription stimulant or amphetamine - to gain an academic edge. But a new University of Michigan poll shows only one in 100 parents of teens 13-17 years old believes that their teen has used a study drug. Study drugs refer to stimulant medications typically prescribed for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); commonly prescribed medicines in this category include Adderall, Concerta, Ritalin, and Vyvanse... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 22, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Source Type: news

1 in 10 teens using 'study drugs,' but parents aren't paying attention
(University of Michigan Health System) As high schoolers prepare for final exams, teens nationwide may be tempted to use a "study drug" -- a prescription stimulant or amphetamine -- to gain an academic edge. But a new University of Michigan poll shows only one in 100 parents of teens 13-17 years old believes that their teen has used a study drug. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 20, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Stopping Phentermine After Long-Term Treatment Does Not Result In Amphetamine-Like Withdrawal
New research published at the European Congress on Obesity (ECO) shows that abrupt cessation after long-term use of the anti-obesity drug phentermine does not induce amphetamine-like withdrawal symptoms. The research is by Dr Ed Hendricks, Center for Weight Management*, Sacramento & Roseville, California, USA, and was funded by the American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP). Phentermine is a psychostimulant drug of the phenethylamine class, with pharmacology similar to amphetamine... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 17, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Obesity / Weight Loss / Fitness Source Type: news

Amphetamine use by truck drivers on highways of Sao Paulo State: a risk for the occurrence of traffic accidents? - Takitane J, Oliveira LG, Endo LG, Oliveira KC, Muñoz DR, Yonamine M, Leyton V.
This article seeks to estimate the prevalence of amphetamine use among truck drivers. Drivers (N = 134) were stopped o... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - May 16, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Attention-Deficit Drugs Face New Campus Rules
Fresno State is one of dozens of colleges tightening the rules on the diagnosis of A.D.H.D. and the subsequent prescription of amphetamine-based medications like Vyvanse and Adderall. Some schools are reconsidering how their student health offices handle A.D.H.D., and even if they should at all. (Source: RWJF News Digest - Public Health)
Source: RWJF News Digest - Public Health - April 30, 2013 Category: American Health Source Type: news

The hidden dangers of legal highs
In the last five years, the market for legal highs has exploded. It's never been easier, or cheaper, to buy drugs online – but no one knows what's in them, or how dangerous they areFor most of the last decade, an average of four or five new legal drugs came on to the market each year. Trade was steady – government efforts were focused on fighting the spread of illegal substances. And then mephedrone appeared on the scene: cheap, legal and available online. By 2010, the drug, now dubbed meow meow by journalists, had become the fourth most popular drug on the market, after marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy. It was b...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 26, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Mike Power Tags: The Guardian Society Drugs Law Technology Features Drugs policy Internet Science Source Type: news

Pattern of drug use and depressive symptoms among amphetamine type stimulants users in Beijing and Guangdong Province, China - Bao YP, Qiu Y, Yan SY, Jia ZJ, Li SX, Lian Z, Mu Y, Liu ZM.
BACKGROUND: In recent years, amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) have increased dramatically in East-south Asia, especially in China. Most ATS users suffered from psychosis comorbidity, and depression is the main syndrome in ATS users. METHODOLOGY: A cross-s... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - April 19, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Amphetamine-induced PsychosisAmphetamine-induced Psychosis
Are primary psychotic disorder and psychosis precipitated by amphetamines two separate phenomena? In this review, the authors propose a new model for understanding the dynamics of their relationship. BMC Psychiatry (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 5, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry Journal Article Source Type: news

Methylphenidate Didn't Ease Amphetamine DependenceMethylphenidate Didn't Ease Amphetamine Dependence
Extended-release methylphenidate was no better than placebo at reducing amphetamine or methamphetamine use in dependent individuals in a randomized double-blind trial. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 19, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Decision- making in polydrug amphetamine-type stimulant users: an fMRI study - Koester P, Volz KG, Tittgemeyer M, Wagner D, Becker B, Gouzoulis-Mayfrank E, Daumann J.
Qualitative poor decision-making and associated altered neuronal activation patterns have been described for the users of several drugs, amongst others for stimulants like amphetamine and MDMA. Deficits in decision-making might be caused by an augmented at... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - February 26, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Tox Tunes #70: Turpentine Moan (Canned Heat)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzKAzyBzxpY      Well what you gonna do when your troubles they get like mine      Well what you gonna do when your troubles they get like mine      You take a mouthful of sugar, drink a bottle of turpentine The blues-rock band Canned Heat took their name from Tommy Johnson’s 1928 classic “Canned Heat Blues“, the only tune I can think of that is about methanol poisoning.  Their song “Amphetamine Annie” — with its repeated admonition “Speed Kills!” — was one of the earliest anti-drug s...
Source: The Poison Review - February 18, 2013 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical canned heat sunnyland slim tox tunes turpentine moan Source Type: news

When 'Study Drugs' Kill (Part 1): How Ambition Becomes Adderall Addiction
The story could not be more awful; a downward spiral of amphetamine addiction ends in suicide. But it wasn’t Black Beauties or crystal meth, or any kind of street speed. It was so-called “study drugs” like Vyvanse and Adderall, all prescribed by a series of psychiatrists thinking they were doing good while doing harm. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 10, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Todd Essig Source Type: news

ADHD Diagnoses: Through the Looking Glass
The key point of diagnosis is to rule out alternative explanations and to determine that a “clinically significant impairment in functioning” exists. read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - February 4, 2013 Category: Addiction Authors: Dr. Lara Honos-Webb Tags: Addiction Therapy 14 year old girls ADD Coach ADHD ADHD Coach alice in wonderland amp nbsp amphetamine amphetamine addiction depression anxiety diagnosis disruption egregious example emotional intelligence impair levels of Source Type: news

The (Victorian) science of Ripper Street | Vanessa Heggie
The BBC's new Victorian detective series, best described as CSI:Whitechapel, has delivered complicated storylines, archaic dialogue, and lots of Victorian science and medicinePoisoning by antimony-contaminated flourFood poisoning was a daily hazard for Victorians, and a concern for doctors and scientists. In the 1840s and '50s chemists and doctors led campaigns against adulterated food. Investigators even found reports of horse meat being passed off as beef (imagine!). By 1889 – when Ripper Street is set – a series of laws had been passed regulating food and drug safety, but serious mass poisonings still took p...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 3, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Vanessa Heggie Tags: Blogposts Television & radio guardian.co.uk Science Source Type: news

Concerns About A.D.H.D. Practices and Amphetamine Addiction
A young man’s suicide highlights issues in the diagnosis and treatment of A.D.H.D., as growing numbers of youths fake symptoms to obtain steady prescriptions for stimulants that can be dangerous. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By ALAN SCHWARZ Tags: Doctors Mental Health and Disorders Psychiatry and Psychiatrists Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Adderall (Drug) Fee, Richard CVS Caremark Corporation CVS NYSE Education (K-12) Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Youth Rite Aid Corporatio Source Type: news