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Pain Management: Opioids versus Non-Opioids
To compare opioid vs non-opioid medications for chronic non-cancer pain among a randomized sample of US veterans, Krebs and colleagues conducted a 12 month investigation to compare the efficacy, pain-related function, pain intensity, and adverse effects between opioid based versus non-opioid based medications.
The Golden Years? Aging and Alcohol Use Disorder
Longitudinal analysis of Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) and cohort interactions between comparing chronological age and AUD by measuring the brain’s precentral and superior frontal regions with age-associated cortical volume decline observed in the control participants.
Binge Drinking: Not Just a College Problem Anymore
Binge drinking is the most common, costly, and lethal pattern of alcohol use in the United States.  The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines binge drinking as a pattern of drinking that brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08 percent or above.
Smoking Marijuana: A Gateway Drug to Cigarettes? 
Even after two decades of decline, cigarette smoking remains the leading preventable cause of premature death and disease in the United States. And although fewer people are smoking cigarettes, more people than ever are smoking marijuana.
Driving Stoned
Cannabis is now the most frequently detected illicit drug in drivers involved in motor vehicle crashes. Experimental research and epidemiological data have demonstrated psychomotor impairment associated with THC intoxication and quantified impairment with heightened risk of motor vehicle fatalities.
More Brain, Body Connection Data
The relationship between stress, anxiety, depression and physical health is complicated. Recent advances in neuroscience, medicine and psychiatry have changed how we look at illness. The emergence of “behavioral medicine” over the past 10-15 years has attempted to bridge this gap as it has become increasingly clear that emotional stressors are associated with physical health, especially cardiovascular disease.
Is Marijuana a Viable Replacement for Opioids in Managing Chronic Non-Cancer Pain?
According to surveillance data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mortality from drug overdose has steadily increased since the dawn of the new millennium. More than 600,000 overdose deaths were reported from 2000 to 2016.
MDMA–Love Drug to Therapeutic Agent?
The non-profit Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) estimates that proposed phase 3 studies of MDMA will be completed by 2020. They and others assert that a new drug application will be submitted to the FDA shortly thereafter.
How THC Injures the Brain
The dramatic increase in marijuana potency plus the increased prevalence of use among all age cohorts in the US have compelled scientific inquiry regarding the effects of this “recreational” drug. Clearly, marijuana does not cause overdose deaths like opioids or withdrawal deaths like alcohol. But, is it not like taking omega 3’s…a harmless supplement, whether it has any safe and effective health benefit or not?