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    NAD+ therapy can supposedly increase your energy, focus and metabolism, improve your cardiovascular health and help you detox from drink and drugs. All this, of course, sounds incredibly unlikely – so I thought I'd see for myself. It's good to be skeptical about wonder drugs, because often there's nothing wonderful about them at all. So when a finance worker friend of mine told me he'd discovered a miracle treatment that gives him a huge advantage over his colleagues, I was dubious. "No –...
  2. Youth workers warn of rise in drugs purchases through social media

    Dealers use sites such as Instagram and Snapchat to reach young people, prompting calls for education on risks Growing numbers of teenagers are buying illegal drugs on social media sites such as Instagram and Snapchat, experts have said. Youth workers have raised concern about the trend, which they say has accelerated in the last year and a half. One said he had spoken to children as young as 13 who had bought drugs through such sites. “In the last 18 months we have gone from this way of...
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    Every Australian should be concerned about the impact of alcohol and drugs in our community. However, headlines which highlight the problems caused by a single drug hide the complex and often intractable problems of people who use drugs, the challenges faced by those who treat them and the costs to society of strategies implemented to control use In the alcohol and other drug sector, workers provide services for people who are dependent on and (at the extreme end) addicted to substances....
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  8. The Corporate Roots of the Opioid Crisis

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  10. Researchers link regular marijuana use to more sex.

    The first study to examine the relationship between marijuana use and frequency of sexual intercourse at the population level in the United States shows a positive correlation between the two. The jury’s still out on rock ’n’ roll. But the link between sex and at least one drug, marijuana, has been confirmed. A study by investigators at the Stanford University School of Medicine indicates that, despite concerns among physicians and scientists that frequent marijuana use may impair sexual...
  11. Oxytocin reduces cravings for methamphetamine.

    Many people have suggested that addiction hijacks the body's natural drives in the service of compulsive drug use. A new study now suggests that hijacking another natural system in the brain may help overcome drug addiction. Published in Biological Psychiatry, the study shows that administration of oxytocin -- a naturally occurring molecule well known for its role in social bonding and childbirth -- reduces drug-seeking behavior in methamphetamine-addicted rats. "There are virtually no...
  12. 'Ego-Dissolving' psychedelic drugs could assist with mental health.

    The altered state of consciousness and temporary lack of ego that results from using psychedelic drugs could help some mental health patients recover from their symptoms, according to academics at the University of Adelaide. Researchers in the University's Department of Philosophy have been studying the body of evidence around the use of psychedelic drugs such as LSD and magic mushrooms, and the impact they have on people's sense of "self." In a new article published online in Aeon...
  13. Magic enzymes in 'magic' mushrooms analyzed.

    Little fungi pack a punch: "Magic mushrooms" of the Psilocybe species produce psychoactive compounds that alter perception when ingested. Recently, the effects on the neuronal system caused by their ingredient psilocybin have attracted the interest of pharmacologists. German scientists have now identified four of the enzymes responsible for the biosynthesis of psilocybin. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, they describe the biosynthetic pathway and introduce a synthetic route that could form...
  14. Do we need to reform international drug treaties as more countries legalize cannabis?

    The future of international drug control treaties is in doubt because of recent treaty-violating decisions to legalize cannabis use in Canada, the United States and Uruguay. Professor Wayne Hall, whose 2014 review of 20 years of cannabis research made world headlines, thinks so. If decriminalization is the way of the future, Hall advocates a cautious approach to policy reform that would involve trialling and evaluating the effects of incrementally more liberal drug policies. His...
  15. Given the choice, zebra fish willingly dose themselves with opioids.

    As the opioid crisis escalates, the science behind addiction remains poorly understood. To address this need, researchers at University of Utah Health devised a system that allowed zebrafish, a small tropical fish, to self-administer doses of hydrocodone, an opioid commonly prescribed to people for pain. After one-week, the fish had increased their drug-seeking behavior, even when doing so required them to put themselves in risky conditions. Further, 48-hours after the last exposure,...
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