PRESCRIBING DRUGS: FIRST DO NO HARM

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In the second part of our cover story, Dr James Davies shares his controversial but factual presentation at the parliamentary event chaired by shadow health secretary Andy Burnham. Print-friendly version: Download AddictionToday144-Prescription drugs-addiction,poisoning Parts 1 […]

THE LATEST DEFINITION OF ADDICTION

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The American Society of Addiction Medicine has released a new definition of addiction, highlighting that it is a chronic brain disorder and not simply a behavioural problem involving too much alcohol, drugs, gambling or sex. […]

COCAINE HARMS: THE FACTS

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A brief over of the medical damage caused by cocaine; more to be added - please feel free to add your own research. Just click on the links below for information.   Cocaine damage to brain […]

“DRUG-RELATED DEATHS”: DEFINITION

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Further to the debate on what does or does not count as a "drug-related death", Peter O'Loughlin gives the authoritative definition, as below. In 2000, the advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) published […]

“ADDICTION IS A DISEASE”

“Drug [including alcohol] addictions are medical diseases which deserve parity in national healthcare programmes…” states scientist and professor Carlton Erickson, as he reveals the neurobiological research. Although this article was first printed in Addiction Today […]

CANNABIS AND SCHIZOPHRENIA: THE LINKS

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1972: Study of US servicemen finds widespread cannabis smoking contributed to a five-fold increase in schizophrenia between 1968-1971. 1974: Researchers find cannabis could trigger latent schizophrenia, intensify symptoms and cause the condition even where it […]

TEENAGE DRINKING CORRODES MEMORY

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Binge drinking as a teenager could damage memory for years, says researcher Dr Thomas Heffernan, A Northumbria University psychologist, at the British Psychological Society ‘s annual conference in Dublin. This is critical, given that children […]

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