Tag: addiction research

  • Michael Jackson’s death – A sign of prescription abuse trouble

    Rumors are floating around regarding Michael Jackson’s use of prescription sedatives and its possible role in his death. Propofol (or Diprivan) is a non-barbiturate sedative used for anesthesia induction in surgeries. The fact that Michael had this drug at all is perplexing as its use is carefully monitored and highly dangerous. Along with his Diprivan […]

  • Addiction brain effects : Opiate addiction – Heroin, oxycontin and more

    Okay, we’ve talked about crystal meth and cocaine and how they affect the brain during drug use. As I mentioned, both cocaine and meth interfere with the way the brain stores and cleans up important neurotransmitters, including, most importantly, Dopamine and Norepinephrine. The class of drugs known as opiates, which includes morphine, heroin, codeine, and […]

  • More CPDD Addiction research: Addiction, exercise, recovery!

    Okay, this is probably the last addiction research update I will give focusing on the Reno conference. The rest of the stuff I learned will be incorporated into future posts. I’ve written before about the relationship between exercise and recovery (see here) and I will surely write more since for me, it was a big […]

  • The brain addiction connection : Crystal meth, and our friend dopamine

    We’ve talked about the general way in which neurons in the brain communicate with one another and then reviewed the ways in which cocaine messes some of the basic processes that the brain depends on. It’s time to move on to another drug, and since the brain-addiction connection is similar for meth and cocaine, it […]

  • More drug addiction research from CPDD: Teenage smoking, childhood trauma, and marijuana withdrawal

    Today, I’ll give a short summary of a few interesting talks I saw at the conference: Teenage smoking – Children of mothers who used drugs during pregnancy had abnormal stress hormone levels. When assessed over time, their abnormal stress response was associated with an earlier onset (age of first use) of cigarettes smoking and an […]

  • Latest drug addiction research from CPDD: Drug use patterns among adults

    I’m currently attending the annual meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) in Reno, NV. Since there’s so much drug addiction research being presented here, I figured I would post a daily update with some of the things I found most interesting. There’s absolutely no way for me to see all the […]

  • About addiction: Cancer, religion, inhalants, and opiates.

    Here is this week’s crop. Once again, I tried to find posts about addiction from all different angles, check out the post by clicking the title and you’ll get some extra related posts from our site! PhysOrg – Acetaldehyde in alcohol – Cancer in a bottle GentlePath – Recovery for atheists From the White House […]