Category Drugs of Abuse

This is why I blog: from rock bottom to top tier

A dear commenter, formerly an addict and homeless, updates us on her quest to get into a PhD program and expresses gratitude to the 60 or so readers who gave her invaluable advice and counsel.

Dear Dad, With Love (repost)

This is a repost of my reflections on my father who passed away 13 years today. While quite personal, I posted it here last year because I felt that my experiences were quite universal, shared by the families of the ten or twenty million alcoholics in the US and the hundreds of millions worldwide. Moreover, I wanted to provide a face for my colleagues who work in the area of substance abuse and a reminder for my clinical colleagues of the people behind those they may dismiss as drunks and junkies. In becoming one my most most highly-read and highly-commented posts, I thought I would share it again this year, especially for the new readers who’ve come on board in the last twelve months.

Former date rape drug reincarnated as answer to unmet medical needs

Another public health benefit of studying drugs of abuse. You just never know where new drugs will come from.

What’s the buzz?: Synthetic marijuana, K2, Spice, JWH-018

A (currently) legal form of cannabimimetic compounds come under fire in America’s heartland.

NIDA researchers Hinds (Kentucky) and Torres (Pittsburgh) given Presidential Early Career Award

The Presidential Award for Early Career Scientists and Engineers was established in 1996 and is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers.

NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow answers some questions on the Monitoring the Future Survey

Sippin’ syrup, the ravages of meth, and mega-caffeinated beverages are on the docket for a live-chat-turned-e-mail exchange with the head of the US National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Update: Rocky Mountain High and the Serious Side of Colorado Medical Marijuana

An update with a more serious, clinical consideration than, “This is me and my mom’s little marijuana farm”

A. Thomas McLellan, Deputy Director of the US Office of National Drug Control Policy

With a son lost to drugs and another still in treatment: “If it has to happen, better it happens to me, I’m an expert, right?” Dr. McLellan said. “I didn’t know what to do and none of my buddies knew what to do, and let me tell you they were experts. So I said, ‘What the hell are we doing?’ ”

NIDA Launches Medical Curricular Resources on Substance Abuse and Dependence

“Physicians can be the first line of defense against substance abuse and addiction, but they need the resources and the training,” said NIDA Director Dr. Nora D. Volkow. “Our long term goal is for doctors to incorporate screening for drug use into routine practice like they currently screen for other diseases; to help patients that are abusing to stop; and to refer more serious cases to specialized treatment.”

Second confirmed poppy tea death in Boulder, Colorado

Legal but lethal.

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