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Results from world’s first MDMA alcohol use disorder trial

Results from world’s first MDMA alcohol use disorder trial

The world’s first trial investigating the role of MDMA therapy for the treatment of alcohol use disorder has shown positive results. Awakn Life Sciences' Bristol...
Can cannabis provide an alternative to opioid painkillers in the UK?

Can cannabis provide an alternative to opioid painkillers in the UK?

The past few years have seen a rise in the use of opioids as pain killers, but these medicines are highly addictive. Medical cannabis...
New study shows escalation in UK opioid use over the last decade

New study shows escalation in UK opioid use over the last decade

A new study of two million opioid users has shown that prescriptions for the addictive drug codeine jumped by a factor of five between...
UK government responds to ACMD report on the misuse of fentanyl

UK government responds to ACMD report on the misuse of fentanyl

The UK government has responded to the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) report on the misuse of fentanyl to confirm it...
Addiction, education, and the future of cannabis policy in the US

Addiction, education, and the future of cannabis policy

Cannabis specialist Dr Peter Grinspoon explores education and policy in US addiction treatment. Dr Peter Grinspoon is a primary care physician, an instructor at Harvard...
Opioid addiction warnings to be strengthened in UK

Opioid addiction warnings to be strengthened in UK

Regulators in the UK are strengthening opioid addiction and dependence warnings on patient information labels and leaflets. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)...
Infection control: ensuring addiction centres are safe during COVID-19

Infection control: ensuring addiction centres are safe during COVID-19

The UK Addiction Treatment Group has been implementing strict infection control measures to ensure people needing to use its rehabilitation centres can receive the...
Could ibogaine offer a revolutionary long-term solution to addiction?

Could ibogaine offer a revolutionary long-term solution to addiction?

Derived from the iboga plant, ibogaine is a psychoactive compound that could have huge potential as a long-term solution to addiction. ATAI Life Sciences...
Global Drug Survey shows COVID-19 surge in UK alcohol intake

Global Drug Survey shows COVID-19 surge in UK alcohol intake

A new, interim report from the Global Drug Survey has shown that more than half of British respondents have increased the number of days...
COVID-19 lockdown could lead to a surge of addiction relapses

COVID-19 lockdown could lead to a surge of addiction relapses

Experts warn that the COVID-19 lockdown could lead to a surge of alcohol and drug addiction relapses. The UK’s leading addiction treatment provider has warned...
How medical cannabis can help fight against the US opioid crisis

How medical cannabis can help fight against the US opioid crisis

Abuse of opioids is a real crisis and the US Government have worked hard to solve this issue, but it has endured over the...
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Two weeks to go until the National Day of Unplugging

The annual call for a 24-Hour digital detox enters 11th year, with this year’s event prioritising offline over online engagement The National Day of Unplugging...
Daily cannabis users with chronic pain less likely to use opioids

Daily cannabis users with chronic pain less likely to use opioids

Recent research has highlighted how daily cannabis users are less likely to use opioids to manage their chronic pain. Researchers from the BCCSU and University...
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Opioid Pandemic: more people knowingly use fentanyl

New research out of the University of British Columbia reveals that the use of the synthetic opioid, fentanyl, has doubled since 2015 Fentanyl is a...
Why MDMA must be reclassified as a Schedule 2 drug

Why MDMA must be reclassified as a Schedule 2 drug

Amanda Feilding of the Beckley Foundation discusses the organisations new report ‘Roadmaps to Regulation: MDMA’ which recommends rescheduling MDMA to a Schedule 2 drug. MDMA...
Long-term use of opioids could increase risk of PTSD

Long-term use of opioids could increase risk of PTSD

Links have been drawn between long-term opioid use and increased risk of PTSD. According to a study published in Neuropsychopharmacology, long-term treatment with opioids could...
Binding mechanism of opioid receptor uncovered in new study

Binding mechanism of opioid receptor uncovered in new study

Researchers have uncovered the binding mechanism of an important pain receptor. The researchers have revealed the activation of the opioid receptor, which can be found...
Cannabis lowers odds of illicit opioid use in chronic pain patients

Cannabis lowers odds of illicit opioid use in chronic pain patients

Canada and America are currently experiencing an opioid crisis – with two million people suffering with an opioid disorder and more than 130 opioid...
People using opioids for long-term pain urged to join study to improve care

People using opioids for long-term pain urged to join study to improve care

Researchers have launched an innovative study to improve care for patients who manage long-term pain using opioids. The study at Keele University forms part of...
Did you know 90 days is all it takes to be addicted to prescription opioids?

Did you know 90 days is all it takes to be addicted to prescription...

Today’s PHE review into prescribed medicines has revealed that patients can become dependent and addicted to prescription opioids and it only takes 90 days. Public...

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