The latest evidence-based treatments for opioid addiction are often under-used, due to inadequate addiction education for doctors and nurses.
Most physicians are unaware of effective approaches to treat opioid addiction. Addiction medicine fellowships offer a new and effective way to save lives.
All in it together.
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New research on an addictions project for veterans shows success it is not about recovery in isolation, but about finding a sense of purpose in the community after military service.
Should we trust what they say?
Surveys can help researchers better understand the lives of teens, but skeptics argue that youth are often dishonest and that the results cannot be trusted.
President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan, to his left, celebrating the House passage of the AHCA on May 4.
The CBO analysis of the new health care bill not only shows that tens of millions would lose insurance. It is a major shift in this country's attitudes and policies toward helping the poor.
Childhood trauma can have an impact across generations.
We've known for years that childhood trauma can have lifelong effects on our health. It's time for medicine and public health to start addressing the problem head-on.
Neuroscience shows the brain’s reward centres are activated by certain packaging.
No wonder we're addicted to junk food. Neuroscience shows food packaging affects our enjoyment of these foods, and plays on the same brain processes as hard drug addiction.
Peter Lyndon-James turned his life around and went on to establish a private rehabilitation service in Perth.
Shalom House calls itself the 'strictest drug rehabilitation centre in the country' but evidence of its so-called success is anecdotal at best.
Inmates wait to enter an assigned cell block at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, California.
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Repealing a legal provision that excludes people in prison or jail from Medicaid could improve access to treatment, save state and local governments money and reduce recidivism.
Epigenetics may explain why children of mothers who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to use substances later in life.
Using activities that interest young men can encourage them to adopt healthy behaviour.
Conventional health interventions for men in poor communities who engage in risky behaviour are not effective. The solution may lie with soccer.
Since 2009 an increasing number of drugs have emerged that are designed to circumvent the law and are cheap to produce.
There is a potential for significant harm in Australia if we don't have adequate systems in place to monitor our drug markets and respond rapidly when specific dangers are detected.
The women were not supported through traumatic events.
I conducted interviews with 26 young women in alcohol and drug treatment services in Victoria. More than half of them disclosed a history of sexual abuse and 20 spoke about cutting themselves.
Young men with problem drug-use have high rates of mental health problems and backgrounds of contact with child protection.
Awareness of social factors, such as society's perpetuation of masculinity, are critical to understanding the interconnections between trauma, disadvantage and substance abuse in young men.
Using medicines to stay awake?
College students who take stimulants such as Adderall to get an academic edge might be setting themselves up unknowingly to a vicious cycle of substance abuse and addiction.
The number of child street hawkers is on the rise in Nigeria.
Children who hawk goods on their heads on Nigeria's streets face an array of health hazards and physical dangers. The government must take steps to reduce this practice.
New research aims to bring hope to the often forgotten or stigmatised friends and relatives of those who die from drug or alcohol use.
Young people in custody or serving community-based orders suffer from depression, substance abuse and dependence at significantly…
A report has found 34% of young people serving a community-based order and 66% in custody have a substance abuse problem.
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Improving health services in the juvenile justice system and the community could reduce the risk of youth offenders repeating…
Marriages where only one spouse drinks heavily are more likely to end in divorce compared to couples who drink together or…
People who were abused as children are more likely to suffer mental health and substance abuse disorders.
There is great support within the community for the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse. Many people have high hopes it will right the wrongs of the past and help us, as a nation, to eliminate future…