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Chronic Pot Smokers Have Different Brains

It remains unclear if marijuana causes the difference

(Newser) - A new study out of the University of Texas' Center for BrainHealth and the Mind Research Network is showing brain differences in regular pot users—differences that have already been reported in lab mice. The study, published in PNAS , found that 48 "chronic" users who smoked at least four... More »

Report: Hitler Was on Crystal Meth

Nazi leader took 74 drugs in all, says US dossier

(Newser) - Adolf Hitler apparently relied on a stunning array of drugs while ruling Nazi Germany, including one made popular by the show Breaking Bad: crystal meth. According to a 47-page US military dossier, a physician filled the Fuhrer with barbiturate tranquilizers, morphine, bulls' semen, a pill that contained crystal meth, and... More »

In Rural Pennsylvania, Heroin Is Cheaper Than Beer

It's easier to get hold of, too, report warns

(Newser) - Heroin addiction isn't just an urban problem in Pennsylvania, where a small packet of the drug is cheaper and easier for young people in rural areas to obtain than a six-pack of beer, a new report warns. The Center for Rural Pennsylvania's report found that an "epidemic"... More »

Inside Robin Williams' Addiction Battle

He fought alcohol, drugs, depression for years

(Newser) - Robin Williams often joked about his addiction to cocaine and alcohol—a lifelong struggle that saw him visit a treatment facility just weeks before his suspected suicide yesterday, according to the Hollywood Reporter . Williams, 63, talked openly about 30 years of addiction to drugs and alcohol that began in the... More »

Hollywood Mourns Williams

63-year-old actor died yesterday morning of an apparent suicide

(Newser) - Hollywood was quick to react to the news of Robin Williams' death , with Danny DeVito tweeting only the word "heartbroken," and John Krasinski calling Williams "the kindest hearted man," according to the Hollywood Reporter . Pink, who says she only met him once, described it as "... More »

Hoffman Left His Kids Out of Will

Longtime girlfriend trusted to keep them from being 'trust fund' kids

(Newser) - Philip Seymour Hoffman left behind a $35 million estate, but not a penny to his three children. The late actor apparently worried that Cooper, 10, Tallulah, 7, and Willa, 5, would be "trust fund" kids, the New York Post reports. Hoffman also stipulated in his will—written before his... More »

To Combat Heroin Epidemic, Judges Use Other Needles

Use of Vivitrol is on the rise

(Newser) - With heroin use on the rise , more judges and corrections officials are turning to another injectable to fight the drug: They're offering Vivitrol, an opiate blocker, to heroin users they encounter. The drug uses naltrexone, which is also used to combat alcoholism , to block heroin's effects on the... More »

Our Growing Medical Problem: Addicted Doctors

Daily Beast writer says it's becoming a public-health concern

(Newser) - Cases like that of David Kwiatkowski, a lab technician who infected dozens of patients with hepatitis C because he first injected himself with their drugs, are a sign of a big problem in the world of health care, writes Kent Sepkowitz in the Daily Beast . That would be drug-addicted doctors,... More »

How to Save Heroin Addicts

Experts weigh in on changes that should be made to treatment

(Newser) - Could Philip Seymour Hoffman have been saved? That's what two columns are arguing today:
  • On CNN , drug experts Ethan Nadelmann and Tony Newman outline a 7-step plan to stop overdoses—105 people in the US die each day from heroin or pharmaceutical opioid ODs. The first step: Make treatment
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Lady Gaga: I'm Addicted to Pot

Says she used it to get through stresses of fame, injury

(Newser) - Lady Gaga is (or was) addicted to marijuana, she revealed in a radio interview recently, People reports. "It's ultimately related to anxiety coping and it's a form of self-medication," Gaga told Elvis Duran and the Z100 Morning Show . "I was smoking up to 15 to... More »

Zac Efron's Secret Rehab Stint Was for Cocaine?

Original report said his problem was alcohol

(Newser) - It appears Zac Efron went through rehab for drug abuse and managed to keep it under the radar. It reportedly wasn’t alcohol Efron was in for, but a cocaine addiction. Newsy reports: More »

End the Drug War; Make Next Drug Czar a Doctor

David Sheff thinks Obama's not doing enough to end a counterproductive policy

(Newser) - Just once in his life, at 19, David Sheff carried a trunk-load of marijuana from Berkeley to San Diego. On his way home, his trunk now empty, police pulled him over and searched his car. Ever since he's looked back "with abject horror at how much my life... More »

Cocaine May 'Teach' Addiction to Brain—Fast

Scientists see changes to mouse brains after 2 hours

(Newser) - Just one dose of cocaine may physically change the brain as the body begins "learning addiction," scientists say. They investigated the effect of the drug on mice, and noted that within two hours of being injected with the drug, brain changes were visible, the BBC reports. After two... More »

Bath Salts: More Addictive Than Meth

Study finds it is for rats, anyway

(Newser) - "Bath salts" may have become the punchline to many bizarre crimes in recent years, but the drug is no joke: a new study has found it may be more addictive than meth. In experiments with rats, the test subjects worked much harder to get doses of methylenedioxypyrovalerone —or... More »

Scientists Test Meth Addiction 'Cure'

Early results are promising at UCLA

(Newser) - Scientists are testing a drug that may 'cure' meth addiction, and early results are good. Ibudilast is used in Japan and Korea to treat asthma sufferers and stroke victims, but US scientists believe it may also block methamphetamine cravings in the brain, reports the Huffington Post . "Very preliminary... More »

Whitney's Mom Tells of 'Beyond Disturbing' Visit

Cissy Houston reams Bobby Brown in new memoir

(Newser) - Cissy Houston has a few words, and a few more, for Bobby Brown. In Remembering Whitney, out today, the mother of the late Whitney Houston writes that from the start she had doubted whether Brown was right for her daughter. And she thinks that Whitney might not have ended up... More »

Newborns Addicted to Pain Pills Up 300%

Hospitals trying to invent treatment programs

(Newser) - Heartbreaking medical news: Cases of babies born addicted to pain pills are up more than 300% over the past decade, forcing doctors and nurses to invent treatments on the fly, the Wall Street Journal reports. Crying non-stop, vomiting, jerking their limbs, these newborns are the result of America's addiction... More »

Quitting Pot Can Cause Withdrawal, Too

Study rejects notion drug isn't addictive

(Newser) - Heard that pot isn't addictive? Not so, says a new study: Quitting can lead to withdrawal symptoms "very similar to what people experience with tobacco," says one of the study's authors. "It makes you irritable. It makes you restless. It makes it hard to sleep.... More »

Pills for Addicts? 12-Step Centers Don't Buy It

But drug treatment centers show little interest

(Newser) - Decades of 12-step programs have set the standard for addiction treatment, but now doctors and scientists are trying to give drug and alcohol addicts another option: medication. With some federal support, these experts are adding to drugs already in use—like methadone for heroin addiction—by telling doctors about medications... More »

Tetra Pak Heir Arrested After Wife's Death

Hans Kristian Rausing had first been busted on drug charges

(Newser) - The body of Eva Rausing, one of the richest women in Britain, was found in her London home Monday, and her husband Hans Kristian Rausing, heir to the Tetra Pak packaging firm fortune, has been arrested in connection with the death. Authorities said that a 49-year-old man was busted on... More »

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