Injection Drug Users Who Also Abuse Stimulants at High Suicide Risk

People who inject drugs have a particularly high risk of suicide when they also use stimulants such as cocaine and amphetamines, a team of Canadian researchers says. Injection drug users have relatively strong chances of developing diagnosable problems with substance abuse/addiction. They also have elevated chances of making suicide attempts and actually committing suicide. In…

Small DNA Variations Play Big Role in Risk for Substance Problems

Researchers have conclusively determined that much of any given person’s chances of developing problems with substance abuse or substance addiction are genetically based. However, no one fully understands all of the genetic factors that increase or decrease the odds of experiencing these problems. In a study published in late 2014 in the journal Addiction, a…

Doctors Increasing Use of Buprenorphine in Addiction Treatment

The use of buprenorphine to treat opioid dependence has increased dramatically in the last 10 years, particularly among general physicians, indicating a clear shift in opioid maintenance therapy in the United States, a new study finds. Buprenorphine is a modern opioid medication designed to, among other things, help people affected by opioid addiction break a…