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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…

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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…

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Gambling Disorder, Alcoholism Feature Similar Impulsive Behaviors

Alcoholism and gambling disorder are well-defined examples of two recognized forms of addiction: substance addiction and non-substance-based behavioral addiction. Impulsive behavior is typically viewed as a core characteristic of both forms of addiction, although the specific types of impulsivity present may vary. In a study published in June 2014 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, a…