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By Jeneen Interlandi | NEWSWEEK
Scientists Identify Compound That May Block Cocaine Craving in Animal Study
Scientists at Johns Hopkins University have identified a compound that stopped mice addicted to cocaine from wanting the drug. The compound has been proven safe for humans and is undergoing further animal testing, in preparation for possible clinical trials for people addicted to cocaine.
New Psychiatric Manual Combines Alcohol Disorders
The newly released update to psychiatryâ€™s diagnostic manual combines problem drinking and alcoholism into a single condition known as â€œalcohol use disorder,â€� which some experts say could lead binge drinkers to be mislabeled as alcoholics.
More Americans Engage in Heavy Drinking, CDC Finds
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds an increase in the percentage of adults who had five or more drinks in one day at least once in the past year. The prevalence of adult smoking remained unchanged in most age groups, but declined among young adults.
Average Colorado Marijuana Smoker Will Pay $650 for the Drug Next Year
The average marijuana smoker in Colorado will pay about $650 for the drug next year, according to Time.com. The estimate is based on a study by researchers at Colorado State University, who wanted to determine how much the state will collect in marijuana-related tax revenue.
Survey Finds People in Recovery Experience Striking Improvements Over Time
The first nationwide survey of people in recovery from addiction to alcohol and drugs finds their lives steadily improve in areas from employment to family life to community involvement. The online survey, released by the advocacy group Faces & Voices of Recovery, attempts to measure and quantify the effects of recovery over time.