Columbia University neuroscientist​ gives new perspective on drug abuse and addiction

“I grew up in the hood in Miami in a poor neighborhood. I came from a community in which drug use was prevalent. I kept a gun in my car. I engaged in petty crime. I used and sold drugs. But I stand before you today also — emphasis on also — a professor atContinue reading “Columbia University neuroscientist​ gives new perspective on drug abuse and addiction”

The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think

by Johann Hari Author of ‘Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs’ It is now one hundred years since drugs were first banned — and all through this long century of waging war on drugs, we have been told a story about addiction by our teachers and by ourContinue reading “The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think”

Richard A. Friedman: Why can’t doctors identify killers?

MASS killers like Elliot Rodger teach society all the wrong lessons about the connection between violence, mental illness and guns — and what we should do about it. One of the biggest misconceptions, pushed by our commentators and politicians, is that we can prevent these tragedies if we improve our mental health care system. ItContinue reading “Richard A. Friedman: Why can’t doctors identify killers?”

End The War On Drugs, Say Nobel Prize-Winning Economists

The decades-long global war on drugs has failed and it’s time to shift the focus from mass incarceration to public health and human rights, according to a new report endorsed by five Nobel Prize-winning economists. The report, titled “Ending the Drug Wars” and put together by the London School of Economics’ IDEAS center, looks atContinue reading “End The War On Drugs, Say Nobel Prize-Winning Economists”

First cases of flesh-eating drug Krokodil surface in US

A man prepares heroin in Zhukovsky, Russia, near Moscow. To produce krokodil, which has a comparable effect to heroin but is much cheaper to make, users mix codeine with gasoline, paint thinner, iodine, hydrochloric acid and red phosphorous. Krokodil, a flesh-eating drug which first surfaced in Russia more than a decade ago, has reportedly beenContinue reading “First cases of flesh-eating drug Krokodil surface in US”

Cocaine Vaccine Passes Key Testing Hurdle of Preventing Drug from Reaching the Brain – Human Clinical Trials soon

Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College have successfully tested their novel anti-cocaine vaccine in primates, bringing them closer to launching human clinical trials. Their study, published online by the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, used a radiological technique to demonstrate that the anti-cocaine vaccine prevented the drug from reaching the brain and producing a dopamine-induced high. “The vaccineContinue reading “Cocaine Vaccine Passes Key Testing Hurdle of Preventing Drug from Reaching the Brain – Human Clinical Trials soon”

Largest psychiatric genetic study in history shows a common genetic basis that underlies 5 types of mental disorders

Structure of the CACNA1C gene product, a calcium channel named Cav1.2, which is one of 4 genes that has now been found to be genetically held in common amongst schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, major depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disoder. Groundbreaking work on the role of this protein on anxiety and other forms of behaviorContinue reading “Largest psychiatric genetic study in history shows a common genetic basis that underlies 5 types of mental disorders”

Smoking Smothers Your Genes

Cigarettes leave you with more than a smoky scent on your clothes and fingernails. A new study has found strong evidence that tobacco use can chemically modify and affect the activity of genes known to increase the risk of developing cancer. The finding may give researchers a new tool to assess cancer risk among peopleContinue reading “Smoking Smothers Your Genes”