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NIDA Notes Articles: Public Health

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United States Ranks First in Lifetime Use of Three Drugs

November 2009

Highlights the disproportionately high rate of Americans who have used cocaine at some time during their lives as compared with other nations surveyed.

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Tobacco Smokers Have High Probability of Transition to Dependence

April 2012

First-time smokers have a much higher chance of eventually becoming dependent than first-time users alcohol, cannabis, and cocaine.

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Teens With Unhealthy Weight-Control Behavior Are More Likely to Abuse Drugs

December 2009

Highlights data on unhealthy eating behaviors, such as fasting or purging, and substance abuse problems among teens.

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Teenage Marijuana Use Is on the Rise

March 2011

Reports 2010 rates of marijuana use among 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students, noting that daily use increased by more than 10 percent in all three grades since the 2009 survey. Also reports a rise in ecstasy use.

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Teen Substance Abuse Continues to Decline

March 2008

Reports on the prevalence of substance abuse among youth based on 2007 data from a national survey of behaviors, attitudes, and values.

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Substance Abuse Evaluated Among Women With Children

December 2010
Discusses rates of substance use or abuse among mothers with at-home children and the factors that may contribute to the abuse.

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Substance Abuse and Sexual Risk Show Town-Gown Divide

December 2009

Compares data on substance abuse and sexual risk among college students and their peers who do not attend college.

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Study Questions Role for Marijuana in Teen Users’ IQ Decline

August 2016

In a recent study, teens who used marijuana lost IQ points relative to their nonusing peers. However, the drug appeared not to be the culprit.

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Study Parses Comorbidity of Cannabis Use and Social Anxiety

October 2013

People with cannabis use disorder (CUD) are likely also to have social anxiety disorder (SAD), and comorbid SAD is associated with greater severity of cannabis-related problems. These findings highlight the importance of assessing CUD patients for SAD, as that disorder can be both a contributing cause and a consequence of CUD. Treating both disorders may be a key to helping patients recover from each.

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Study Links Medical Marijuana Dispensaries to Reduced Mortality From Opioid Overdose

May 2016

Legally protected marijuana dispensaries (LMDs) were associated with lower rates of dependence on prescription opioids, and deaths due to opioid overdose, than would have been expected based on prior trends. However, LMDs also were associated with higher rates of recreational marijuana use and increased potency of illegal marijuana.


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