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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28085637/co-occurrence-of-and-recovery-from-substance-abuse-and-lifespan-victimization-a-qualitative-study-of-female-residents-in-trauma-informed-sober-living-homes
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Katie M Edwards, Sharon Murphy, Kelly M Palmer, Ellen E Haynes, Sara Chapo, Britta A Ekdahl, Sara Buel
Despite the co-occurrence of substance use disorders (SUDs) and domestic and/or sexual violence (DSV) in the lives of women, there remains a dearth of research on how and why these phenomena intersect as well as the role that trauma-informed sober living homes (SLHs) may play in promoting recovery. Following a detailed description of a unique trauma-informed SLH (Support, Education, Empowerment, and Directions [SEEDs]), we present findings from a qualitative study that documented the perceptions and lived experiences of 28 female current or former residents of a trauma-informed SLH; all women had histories of SUDs and DSV...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010181/-someone-else-s-problem-new-psychoactive-substances-in-the-online-hungarian-media
#2
Szilvia Kassai, József Rácz, Alexandra Nagy, Tamás Bíbók, Éva Galambvári, Csillag Kilián, V Anna Gyarmathy
Media monitoring is an important method to inform public health and prevention services about emerging health issues, such as new psychoactive substances (NPS). This study assessed the portrayal of NPS in online Hungarian media in 2015 using qualitative content analysis. Hungarian online media considers the dealer to be the main cause of drug use, which is portrayed as a problem for youth, poor people, minorities, and rural populations. The point of view of the articles is externalized, and so is the solution offered by them...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28001962/benzodiazepine-dependence-among-young-adult-participants-in-the-club-scene-who-use-drugs
#3
Steven P Kurtz, Mance E Buttram, Hilary L Surratt
Young adults ages 18-29 report the highest rates of benzodiazepine (BZD) misuse in the United States. The majority of club drug users are also in this age group, and BZD misuse is prevalent among participants in club scenes. This article examines BZD dependence and its correlates among young adult participants in the electronic dance music (EDM) culture in Miami, Florida, who use drugs. Structured interviews were with men and women (N = 356) ages 18 to 29 who reported regular attendance at EDM venues and recent use of both club drugs and BZDs...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28001910/substance-use-health-and-functioning-characteristics-of-medical-marijuana-program-participants-compared-to-the-general-adult-population-in-ontario-canada
#4
Benedikt Fischer, Anca R Ialomiteanu, Samantha Aeby, Katherine Rudzinski, Paul Kurdyak, Jürgen Rehm
Existent profiles of Medical Marijuana Program (MMP) participants indicate common and co-morbid chronic diseases, yet evidence on disability or functioning as well as comparisons with general populations are largely lacking. This study compared health, substance use, and functioning status among formally approved MMP participants with the general adult population in Ontario (Canada). A community-recruited sample (n = 53) of MMP participants was compared to a sub-sample (n = 510) of the representative Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Monitor (2015 cycle) survey of Ontario general population adults (ages 18+) based on identical telephone-based interviews regarding substance use, health, and functioning measures...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997280/betel-nut-chewing-in-iron-age-vietnam-detection-of-areca-catechu-alkaloids-in-dental-enamel
#5
Simone Krais, Miriam Klima, Laura M Huppertz, Volker Auwärter, Markus J Altenburger, Merja A Neukamm
The betel quid is one of the most commonly consumed psychoactive substances in the world. By archaeological evidence like the occurrence of areca nuts in archaeological sites, the typical overall reddish-brown staining on prehistoric human teeth or specific artifacts linked with the habit, it is assumed that this tradition reaches back to prehistoric times. Since this kind of evidence is indirect, it is frequently doubted. The present study provides the earliest direct analytical indication of betel nut chewing in human history...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27938305/choosing-to-live-or-die-online-narratives-of-recovering-from-methamphetamine-abuse
#6
Christopher O Obong'o, Adam C Alexander, Prachi P Chavan, Patrick J Dillon, Satish K Kedia
The goal of this study is to explore motivating factors for recovering from methamphetamine abuse. The source of data was 202 anonymous letters and stories submitted to an online support platform for methamphetamine users. Qualitative data were analyzed in Dedoose software using grounded theory methodology. Ten primary motivating factors for recovering from methamphetamine abuse were identified and mapped onto four constructs from the Health Belief Model: (1) perceived susceptibility (learning from others and learning from self); (2) perceived severity (fear of death and declining health); (3) perceived benefits (reconnecting with family, reconnecting with society, and recovering self-esteem); and (4) cues to action (hitting rock bottom, finding God, and becoming pregnant)...
December 12, 2016: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27937534/patterns-of-hiv-risks-and-related-factors-among-people-who-inject-drugs-in-kermanshah-iran-a-latent-class-analysis
#7
Hamid Sharifi, Ali Mirzazadeh, Alireza Noroozi, Brandon D L Marshall, Ali Farhoudian, Peter Higgs, Meroe Vameghi, Farahnaz Mohhamadi Shahboulaghi, Mostafa Qorbani, Omid Massah, Bahram Armoon, Mehdi Noroozi
The objective of this study was to explore patterns of drug use and sexual risk behaviors among people who inject drugs (PWID) in Iran. We surveyed 500 PWID in Kermanshah concerning demographic characteristics, sexual risk behaviors, and drug-related risk behaviors in the month prior to study. We used latent class analysis (LCA) to establish a baseline model of risk profiles and to identify the optimal number of latent classes, and we used ordinal regression to identify factors associated with class membership...
December 12, 2016: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918880/racial-differences-in-hiv-and-hcv-risk-behaviors-transmission-and-prevention-knowledge-among-non-treatment-seeking-individuals-with-opioid-use-disorder
#8
Verena E Metz, Maria A Sullivan, Jermaine D Jones, Elizabeth Evans, Rachel Luba, Jonathan Vogelman, Sandra D Comer
In light of New York's recently reinforced strategy to end the AIDS epidemic by expanding testing, treatment, and access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), we assessed drug use and sexual risk behaviors, along with HIV/Hepatitis C virus (HCV) transmission and prevention knowledge among non-treatment-seeking adults with opioid use disorder (OUD) in New York City. Over the course of 18 months, volunteers screening for research studies in the Opioid Laboratory at the New York State Psychiatric Institute completed a locally developed self-assessment questionnaire...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918874/effects-of-the-natural-%C3%AE-carboline-alkaloid-harmine-a-main-constituent-of-ayahuasca-in-memory-and-in-the-hippocampus-a-systematic-literature-review-of-preclinical-studies
#9
Rafael G Dos Santos, Jaime E C Hallak
Harmine is a natural β-carboline alkaloid found in several botanical species, such as the Banisteriopsis caapi vine used in the preparation of the hallucinogenic beverage ayahuasca and the seeds of Syrian rue (Peganum harmala). Preclinical studies suggest that harmine may have neuroprotective and cognitive-enhancing effects, and retrospective/observational investigations of the mental health of long-term ayahuasca users suggest that prolonged use of this harmine-rich hallucinogen is associated with better neuropsychological functioning...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918873/loperamide-the-poor-man-s-methadone-brief-review
#10
Cornel N Stanciu, Samantha A Gnanasegaram
Loperamide is widely available as an inexpensive, over-the-counter remedy commonly used for management of diarrhea. Although an opioid, at therapeutic doses it acts primarily on the gastrointestinal tissues; however, larger than recommended amounts facilitate central nervous system (CNS) penetration. Such high doses of loperamide have recently gained popularity among users of opioids to manage withdrawal symptomatology and, less frequently, to achieve psychoactive effects. Chronic loperamide use can result in development of tolerance and, upon abrupt cessation of use, withdrawal...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918861/to-study-to-party-or-both-assessing-risk-factors-for-non-prescribed-stimulant-use-among-middle-and-high-school-students
#11
Kenneth S León, Daniel E Martínez
This study examines the risk factors predicting non-prescribed stimulant use (NPSU) among adolescents, with an emphasis on whether such factors are reflective of instrumental (e.g., studying) and/or recreational (e.g., partying) drug consumption settings. Using data from Monitoring the Future (2011), we employed a series of logistic regression models to establish predictors of 12-month self-reported Adderall or Ritalin use without a doctor's note among eighth and tenth graders. Whereas studies of college students have found NPSU to correlate with instrumental motives and productivity-related demands, we find no association between NPSU and indicators of academic strain for this younger sample...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27767408/a-case-of-acute-pericarditis-following-intravenous-injection-of-crushed-morphine-tablets
#12
Ryan J Anderson, Bryan Corbett, Binh T Ly
A 37-year-old male presented with sharp, severe chest pain following seven days of intravenous injection of crushed morphine tablets. The chest pain was positional and pleuritic in nature and resolved with leaning forward. Work-up was notable for an ECG with inferior and anterolateral PR depressions as well as a CT chest with diffuse centrilobular nodules. Per radiology, the CT findings along with the patient's history were concerning for pulmonary granulomatosis from deposition of talc or some other foreign body...
November 2016: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27767406/racial-and-ethnic-differences-in-substance-use-diagnoses-comorbid-psychiatric-disorders-and-treatment-initiation-among-hiv-positive-and-hiv-negative-women-in-an-integrated-health-plan
#13
Erik David Storholm, Michael J Silverberg, Derek D Satre
Access to substance use disorder (SUD) treatment is a critical issue for women with HIV. This study examined differences in SUD diagnoses, comorbid psychiatric diagnoses, and predictors of SUD treatment initiation among a diverse sample of HIV-positive women (n = 228) and a demographically similar cohort of HIV-negative women (n = 693). Diagnoses and service utilization data were obtained from electronic health records of members of a large integrated healthcare system in Northern California. HIV-positive women were less likely to initiate SUD treatment...
November 2016: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27749152/association-of-traffic-injuries-substance-use-disorders-and-ed-visit-outcomes-among-individuals-aged-50-years
#14
Namkee G Choi, Diana M DiNitto, C Nathan Marti, Bryan Y Choi
OBJECTIVES: Motor vehicle traffic (MVT) injury is the second most frequent type of injury among older emergency department (ED) patients. We examined the role of substance use disorders (SUD) in ED visit outcomes among older MVT injury patients either as drivers, passengers, or pedestrians. METHODS: Using the 2012 U.S. National Emergency Department Sample, we employed multinomial logistic regression to analyze the association of SUD with ED visit outcomes among 171,145 ED events by MVT injury patients aged 50+...
November 2016: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27719438/the-associations-of-naturalistic-classic-psychedelic-use-mystical-experience-and-creative-problem-solving
#15
Noah W Sweat, Larry W Bates, Peter S Hendricks
Developing methods for improving creativity is of broad interest. Classic psychedelics may enhance creativity; however, the underlying mechanisms of action are unknown. This study was designed to assess whether a relationship exists between naturalistic classic psychedelic use and heightened creative problem-solving ability and if so, whether this is mediated by lifetime mystical experience. Participants (N = 68) completed a survey battery assessing lifetime mystical experience and circumstances surrounding the most memorable experience...
November 2016: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27705533/personality-and-defense-styles-clinical-specificities-and-predictive-factors-of-alcohol-use-disorder-in-women
#16
Aurélien Ribadier, Géraldine Dorard, Isabelle Varescon
This study investigated personality traits and defense styles in order to determine clinical specificities and predictive factors of alcohol use disorders (AUDs) in women. A female sample, composed of AUD outpatients (n = 48) and a control group (n = 50), completed a sociodemographic self-report and questionnaires assessing personality traits (BFI), defense mechanisms and defense styles (DSQ-40). Comparative and correlational analyses, as well as univariate and multivariate logistic regressions, were performed...
November 2016: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27705089/drug-initiation-of-female-detainees-in-a-compulsory-drug-treatment-institution-in-china
#17
Liu Liu, Suh Chen Hsiao, Charles Kaplan
This study explored drug initiation among 46 Chinese women in a compulsory drug treatment institution. The study adopted a mixed method with a strong emphasis on qualitative techniques to capture the perspectives of women in long-term treatment regarding their drug initiation experiences. A complementary analysis of quantitative data was used to help interpret, refine, deepen, and extend qualitative findings. Participants were divided into two groups according to their main drug of choice: 27 used methamphetamines and 19 used heroin (11 of them used methamphetamines occasionally)...
November 2016: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27681583/patterns-of-use-acute-subjective-experiences-and-motivations-for-using-synthetic-cathinones-bath-salts-in-recreational-users
#18
Lisham Ashrafioun, Francis A Bonadio, Kyoung Deok Baik, Stacey L Bradbury, Victoria L Carhart, Nicole A Cross, Alan K Davis, Margaret Feuille, Anna R Harper, Jennifer H Lackey, Brent Lang, Kirstin J Lauritsen, Jaclyn Leith, Lawrence A Osborn, Harold Rosenberg, Jacob Stock, Mariya Zaturenskaya
Given the variety and potential toxicity of synthetic cathinones, clinicians and educators would benefit from information about patterns of and motivations for use, frequency of psychosocial consequences, and experience of acute subjective effects. We administered a comprehensive, web-based survey to 104 recreational users of synthetic cathinones. Sixty percent of respondents consumed synthetic cathinones once or more per month, usually snorting or swallowing these drugs, typically at home, usually with others, customarily during the evening and nighttime hours, and often in combination with another drug such as alcohol or marijuana...
November 2016: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27669103/do-you-get-what-you-paid-for-an-examination-of-products-advertised-as-kratom
#19
O Hayden Griffin, Jace A Daniels, Elizabeth A Gardner
Although some novel psychoactive substances (NPS) are newly discovered chemicals, others are traditional or indigenous substances that are introduced to new markets. One of these latter substances is a plant many people refer to as kratom. Indigenous to Southeast Asia and used for a variety of instrumental and recreational purposes, kratom has recently become available to Western drug users. Kratom is somewhat unique in that the plant contains two different psychoactive chemicals, which have both stimulant (mitragynine) and narcotic (7-hydroxymitragynine) properties...
November 2016: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27660913/the-presence-of-new-psychoactive-substances-in-a-tor-network-marketplace-environment
#20
Diana S Dolliver, Joseph B Kuhns
Prior research has documented the availability of drugs on many Tor Network websites, with the Internet playing a particularly vital role in the global new psychoactive substances (NPS) market. The primary objective of this research was to document types of NPS for sale on the largest operating Tor site (Agora) over a period of four months. Secondary objectives were to analyze countries and vendors sourcing NPS on Agora. Data from Agora were collected in February and June 2015. The number of total advertisements on Agora increased from 20,742 to 27,431 over the four months, while the number of NPS advertisements increased from 2,205 to 2,271 and the number of vendors increased from 157 to 288...
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