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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810160/differences-in-prevalence-socio-behavioral-correlates-and-psychosocial-distress-between-club-drug-and-hard-drug-use-in-taiwan-results-from-the-2014-national-survey-of-substance-use
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Wei J Chen, Shang-Chi Wu, Wen-Ing Tsay, Yen-Tyng Chen, Po-Chang Hsiao, Ya-Hui Yu, Te-Tien Ting, Chuan-Yu Chen, Yu-Kang Tu, Jiun-Hau Huang, Hao-Jan Yang, Chung-Yi Li, Carol Strong, Cheng-Fang Yen, Chia-Feng Yen, Jui Hsu
BACKGROUND: This study examined variation between users of 'club' and 'hard' drugs in Taiwan in terms of prevalence of use and demographics and psychosocial characteristics. METHODS: Data were derived from a survey of 17,837 Taiwanese civilians, aged 12-64 years, using stratified, multi-stage, random sampling. Participants completed a computer-assisted self-interview on tablet computers which covered use of legal substances, sedatives/hypnotics and prescription analgesics; use of illicit drugs/inhalants, risky sexual experiences; expectations of drugs; and psychological distress...
August 12, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809667/nonlinear-dynamic-complexity-and-sources-of-resting-state-eeg-in-abstinent-heroin-addicts
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Qinglin Zhao, Hua Jiang, Bin Hu, Yonghui Li, Ning Zhong, Mi Li, Wenhua Lin, Quanying Liu
It has been reported that chronic heroin intake induces both structural and functional changes in human brain; however, few studies have investigated the carry-over adverse effects on brain after heroin withdrawal. In this paper, we examined the neurophysiological differences between the abstinent heroin addicts (AHAs) and healthy controls (HCs) using nonlinear dynamic analysis and source localization analysis in resting-state electroencephalogram (EEG) data; 5 min resting EEG data from 20 AHAs and twenty age-, education-, and gender-matched HCs were recorded using 64 electrodes...
July 2017: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807672/pharmacological-characterization-of-novel-synthetic-opioids-nso-found-in-the-recreational-drug-marketplace
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Michael H Baumann, Susruta Majumdar, Valerie Le Rouzic, Amanda Hunkele, Rajendra Uprety, Xi Ping Huang, Jin Xu, Bryan L Roth, Ying-Xian Pan, Gavril W Pasternak
Novel synthetic opioids (NSO) are increasingly encountered in illicit heroin and counterfeit pain pills. Many NSO are resurrected from older biomedical literature or patent applications, so limited information is available about their biological effects. Here we examined the pharmacology of three structurally-distinct NSO found in the recreational drug market: N-(1-(2-phenylethyl)-4-piperidinyl)-N-phenylbutyramide (butyrylfentanyl), 3,4-dichloro-N-[(1R,2R)-2-(dimethylamino)cyclohexyl]-N-methylbenzamide (U-47700) and 1-cyclohexyl-4-(1,2-diphenylethyl)piperazine (MT-45)...
August 11, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807162/chinese-herbal-medicine-for-the-treatment-of-drug-addiction
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Weili Zhu, Yinan Zhang, Yingjie Huang, Lin Lu
This chapter summarizes recent developments in preclinical and clinical research on Chinese herbal medicines and their neurochemical mechanism of action for the treatment of drug addiction. We searched Chinese and English scientific literature and selected several kinds of Chinese herbal medicines that have beneficial effects on drug addiction. Ginseng (Renshen) may be clinically useful for the prevention of opioid abuse and dependence. Rhizoma Corydalis (Yanhusuo) may be used to prevent relapse to chronic drug dependence...
2017: International Review of Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801372/multi-variant-genetic-panel-for-genetic-risk-of-opioid-addiction
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Keri Donaldson, Laurence Demers, Kirk Taylor, Joe Lopez, Sherman Chang
Over 116 million people worldwide have chronic pain and prescription dependence. In the US, opioids account for the majority of overdose deaths, and in 2014, almost 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription opioids. Genetic factors may play a key role in opioid prescription addiction. Herein, we describe genetic variations between opioid addicted and non-addicted populations and derive a predictive model determining risk of opioid addiction. This case cohort study compares the frequency of 16 single nucleotide polymorphisms involved in the brain reward pathways in patients with and without opioid addiction...
August 2017: Annals of Clinical and Laboratory Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800503/intravenous-heroin-use-in-haiphong-vietnam-need-for-comprehensive-care-including-methamphetamine-use-related-interventions
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Laurent Michel, Don C Des Jarlais, Huong Duong Thi, Oanh Khuat Thi Hai, Khuê Pham Minh, Marianne Peries, Roselyne Vallo, Thanh Nham Thi Tuyet, Giang Hoang Thi, Mai Le Sao, Jonathan Feelemyer, Vinh Vu Hai, Jean-Pierre Moles, Didier Laureillard, Nicolas Nagot
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to describe patterns among people who inject drugs (PWID), risk-related behaviours and access to methadone treatment, in order to design a large-scale intervention aiming to end the HIV epidemic in Haiphong, Vietnam. METHODS: A respondent-driven sampling (RDS) survey was first conducted to identify profiles of drug use and HIV risk-related behaviour among PWID. A sample of PWID was then included in a one-year cohort study to describe access to methadone treatment and associated factors...
August 2, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799996/tobacco-illicit-drugs-use-and-risk-of-cardiovascular-disease-in-patients-living-with-hiv
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Sergio Raposeiras-Roubín, Emad Abu-Assi, Andrés Iñiguez-Romo
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: There is a strong link between HIV, smoking and illicit drugs. This association could be clinically relevant as it may potentiate the risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVD). The purpose of this review is to bring readers up-to-date on issues concerning the cardiovascular risk associated with tobacco and illicit drugs in patients living with HIV (PLHIV), examinating the studies related to this topic published in the last year. RECENT FINDINGS: There is a strong association between smoking and atherosclerotic disease in PLHIV, reducing life expectancy secondary to CVD by up to 6 years...
August 10, 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799847/the-willingness-of-people-who-inject-drugs-in-boston-to-use-a-supervised-injection-facility
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Casey León, Lena Cardoso, Sarah Mackin, Barry Bock, Jessie M Gaeta
BACKGROUND: In Massachusetts, the number of opioid-related deaths has increased 350% since 2000. In the setting of increasing overdose deaths, one potential intervention is Supervised Injection Facilities (SIFs). This study explores willingness of people who inject drugs in Boston to use a SIF and examines factors associated with willingness. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey of a convenience sample of 237 people who inject drugs and utilize Boston's needle exchange program (NEP)...
August 11, 2017: Substance Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797652/geographic-variation-in-opioid-and-heroin-involved-drug-poisoning-mortality-rates
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Christopher J Ruhm
INTRODUCTION: An important barrier to formulating effective policies to address the rapid rise in U.S. fatal overdoses is that the specific drugs involved are frequently not identified on death certificates. This analysis supplies improved estimates of state opioid and heroin involved drug fatality rates in 2014, and changes from 2008 to 2014. METHODS: Reported mortality rates were calculated directly from death certificates and compared to corrected rates that imputed drug involvement when no drug was specified...
August 1, 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795205/changes-in-support-for-bans-of-illicit-drugs-tobacco-and-alcohol-among-adolescents-and-young-adults-in-europe-2008-2014
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Raffaele Palladino, Thomas Hone, Filippos T Filippidis
OBJECTIVES: This study assessed the support for bans for tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs in adolescents and young adults across the European Union (EU). METHODS: Data were analysed for the years 2008, 2011, and 2014 for 27 EU member states. 37,253 individuals aged 15-24 years were interviewed ascertaining their support for banning tobacco, alcohol, cannabis, cocaine, heroin, and ecstasy. Changes over time were assessed using multilevel logistic regression. RESULTS: Support for banning heroin, ecstasy, and cocaine was constantly greater than 90%, although support fell over time...
August 9, 2017: International Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792293/the-opioid-epidemic-challenges-of-sustained-remission
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Nitin Chopra, Lauren H Marasa
Opioid use disorder is a growing epidemic, with an alarming number of associated deaths. In 2014, in the United States, 18,893 lethal overdoses were related to prescription opioids and 10,574 due to heroin. Despite the growing number of treatment options for substance use disorders, which are chronic, relapsing-remitting conditions, relapse rates remain as high as 91%. In the United States, 7.5 million children reside with at least one patient who abuses drugs or alcohol. Mothers are twice as likely to lose custody of their children...
March 2017: International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783904/five-year-monitoring-of-19-illicit-and-legal-substances-of-abuse-at-the-inlet-of-a-wastewater-treatment-plant-in-barcelona-ne-spain-and-estimation-of-drug-consumption-patterns-and-trends
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Nicola Mastroianni, Ester López-García, Cristina Postigo, Damià Barceló, Miren López de Alda
Illicit and legal drugs of abuse, including alcohol, continue to be in the focus of many governmental national and international studies due to the important consequences of their consumption at both individual and social level. Estimation of drug use at the community level from the concentrations of the drugs themselves or their major metabolites measured in wastewater has become an increasingly accepted and extended tool, complementary to the methods traditionally used for this purpose. The present work describes the application of this approach, generally known as wastewater epidemiology, to investigate the latest drug consumption patterns and trends in the European city of Barcelona...
July 31, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781894/validation-of-a-straightforward-high-performance-liquid-chromatographic-method-for-morphine-quantitation
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Kar-Weng Chan
BACKGROUND: Morphine is illegal to use unless it is prescribed by a medical doctor. This compound is commonly abused in the form of illicit heroin. METHODS: An easy-to-use method for determining morphine in illicit heroin using high performance liquid chromatography-photodiode array detector (HPLC-PDA) was developed. With the aid of 50:50 acetonitrile:ammonium formate, this target compound traveling in a pentafluorophenyl (PFP) column was successfully separated from other compounds frequently present in the heroin matrix...
2017: Egyptian journal of forensic sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777966/long-term-heroin-use-was-associated-with-the-downregulation-of-systemic-platelets-bdnf-and-tgf-%C3%AE-1-and-it-contributed-to-the-disruption-of-executive-function-in-taiwanese-han-chinese
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Ru-Band Lu, Sheng-Yu Lee, Tzu-Yun Wang, Yun-Hsuan Chang, Po-See Chen, Yen-Kuang Yang, Jau-Shyong Hong, Shiou-Lan Chen
BACKGROUND: Long-term heroin addicts have low plasma brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) levels. However, the mechanisms and effects of systemic disturbances of BDNF caused by heroin remain unclear. OBJECTIVE: Blood platelet might be a source of neurotrophic factors like BDNF and transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1. Thus, we investigated the effects of heroin on platelets, BDNF and TGF-β1, the association between blood platelets, BDNF, TGF-β1, and executive function in long-term heroin addicts...
July 27, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772173/heroin-use-onset-among-nonmedical-prescription-opioid-users-in-the-club-scene
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Hilary L Surratt, Steven P Kurtz, Mance Buttram, Maria A Levi-Minzi, Maria E Pagano, Theodore J Cicero
BACKGROUND: Nonmedical prescription opioid use (NMPOU) is well documented among participants in the club scene, yet prior studies have not examined transition to heroin use. We prospectively examined heroin initiation among a sample of young adults with drug involvement associated with participation in the club scene, to understand factors that influence transition from NMPOU to heroin and to identify opportunities for intervention. METHODS: Data were drawn from a randomized trial that enrolled 750 Miami-based club and prescription drug users through respondent driven sampling, and tested the efficacy of assessment interventions in reducing risk...
July 26, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771091/metabolic-syndrome-among-individuals-with-heroin-use-disorders-on-methadone-therapy-prevalence-characteristics-and-related-factors
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Gabriel Vallecillo, María José Robles, Marta Torrens, Pilar Samos, Albert Roquer, Paula K Martires, Arantza Sanvisens, Roberto Muga, Juan Pedro-Botet
BACKGROUND: Observational studies have reported a high prevalence of obesity and diabetes in subjects on methadone therapy, there are, however, limited data about metabolic syndrome. The aim of the study was to evaluate the prevalence of metabolic syndrome and related factors in individuals with heroin use disorder on methadone therapy. METHODS: A cross-sectional study in individuals with heroin use disorder on methadone therapy at a drug-abuse outpatient center...
August 3, 2017: Substance Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767015/dependency-traits-relationship-power-and-health-risks-in-women-receiving-sexually-transmitted-infection-clinic-services
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Eric G Benotsch, Ashlee N Sawyer, Aaron M Martin, Elizabeth S Allen, Christopher D Nettles, Doug Richardson, Cornelis A Rietmeijer
In prior research, having traits consistent with a personality disorder has been shown to be related to substance use and high-risk sexual activity; however, few studies have examined relationships between dependency traits and health-jeopardizing behaviors. Individuals with traits consistent with dependent personality disorder may be more likely to be in a primary relationship characterized by unhealthy conditions, including physical abuse from a partner, low assertiveness in sexual situations, and partner infidelity...
July 2017: Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765178/stercoral-perforation-of-the-colon-in-a-heroin-addict
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Cameron Douglas Brown, Fraser Maxwell, Paul French, Gary Nicholson
A 27-year-old female heroin addict presented with a peritonitic and distended abdomen. Her medical history included depression and a 3-year history of heroin abuse with attendant constipation. CT scan showed free intraperitoneal gas, massive faecal distension of the rectum and sigmoid colon and likely bowel necrosis. She underwent an emergency Hartmann's procedure for perforation of the sigmoid colon. Pathology identified two areas of stercoral ulceration, one of them being the area of perforation. Postoperatively, the patient developed a deep vein thrombosis and is now on anticoagulant therapy...
August 1, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762460/successful-endoscopic-treatment-of-an-unusual-foreign-body-in-the-stomach-a-package-of-heroin
#19
Mehmet Asıl, Ramazan Dertli
Drug addiction is an important medical and social problem. "Body packing" is frequently used for concealed transportation of illegal drugs. The drug is packed in small plastic packages and swallowed or placed into body cavities, such as the rectum or the vagina. Another aspect is "body stuffing," in which the drug package is usually hastily swallowed in order to avoid arrest. Presently described is case of a body stuffer who ingested a package of heroin and was successfully treated with upper gastrointestinal endoscopy...
July 2017: Ulusal Travma Ve Acil Cerrahi Dergisi, Turkish Journal of Trauma & Emergency Surgery: TJTES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761409/psychoactive-substance-use-among-methadone-maintenance-therapy-clients-in-china
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Chunqing Lin, Xiaobin Cao, Li Li
A proportion of methadone maintenance therapy (MMT) clients in China shifted their substance use habit from opiate to psychoactive substances. The objective of this study was to examine the pattern and associated factors of psychoactive substance use among MMT clients. The study was conducted among 2,448 clients from 68 MMT clinics of China. The type and frequency of psychoactive substance use were self-reported. About 38.1% (N=933) of the participants reported psychoactive substance use in lifetime, and 6...
August 2017: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
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