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New designer opioid linked to overdose deaths in Ohio, Illinois and Indiana

(USA Today, May 18) A ‘designer’ opioid, called isotonitazene, has been found in the bodies of people who died from overdose in Midwestern states. 

More Opioids Doesn't Mean Less Chronic Pain: Study

(HealthDay News, May 21) According to a study, increased doses of opioid-based painkillers actually won’t help people who suffer from chronic pain.

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Stress and Boredom During COVID-19 Leading to Increased Rates of Drug and Alcohol Use

(Erie News Now, May 12) In recent weeks, substance misuse has been increasing as a majority of people have been required to stay at home due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. 

Drug Use is Transmitted from Old to Young

(PittWire, May 13) Does age play a role when it comes to the risk of fatal drug overdose? 

Brief intervention reduces drug use among occasional users

(Healio, May 14) Among occasional drug users, brief intervention lowered drug use after six months, according to new research.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Drug Use: What’s the Connection?

(NIDA Blog Team, April 27) People whose lungs have been affected by drug use may be at higher risk of serious complications from COVID-19.

COVID-19 Is an Opportunity, Challenge for Addiction Treatment

(Medicinenet, April 30) The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in opportunities to use telemedicine and mental health hotlines for those struggling with substance misuse, NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow said.

Marijuana Dependence And Mental Health Risks

(HealthDay News, April 28) People how have a history of marijuana dependence could be more at risk to have mental heath issues, according to a Canadian study.

Using Pot to Help You Sleep? It Could Backfire

(HealthDay News, April 14) Could using marijuana to sleep as a teen actually cause sleep problems later in life? That’s what one study recent suggests.

Marijuana Withdrawal Is Real

(NIDA Blog Team) If someone is dependent or addicted, they may experience withdrawal if they stop using the drug all at once. Withdrawal can be very uncomfortable; it’s part of what makes it hard for someone to stop using a drug.