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Substance use

Analysis of 207,543 children with acute opioid poisonings from the United States National Poison Data System
The proportion of high-strength painkiller poisonings among children which result in emergency hospital admissions has increased
Free Access peer-reviewed editorial piece published in Clinical Toxicology

Trends in gabapentin and baclofen exposures reported to U.S. poison centers
Intentional suspected suicide attempts increased by 80.3% for isolated gabapentin exposures over a five-year-period and 43% for baclofen over a four-year-period
Free Access peer-reviewed editorial piece published in Clinical Toxicology

Racial Justice Requires Ending the War on Drugs
An argument to free all non-violent criminals jailed on minor drug offences
Free Access peer-reviewed editorial piece published in The American Journal of Bioethics

Searching for Mr. Hyde: A five-factor approach to characterizing “types of drunks”
There are four different personality characteristics that people take on when drunk, experts suggest
Free Access peer-reviewed research published in Addiction Research & Theory

Longer time spent at home during COVID-19 pandemic is associated with binge drinking among US adults
Binge drinkers increased their alcohol consumption by nearly 20% during COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, according to this research.
Free to access in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

Participation with alcohol marketing and user-created promotion on social media, and the association with higher-risk alcohol consumption and brand identification among adolescents in the UK
The use of social media by alcohol marketeers is shown as a powerful brand recognition tool, which can create high-risk consumption among young people aged 11-19.
The findings of the UK survey (n 3,339) has influenced WHO policy
Open Access peer-reviewed article published in Addiction Research & Theory

Comparing older nonmedical and medical cannabis users: health-related characteristics, cannabis use patterns, and cannabis sources
Older people who use cannabis to relieve or treat health problems are failing to discuss their substance use with doctors, according to this research.
Free to access in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

Positive and negative time attitudes, intrinsic motivation, behavioral engagement and substance use among urban adolescents
Drink and drug risk is lower among optimistic pupils with 'happy' memories, says study which finds students who are nostalgic are less likely to use marijuana or skip class.
Free to access in Addiction Research & Theory.

Psychedelics, Personality and Political Perspectives
Psychedelic use is shown to be associated with liberal and anti-authoritarian political views, openness to new experiences, and nature relatedness. These findings have been used in the development of a patent for the large-scale production of psilocybin for use in medicine.
Free to access in Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.


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