Substance Abuse, Addiction & Deterrence

Deaths from suicide and unintentional overdose in the United States more than doubled in 17 years—from 41,364 in 2000 to 110,749 in 2017. And the rate of the 2 causes of death grew from 14.7 to 33.7 per 1000 Americans over the same time period.

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Smoking

Varenicline combined with intensive counseling is more likely to help people quit smoking in the long term than buproprion and counseling, according to a randomized clinical trial.

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The FDA Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee voted 10 to 4 to recommend approval of Probuphine® for treatment of opioid dependence in adult patients, according to an announcement by Titan Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

homicide and mental disorders

Although recent media attention has focused on whether mental illness increases the likelihood of committing homicide, new research suggests that people with mental disorders have a significantly increased risk of being the victims of homicide.

During periods of drug use, patients who abuse methamphetamine are substantially more likely to experience psychotic symptoms, researchers reported in a longitudinal study published in the January 9 online JAMA Psychiatry.

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