Medical

September 2, 2013: PRESCRIBING DRUGS: FIRST DO NO HARM
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In the second part of our cover story, Dr James Davies shares his controversial but factual presentation at the parliamentary event chaired by shadow health secretary Andy Burnham. Print-friendly version: Download AddictionToday144-Prescription drugs-addiction,poisoning Parts 1 and 3 of the cover...

October 30, 2011: THE LATEST DEFINITION OF ADDICTION
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The American Society of Addiction Medicine has released a new definition of addiction, highlighting that it is a chronic brain disorder and not simply a behavioural problem involving too much alcohol, drugs, gambling or sex. Four years of work with...

July 20, 2011: IATROGENESIS AND OUR BENZODIAZEPINE SECRET
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In June, Addiction Today was contacted by a 50-year old man, Josh, who kindly gave me permission to tell his story in the hope that it will help effect change and help others in a similar situation. Read related article:...

April 7, 2010: INTEGRATED, HOLISTIC APPROACH TO ADDICTIVE DISORDERS
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by Dr Mark Atkinson To follow April 2010

June 10, 2009: COCAINE HARMS: THE FACTS
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A brief over of the medical damage caused by cocaine; more to be added - please feel free to add your own research. Just click on the links below for information. Cocaine damage to brain cells 1 Cocaine damage to...

March 3, 2009: "DRUG-RELATED DEATHS": DEFINITION
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Further to the debate on what does or does not count as a "drug-related death", Peter O'Loughlin gives the authoritative definition, as below. In 2000, the advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) published a report, Reducing Drug Related...

September 17, 2008: "ADDICTION IS A DISEASE"
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“Drug [including alcohol] addictions are medical diseases which deserve parity in national healthcare programmes...” states scientist and professor Carlton Erickson, as he reveals the neurobiological research. Although this article was first printed in Addiction Today journal in 2002, the vast...

April 5, 2008: CANNABIS AND SCHIZOPHRENIA: THE LINKS
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1972: Study of US servicemen finds widespread cannabis smoking contributed to a five-fold increase in schizophrenia between 1968-1971. 1974: Researchers find cannabis could trigger latent schizophrenia, intensify symptoms and cause the condition even where it would not otherwise occur. 1981:...

April 5, 2008: TEENAGE DRINKING CORRODES MEMORY
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Binge drinking as a teenager could damage memory for years, says researcher Dr Thomas Heffernan, A Northumbria University psychologist, at the British Psychological Society 's annual conference in Dublin. This is critical, given that children of 12 are being treated...

March 22, 2008: ALCOHOL INCREASES RISK OF BREAK CANCER BY 50%
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Cancer Research says alcohol causes about 2,000 breast cancer cases a year. Now the Department of Health has confirmed that women who drink above the government's recommended limit of 14 units a week are 50% more likely to develop breast...

March 20, 2008: DOCTORS TO BE GIVEN SPECIAL TRAINING...
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Medics to learn to identify people who drink too much, government says. The government promises that, within three years, all medical schools in England will have alcohol training on the curriculum. Addiction Today hopes that it will not be a...

December 14, 2007: AUDIT OF DRUG-TREATMENT PRESCRIBING SERVICES
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NTA publishes "definitive guidelines" on ethical prescribing The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse published definitive guidelines on ethical prescribing for UK drug treatment providers, and committed to putting in place new monitoring procedures to ensure that the guidelines are...

September 28, 2007: CLINICAL GUIDELINES
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Drug Misuse & Dependence: Guidelines on clinical management The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse published, in September 2007, a UK-wide framework for the clinical treatment of drug misuse, on behalf of the Department of Health and devolved administrations. This...

September 28, 2007: NICE GUIDELINES, TECHNOLOGY APPRAISALS
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The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has produced, in relation to the Clinical Guidelines 2007: Opioid detoxification guidelines Psychosocial interventions guidelines Methadone and buprenorphine for managing opioid dependence technology appraisal Naltrexone for the managemetn of opioid dependence technology...