NEWS FIX — Marijuana Breathalyzers Field-Tested in Calif. — Sept. 29, 2016

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Study Explores Link Between Women’s Hormones, Opioid Abuse

Monitoring the link between women’s drug use and their menstrual cycles may increase chances of reducing their opioid abuse, according to a recent study. For the study, researchers observed patterns of substance abuse in women and examined the effects of hormones on opioid addiction in female rats.

They observed that all of the rats, which were allowed to give themselves heroin throughout the experiment, reduced their use of the substance when their hormone levels were high or about to peak.

The data can help scientists understand the link between hormones and drug use differences between men and women. Women are said to be more at risk of developing addiction to certain substances than men, research shows, and have stronger drug cravings when they are in active addiction. To read more about the study, click here.

Maine High-Schoolers Attend Peer Substance Abuse Forum

Students from 30 high schools across Maine recently attended the One Life Project – Youth Voice meeting to discuss substance abuse and addiction issues affecting their peers. They reflected on why students use drugs and shared ideas and ways that adults can support young people and make them feel heard while also informing them of the risks of drug use. The students highlighted several issues, including that many young students feel adults don’t hear them and that young people turn to drugs because they feel alienated, bored, or depressed. Read more about the meeting and the ideas and reflections of the students who participated here.

Ontario, Canada, Cracks Down on Drug-Impaired Drivers

Drivers who are impaired while behind the wheel in Ontario, Canada, will soon be facing the same penalties as those who drive while intoxicated from alcohol. According to a Canadian Press Service story published in the Toronto Sun, police will be able to suspend the driver’s licenses of people who operate a vehicle while impaired from drug use. Under the new policy, drivers impaired by drug use will face a $180 fine. They also face a license suspension of three days for the first occurrence, seven days for the second time, and 30 days for subsequent ones after failing roadside physical coordination tests, the article said. Click here to read more.

Is More Study Needed on How a Drug Is Taken? 1 Expert Thinks So

The manner in which a person takes a drug affects whether the user will become addicted to it or not, according to pharmacology professor Anne-Noel Samaha, who recently wrote an article on the subject for the Daily Mail. She explains that how a substance is consumed, whether it is smoked, injected, snorted, or swallowed, “dictates how much drug gets into the brain, how fast, and how often brain levels of drug rise and fall.” Samaha asserts that more study is needed of pharmacokinetics, the movement of drugs through the body, and that studying the speed and frequency of drugs getting to the brain can be more helpful when predicting addiction risks than examining how much of a drug is taken. Click here to read the rest of her Daily Mail post.

Marijuana Breathalyzer Tried Out on Calif. Motorists

Marijuana breathalyzers that could be be distributed in the US in 2017 were recently tried out by police in California. Motorists who were driving erratically were pulled over as part of a trial test and were asked to blow into the device made by California-based Hound Labs with assistance from the University of California’s chemistry department.

The breathalyzer is said to be able to pick up THC on a person’s breath, even if the person ate edibles or drank alcohol before being tested. Motorists tested during the trial run voluntarily, according to the RT website.

“Two of the drivers who took part in the test admitted to smoking marijuana in the previous 30 minutes, and delivered a positive reading on the handheld device,” RT wrote in its report. “Other drivers who confessed to smoking pot within the previous two to three hours also tested positive–none of whom were arrested, although those who tested positive were not allowed to continue driving,” RT reported. Click here to read RT’s story the story and an article by US News & World Report.

CDC: Opioid Abuse Comes With $78.5B Price Tag Yearly for US

The abuse of opioid prescription painkillers costs the United States economy $78.5 billion a year, according to a recently published analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to the report, nearly 30 percent of the total cost was spent on healthcare related to opioid abuse in 2013, which data show was the year nearly 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription painkillers.

“The rising cost of the [prescription opioid) epidemic is also a tremendous burden for the health care system,” said Tom Frieden, MD, director the CDC.

Researchers looked at health care costs, lost productivity, and how the criminal justice system was affected during their analysis. To read more about the analysis, click here.

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