Items Tagged ‘addiction’

Ask the Doctors - Is marijuana addictive?

May 18, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Is marijuana addictive?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Marijuana seems to be increasingly accepted in our country.  But I worry about my kids using it?  Is it addictive? You’re right to be worried – and not only because marijuana can indeed be addictive. Marijuana has gained greater acceptance in this country, not in small part because its medical use can stimulate appetite, control […]

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Tags: addiction, Dr. Robert Ashley, drug abuse, marijuana, schizophrenia, teenagers


Questions remain about the medical effectiveness of marijuana

February 3, 2018

Questions remain about the medical effectiveness of marijuana

By uclahealth uclahealth

California is among a growing number of states that have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes. The state recently legalized recreational marijuana as well. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now approved three drugs that contain marijuana compounds (cannabinoids). These drugs offer the hope of relief for some patients, such as people who don’t […]

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Tags: addiction, cannabinoids, cannabis, legalized marijuana, marijuana, marijuana compounds, marijuana for medicinal purposes, recreational marijuana, UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative


Opioid drugs: Use with caution

August 24, 2017

Opioid drugs: Use with caution

By uclahealth uclahealth

Abuse of opioid pain relievers is a serious and growing public health concern in the U.S., and around the world. If you need to take opioids, carefully weigh the risks and benefits with your doctor — especially if they’re being prescribed for chronic non-cancer pain rather than for temporary pain resulting from an injury or […]

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Tags: addiction, dependence, fibromyalgia, morphine, neuropathy, opioid prescription, opioid use, opioids, overdose, pain relief, physical dependency


Fifty years after "Summer of Love," drug use still going strong for some

July 18, 2017

Fifty years after “Summer of Love,” drug use still going strong for some

By Roxanne Moster rmoster

Fifty years ago, this summer, a social phenomenon emerged in California and swept the nation.  Called the “Summer of Love,” it began with tens of thousands of “hippies” converging in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district during the summer of 1967. Many were against the Vietnam War and consumerism, and passionate about music and meditation. There was […]

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Tags: addiction, baby boomers, cannabis, Dr. Tim Fong, drug and alcohol abuse, elderly addiction, hippies, illicit drugs, marijuana, Summer of Love, UCLA Addiction Medicine Clinic, UCLA psychiatry


Talk to teens about pot use

February 28, 2017

Talk to teens about pot use

By Leigh Hopper leighhopper

As more states legalize marijuana use, there’s a growing perception that pot is benign. But that’s not necessarily the case – especially in young people. There is still much to be learned about the effects of sporadic and occasional marijuana use on adolescent brains, said Dr. Thomas Strouse, medical director of the Stewart and Lynda […]

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Tags: addiction, American Academy of Pediatrics, depression, Dr. Thomas Strouse, marijuana, marijuana use in teens, mental health, mental illness, psychosis, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA


Drug overdose deaths are up. UCLA expert offers perspective -- and advice

February 24, 2017

Drug overdose deaths are up. UCLA expert offers perspective — and advice

By Tami Dennis tamidennis

This just in from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Drug overdose death rates have increased for all age groups in the United States, to more than 2.5 times the rate in 1999. In hard numbers, that means 6.1 deaths per 100,000 people were linked to drug overdoses in 1999 compared to 16.3 […]

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Tags: addiction, heroin, Larissa Mooney, opioids, overdose deaths


Opioid pain medication: How to protect yourself from addiction and overdose

July 22, 2016

Opioid pain medication: How to protect yourself from addiction and overdose

By uclahealth uclahealth

In June, autopsy results were released for music icon Prince, who was found dead April 21 at his Minneapolis-area home. The results confirmed Prince died of an overdose of fentanyl, a powerful prescription painkiller that’s part of the opioid family. Sadly, Prince was just the latest victim in the growing opioid epidemic. In 2014, almost […]

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Tags: acute pain, addiction, addiction medicine, Anxiety, arthritis, chronic back pain, dependence, depression, Dr. Keith Heinzerling, fentanyl, fibromyalgia, medication