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The Cost of Opioid Use during Pregnancy

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Review Confirms Link between Drug Use and Poor Dental Health

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Current controls on alcohol marketing are not protecting youth, warn public health experts

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US and Mexican controls on precursor chemicals may reduce cocaine and methamphetamine use in the US

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New study supports link between alcohol advertising and adolescent drinking

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New review concludes that evidence for alcohol causing cancer is strong

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UK government should fund media campaigns that promote quitting, not films that promote smoking

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New study shows a generational shift toward lighter drinking in Australia

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Prohibition 2016: Assessing the UK's Psychoactive Substances Act

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The trouble with drinking guidelines: What, in the world, is a standard drink?

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Take-home naloxone should be an additional standard of care for prevention of heroin overdose deaths

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Nearly half of women who stop smoking during pregnancy go back to smoking soon after baby is born

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E-cigarettes are estimated to have helped 16,000-22,000 smokers in England to quit in 2014

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How to measure nicotine delivery from e-cigarettes

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Smokers with depression try to quit more often but find it harder

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Improvised Naloxone Nasal Sprays Lack Evidence of Absorption and Effect

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New study finds financial incentives to help pregnant women stop smoking are highly cost-effective

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The alcohol industry is not meeting its'Responsibility Deal' labelling pledges

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The drug situation in Europe: Opioid misuse continues to dominate the picture

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UK drinking guidelines are a poor fit with Britain's heavy drinking habits

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Every country in the world can afford to support its smokers to stop

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Progressively reducing the nicotine content of cigarettes may not lead smokers to quit

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Children's exposure to second-hand smoke in England has dropped 80% since 1998

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New study challenges claims on aldehyde contentof third generation e-cigarettes

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A sobering thought: One billion smokers and 240 million people with alcohol use disorder worldwide

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The more friends you drink with ... the more you drink

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The growing evidence on standardised packaging of tobacco products

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Plain packaging reduces 'cigarette-seeking' response by almost a tenth, says study

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New study shows women have higher risk of injury than menafter more than three drinks

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What twenty years of research on cannabis use has taught us

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WHO-commissioned report on e-cigarettes misleading, say experts

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New review says current evidence suggests potential benefits of e-cigarettes outweigh harm

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Warning: Birthdays Can Be Bad for Your Health

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Hazardous drinking in UK athletes linked with alcohol industry sponsorship

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UK supermarkets minimise price rises for the cheapest alcohol when taxes are increased

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E-cigarette use for quitting smoking is associated with improved success rates

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Abstention from alcohol has increased sharply among Australian adolescents

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Some truth to the 'potent pot myth': High potency cannabis is linked with higher THC intake

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Alcohol consumption is a necessary cause of nearly 80,000 deaths per year in the Americas

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We are delighted to announce our new team of Deputy Statistics & Methodology Editors: Emma Beard (University College London), Timothy Dobbins (University of New South Wales), Hayley Jones (University of Bristol), Jim Lewsey (University of Glasgow) and Sterling McPherson (Washington State University). They will join Statistics & Methodology Editor John Stapleton in providing statistical reviews as part of the peer review process.

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Among patients receiving treatment for an alcohol use disorder, those who relapse during follow-up have higher novelty-seeking behaviour, lower persistence, lower reward dependence and lower cooperativeness than those who do not relapse.


Alcohol-dependent men and women have significantly higher risks of a comprehensive spectrum of somatic (body-related) diseases relative to the general population.


The total number of drinks consumed in a risky single occasion drinking session appears to rise independently with the duration of the event, the number of drinking locations, and the number of different types of beverage consumed.


There appear to be two major genetic factors contributing to the risk of alcohol use disorder among Swedish men: one beginning at ages 18-25 and another, of less impact, beginning at ages 26-33.


There appear to be socio-economic disparities in the receipt of pharmacotherapy for alcohol use disorder in Sweden.


An emergency department-based motivational brief intervention, delivered by a therapist and guided by computer, appears to reduce drug use among adults seeking emergency department care.


In an English national study, prison-based opioid substitution therapy was associated with a 75% reduction in all-cause mortality and an 85% reduction in fatal drug-related poisoning in the first month after prison release.


The two steps in treatment cascade for HIV-positive PWID in St Petersburg, RF and Kohtla-Järve, Estonia requiring greatest improvement are retention in regular care and initiation of HAART.


There is an elevated risk of death from drug overdose among individuals released from Norwegian prisons, peaking in the first week, and greatest for those having served 3-12 months.


While extended-release naltrexone appears to increase both quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs) and abstinence, it does not appear to be cost-effective due to the high price of injections.


Extending cognitive-behavioral therapy from 26 to 48 weeks does not appear to improve long-term abstinence from smoking.


It is not clear whether a brief intervention associated with the Alcohol Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test is more effective than an informational pamphlet in reducing alcohol and illicit substance consumption in non-treatment-seeking, primary care users with moderate risk.


Psychoactive drug use is generally low in Iraq, tobacco being highest at an estimated 23.2%. Iraqi women report significantly less substance use than Iraqi men. Discrepancy between self-report and 'knowing someone who uses a substance' suggests under-reporting.


Women who inject drugs in Northeast India have a high HIV prevalence, which was more than double their hepatitis C (HCV) prevalence, an opposite pattern than is observed typically among men who inject drugs.


Studies that do not account for the effects of gender and age on the measurement of alcohol use may be statistically biased.