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Welcome to my blog page.  Click the red tags to filter all entries on this topic.  Here is a chance to:
  • Read up on some of the projects I am working on
  • Recap on research that underpins my training and lectures
  • Share some intriguing research findings
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September 2, 2019

Opioid-related deaths continue to take the lives of thousands in the U.S. each year, with non-fatal opioid overdoses as a significant risk factor for a subsequent fatal overdose. Post-overdose interventions are emerging in affected communities, using what support syste...

July 1, 2019

A big thanks to my friend and colleague Colin Mackell for forwarding me this interesting article.  In it the fantastic Prof Nick Heather reflects on definitions and diagnostic issues and considers what is addiction?  For a really interesting review of the subject click...

May 30, 2019

Research finds that people with substance-use problems who read a message describing addiction as a disease are less likely to report wanting to engage in effective therapies, compared to those who read a message that addiction behaviors are subject to change. The find...

April 24, 2019

In a survey of thousands of people who reported having experienced personal encounters with God, researchers report that more than two-thirds of self-identified atheists shed that label after their encounter, regardless of whether it was spontaneous or while taking a p...

April 13, 2019

Can a monthly injection of Subutex improve outcome rates for opiate users in treatment?  Findings produces an interesting review of a recent trial and its outcomes.  To read the review click here.

April 5, 2019

The National Science Foundation supported the study, which included an Oregon State University geographer and was led by Nicholas Magliocca from University of Alabama. The collaboration also included researchers from The Ohio State University, Northern Arizona Universi...

January 24, 2019

Technology is changing all our lives and reaches into every aspect of human behavior.  This has not only led to the development of new substances available to young people, but also access routes.  Here is an interesting piece in the Conversation regarding new drug pur...

August 10, 2018

Many people think of psychedelics as relics from the hippie generation or something taken by ravers and music festival-goers, but they may one day be used to treat disorders ranging from social anxiety to depression, according to research presented at the annual conven...

June 10, 2018

In lecturers and treatment design I often discuss the more positive outcomes and shorter treatment duration for primary drinkers as opposed to drug users.  This is often connected tot he age of onset, where 70 per cent of problem drinking occurs after the age of 30.  T...

June 10, 2018

For a long time I argued that the action of drugs on pleasure centers in the brain was far too simplistic, and the least, memory played a very specific role in addictions, if not a primary one.  The most recent research now suggests that six brain systems are important...

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