Pandemic is changing addiction care, for better and worse

(HealthDay)—The COVID-19 pandemic is shaking up America’s approach to addiction treatment, but the fallout hasn’t been all bad, experts say. In-person support meetings either aren’t happening or have been severely curtailed, and addiction centers are facing financial ruin because folks are too afraid of the coronavirus to seek treatment. But…

Federal addiction treatment dollars off-limits for marijuana

The U.S. government is barring federal dollars meant for opioid addiction treatment to be used on medical marijuana. The move is aimed at states that allow marijuana for medical uses, particularly those letting patients with opioid addiction use pot as a treatment, said Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, whose federal agency doles…

27 bad news for all who drink too much – and a good

Who regularly drink too much alcohol, damaging his liver. This is well known. A study proves that alcohol abuse is attracting many more diseases that act in combination can prove fatal, and the life of almost eight years shorten. Small quantities have, however, also a positive aspect. Alcohol promotes Asthma…

‘Cannabis addiction’ gene has been discovered by scientists

‘Cannabis addiction gene’ that could make people more likely to abuse the drug is discovered by scientists in a ‘really important’ breakthrough Gene CHRNA2 regulates a ‘nicotine receptor’ in the brain, scientists have said  Low levels of this receptor has been linked to an increased of marijuana abuse Discovery could…

External reference drug pricing could save medicare tens of billions: Setting US drug prices based on prices paid in other countries could also improve affordability for Medicare beneficiaries

A new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that prices for brand-name prescription drugs averaged 3.2 to 4.1 times higher in the U.S. when compared with prices in the United Kingdom, Japan and the Canadian province of Ontario. The study also found that…