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Machines Called ‘Crack Cocaine of Gambling’ Ruining Lives by the Thousands

Posted on August 1, 2015 in Cocaine

Machines Called ‘Crack Cocaine of Gambling’ Ruining Lives by the Thousands

A relatively new type of electronic gambling machine known as the fixed-odds betting terminal (FOBT) has become the rage among hardcore gamblers in the United Kingdom. Since 2008, UK citizens have collectively lost 8 billion pounds (the equivalent of $12 billion) playing games of chance on these digital pickpockets, which are referred to in some circles as the “crack cocaine of gambling.” 

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Have Researchers Found a Way to Prevent Cocaine Relapse?

Posted on June 3, 2015 in Cocaine

Have Researchers Found a Way to Prevent Cocaine Relapse?

People addicted to cocaine have fairly high chances of relapsing back into active drug use while attempting to establish abstinence. Unfortunately, there is no medication that consistently helps prevent such a relapse. However, in a study published in October 2014 in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, a team of American researchers uncovered a potential method of stopping cocaine-related relapses from occurring. This method relies on the slight alteration of a part of the brain that normally supports relapse in people recovering from cocaine addiction.

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Are Cocaine Addiction and Nicotine Addiction Related?

Posted on April 16, 2015 in Cocaine

Are Cocaine Addiction and Nicotine Addiction Related?Cocaine is an illegal/illicit drug of abuse that belongs to a larger class of substances known as stimulants. Nicotine is a legal recreational substance that produces both stimulating and depressing effects inside the brain and body. Repeated consumption of either cocaine or nicotine can trigger the characteristic changes in brain function that mark the onset of addiction. In a study published in 2014 in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, a team of researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University looked at the common origins of cocaine addiction and nicotine addiction. These researchers concluded that both forms of addiction rely partly on access to the same pathway to the brain.

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The Facts about Crack Cocaine

Posted on April 1, 2015 in Cocaine

The Facts about Crack CocaineCrack cocaine, or crack, is a serious, highly addictive and extremely dangerous drug. It exploded on the illegal drug scene in the 1980s and became popular with drug users. Crack use and the resulting crimes during that decade spurred a number of laws related to the drug war, including mandatory minimum sentencing for drug offenses. Today, crack is not nearly as big of a problem as it once was, but it is still around and still causing serious harm. Addiction, overdose and health problems like crack lung are consequences of using this street drug.

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First-Ever Cocaine Overdose Treatment in Clinical Trials

Posted on October 27, 2014 in Cocaine

First-Ever Cocaine Overdose Treatment in Clinical TrialsCocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant substance of abuse known for its ability to trigger non-fatal or fatal episodes of drug overdose. Such episodes are particularly difficult to predict and actually occur much more often than overdoses related to the opioid narcotic heroin. In a report published in September 2014, researchers from the University of Kentucky announced their progress on the development of a treatment for cocaine overdose. This treatment relies on modification of the natural chemical activity of an enzyme found in soil inhabited by the coca plant, which drug manufacturers use to make cocaine.

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The Dangers of Crack Cocaine

Posted on August 31, 2014 in Cocaine

The Dangers of Crack CocaineCrack cocaine’s effects are far reaching. Using this drug can destroy your health and eventually kill you. Even using the drug just once in a high concentration can be fatal. A derivative of cocaine, crack is a devastating drug that is highly addictive. Once you start using this substance you will find it difficult to stop. You can get help, though. Professional addiction specialists can help you come clean from your addiction and teach you how to live without substance abuse.

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Cocaine Vaccine Study Has Disappointing Results

Posted on July 16, 2014 in Cocaine

Cocaine Vaccine Study Has Disappointing ResultsFor more than 20 years, various groups of researchers have been working on vaccines designed to provide protection against the mind-altering effects of cocaine. In a study published in April 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers from several U.S. institutions assessed the progress made on a specific cocaine vaccine called succinyl norcocaine, which has advanced to a testing stage involving humans. 

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Cocaine Addicts Have High Sensitivity to Drug Cues in Images

Posted on May 24, 2014 in Cocaine

Researchers and addiction specialists know that any given person’s chances of using drugs or alcohol can rise substantially in the presence of conscious or unconscious substance-related cues that come from within the mind or from the surrounding environment. Much of the scientific work done to explore these cues has focused on the influence of verbal or spoken memories. In a study published in March 2014 in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, researchers from Rutgers University explored the impact of visual memories on the chances that young adults addicted to cocaine will seek out and consume either cocaine or another substance of abuse.

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Novel Compound Halts Cocaine Addiction, Researchers Say

Posted on May 23, 2014 in Cocaine

Novel Compound Halts Cocaine Addiction, Researchers SayCocaine is a stimulant drug with a well-established potential to produce the long-term changes in brain function associated with physical dependence and addiction. Currently, the scientific/medical community has no proven or reliable medication-based option for treating people addicted to this powerful drug. In a study published in April 2014 in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, a team of U.S. and Chinese researchers explored the potential usefulness of a newly developed compound, known only as RO5263397, in helping address the effects of cocaine addiction. The researchers concluded that, in preliminary animal testing, this compound produced clearly beneficial results.

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Disulfiram for Cocaine Abuse

Posted on April 9, 2014 in Cocaine

Disulfiram for Cocaine AbuseThere is currently no drug that is approved for use in cocaine addiction, so the search for new candidates has continued at a rapid pace. Behavioral interventions are effective for treating drug addiction, but effective medications are an invaluable additional tool for rehab centers and doctors. Disulfiram (commonly known as Antabuse) was developed to combat alcohol addiction by provoking a severely unpleasant reaction when anybody taking it has an alcoholic drink, but research suggests it could be the long-sought treatment for cocaine addiction too. 

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