Monday, December 31, 2007

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Ending the Tobacco Problem

Left wing, freedom hating ideologues are not satisfied with a drop in smoking to 21% in 2005.

These big government left wingers want the FDA to regulate tobacco, reductions in nicotine in cigarettes, limits on advertising, and large pictures of the effects of tobacco.

This is a better approach.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

PTSD and Mood Disorder More Frequent in Adolescents with Substance Use Disorder; Predict a Poorer Outcome

Specifics, here. J Affect Disord 103:105-112, 2007.

Gene in Tobacco Use

Greater reaction to nicotine binding was associated with more of a rush to tobacco use, in this study.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

N-Acetylcysteine Decreases Desire for Cocaine

This study showed promise in humans.

Ecstasy Use Impairs Verbal Memory Long Term

So concludes this study.

Drug Use and Dependence in the U.S.

The year prevalence of drug use was 2%, with a lifetime prevalence of 10%. Drug abuse rates were 1.4% and 7% respectively. Males, young people, and unmarried people had higher levels of abuse. Dependence caused more impairment than abuse. All had high correlations with alcohol abuse, nicotine dependence, anxiety disorders, depression, and personality disorder.

In the case of alcohol abuse and dependence, the respective rates were 18% and 13%. Only 24% ever received treatment.

Saturday, December 1, 2007


Impulsivity has two types, reward-discounting (can't delay reward) and rapid response (without awareness of surroundings). Rapid response predominates in trait impulsivity, and its consequences. Biol Psychiatry. 2002 Jun 15;51(12):988-94.

Here is a method of measurement of impulsivity in troubled adolescents.

Early onset of delinquency associates with earlier onset and greater intensity of substance abuse. JAACAP, 2002, 41:386-393.