Brain Shape Affects Cocaine Addiction

cocaine addiction and the brainA new study from Cambridge University found that cocaine users with a larger frontal lobe were less likely to become addicted to cocaine.

In their study, researchers looked at a number of recreational cocaine users. They found that many were addicted, but there were a few people who had used cocaine for years without ever becoming dependent. The study participants underwent a brain scan and a personality test as a part of the research. Those that had never become addicted to cocaine were found to have an abnormally large frontal lobe. This is the part of the brain that handles self-control and decision making.

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Could Cocaine Addiction be Broken with Ritalin

Powdered CocaineBoth cocaine and Ritalin are powerful stimulants but new research suggests that a single dose of Ritalin (methylphenidate) may actually help reset the neural pathways that become disordered due to cocaine addiction.

"These findings may also be generalizable to other types of addiction," study lead investigator Dr. Rita Goldstein told CBS News.

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Colombia to use Cannabis to Treat Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine SeizureBogota Colombia has a problem. They have 7,500 people addicted to cocaine who are turning areas of the city into dead zones where addicts mix with the cities other homeless. These users are hurting businesses and turning to crime to fund their habit. In an attempt to stop this, the cities government is planning to supply cocaine addicts with cannabis as a way to wean them off the cocaine.

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Tulisa Facing Charge Over Drug Fixing Allegations

Tulisa Contostavlos Drug DealSinger and former X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos may have some serious explaining to do after she was caught on hidden camera offering to set up a drug deal.

The Sun newspaper has said that one of its reporters has supplied video footage of Tulisa offering to provide cocaine, a class A drug during an undercover sting.

This has led to an investigation by the Major Crimes Unit of the evidence against Tulisa and her alleged supplier, rapper Mike GLC. The Sun is reporting that the investigation could lead to the arrest of both Tulisa and Mike within days.

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Recreational cocaine use can raise risk of heart attack

There are a number of dangers associated with cocaine use. This infamous substance, which is used by many as a recreational drug, has a powerful effect on how the brain processes dopamine by stimulating the nervous system.

What many people do not realise is that, just as even a single cigarette can harm your health, even the occasional use of cocaine can be damaging. The latest study shows that people who use cocaine are more likely to have a higher risk of suffering from heart disease than non-users. Researchers at the University of Sydney looked at recreational users of the drug and found that even those who only dabbled occasionally had a greater likelihood of having cardiac abnormalities such as stiffer arteries, higher blood pressure and thicker cardiac muscle walls. All of these are related to a higher risk of a heart attack and were found even among young people and those who considered themselves to use the drug only occasionally. Lead researcher Dr Gemma Figtree, a cardiologist at the university, said in a statement: "We are repeatedly seeing young, otherwise fit individuals suffering massive heart attacks related to cocaine use. Despite being well-educated professionals, they have no knowledge of the health consequences of regularly using cocaine." She even described cocaine as "the perfect heart attack drug". Many people who use the drug would not consider themselves to be addicted. The Sydney study analysed a sample of participants who were on average in their mid-thirties and who reported using the drug at least once a month over the past year. For many, it is a routine part of a night out on the town, being that it is a powerful stimulant which can make you feel instantly more alert, confident and even quite euphoric. Physically, it raises your heart rate and temperature. However, experts note that these symptoms can be followed by long periods of feeling depressed and run down, a "comedown" or crash that can last for days. Not only is there this negative effect to deal with, the figures show that even the apparently upbeat side effects of cocaine bring their own risks, not only in medical terms but by making some users over-confident, aggressive and reckless. Of course, there is also the addictive aspect to worry about. The Sydney study showed that even monthly use can increase heart wall thickness by eight millimetres, higher systolic blood pressure and stiffening of the aortic arteries, even in users who are, to all appearances, healthy. Thicker blood vessels are associated with higher blood pressure and require the heart to work harder, thus increasing the risk of heart attacks and even strokes. At the moment, scientists are not sure why the drug has a stiffening effect on the blood vessels, and further research is needed on the subject. It is the first study to look at the prevalence of hypertension and cardiovascular stiffness in users of the drug and is also unusual in that it looked at occasional, social users rather than cocaine addicts.

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More 50-65 Year-Olds Using Drugs Then Ever Before

elderly drug usersNew research has tackled the previously unstudied field of how the older generations in UK society use illegal drugs. The results indicate that the percentages of older people using drugs is increasing significantly.When the topic of alcohol and drug use in UK society arises the media tend to focus on younger people. Club drugs, binge-drinking and the availability of legal highs seem to be the most popular topics addressed by journalists and politicians. Rightly or wrongly, these substances and the behaviours that accompany their use and abuse are framed as activities undertaken by younger generations (those under the age of thirty). Rarely are we made aware of how the older generations use intoxicating products. Drug use, it would appear, is a young person’s pass-time.

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Effects of Cocaine Use on Health

Like any other addiction, cocaine abuse carries with it many harmful side effects. While they may be tough to notice at first, as the addiction grows the outward signs become far more noticable. Sufferers have to contend with numerous physical and psychological problems as cocaine abuse worsens over time.

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Love of Coffee Could Predict Future Cocaine Abuse.

Many people enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning as part of their daily routine. An intriguing new study has made the claim that peoples differing reactions to coffee and energy drinks could be a indication of their susceptibility to developing an addiction to stimulants.

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