substance abuse

Opioid abuse linked by researchers to mood and anxiety disorders

By Natalie Wood-Wright Individuals suffering from mood and anxiety disorders such as bipolar, panic and major depressive disorders may be more likely to abuse opioids, according to a new study led by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, who found that such disorders are highly associated…

Synthetic pot among county’s biggest issues, candidates say

By Elaine Blaisdell KEYSER, W.Va. — The three candidates for Mineral County sheriff in the May 8 primary election are in agreement that drugs are a major issue, and in particular, synthetic marijuana. The West Virginia Legislature banned synthetic marijuana with the passage of House Bill 2505 last year. However, there…

Preventing and Treating Drug Use with Smartphones

By University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester, MA — Clinical researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) are combining an innovative constellation of technologies such as artificial intelligence, smartphone programming, biosensors and wireless connectivity to develop a device designed to detect physiological stressors associated with drug cravings and…