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Editor's Notes

Congratulations to Angelos Hatzakis and colleagues for winning the 2016 EMCDDA Scientific Award (Category: Population-based and Epidemiology Research) for their paper, "Design and baseline findings of a large-scale rapid response to an HIV outbreak in people who inject drugs in Athens, Greece: the ARISTOTLE programme." The paper was published in the September 2015 issue of Addiction and can be accessed here.

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Latest Press Releases

Addiction publishes press releases throughout the year.  Please see the date-sorted list below for more information, and consult our archive for older press releases.

US and Mexican controls on precursor chemicals may reduce cocaine and methamphetamine use in the US

17 August 2016

In December 2006, the USA regulated sodium permanganate, a chemical essential to the manufacture of cocaine. In March 2007, Mexico, the USA's primary source for methamphetamine, closed a chemical company accused of illicitly importing more than 60 tons of pseudoephedrine, a methamphetamine precursor chemical. A study published today by the scientific journal Addiction found that those two events were associated with large, extended reductions in cocaine users and methamphetamine users in the USA -- impacts that have lasted approximately eight years so far.

New study supports link between alcohol advertising and adolescent drinking

03 August 2016

A study published today in the scientific journal Addiction finds that exposure to several different types of alcohol marketing is positively associated with the amount and frequency of drinking among adolescents across Europe.

New review concludes that evidence for alcohol causing cancer is strong

22 July 2016

A new review of epidemiological evidence supports a causal association between alcohol consumption and cancers at seven sites in the body: oropharynx, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colon, rectum and female breast. This is a stronger statement than the long-recognised association between alcohol and cancer. An association means there is a relationship of some kind between the two variables. A causal association means there is evidence that alcohol consumption directly causes cancer.

UK government should fund media campaigns that promote quitting, not films that promote smoking

01 July 2016

Leading tobacco researchers urge UK Government to fund media campaigns that encourage quitting, not films that encourage smoking

New study shows a generational shift toward lighter drinking in Australia

29 June 2016

Alcohol consumption in Australia has declined steadily during the past decade, with per capita consumption in 2013-14 reaching its lowest level since the early 1960s. A new study published today by the scientific journal Addiction shows that the overall decline in drinking is due mainly to less drinking among people in their teens and early twenties.

Prohibition 2016: Assessing the UK's Psychoactive Substances Act

25 May 2016

With the UK's Psychoactive Substances Act poised to come into force, experts ask whether a blanket prohibition of NPS is feasible

The trouble with drinking guidelines: What, in the world, is a standard drink?

13 April 2016

The controversy over the UK's new safe drinking guidelines revealed how much people within a country can disagree about drinking. It turns out that countries disagree with each other, too.

Take-home naloxone should be an additional standard of care for prevention of heroin overdose deaths

30 March 2016

Death from opioid overdose is preventable through timely administration of the antidote naloxone. Several countries now provide take-home naloxone (THN) to opioid users for emergency use, but mostly as pilot schemes and without formal evaluation. A new study published today by the scientific journal Addiction found that take-home naloxone programs reduce overdose mortality and have a low rate of adverse events. The study recommends take-home naloxone as a new standard of care for prevention of heroin overdose deaths.

Nearly half of women who stop smoking during pregnancy go back to smoking soon after baby is born

16 March 2016

A major new review published today by the scientific journal Addiction reveals that in studies testing the effectiveness of stop-smoking support for pregnant women, nearly half (43%) of the women who managed to stay off cigarettes during the pregnancy went back to smoking within 6 months of the birth.