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Prof. Joris C. Verster

Editor-in-Chief: Current Drug Abuse Reviews

Utrecht University Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences,
Division of Pharmacology,
Utrecht,
The Netherlands

The Deadly Chain – ADHD to Substance Abuse to Suicide or Homicide!

This millennium is pretty dangerously marked with events where people have either taken their own lives or lives of others around them for apparently no significant reason. When we say ‘apparently no significant reason’ it does not mean that there wasn’t any trigger whatsoever for such events. When psychiatrists went out to study what was going wrong with certain people, they came across a number of problems related to psyche, behavior and mental health. One problem greatly found in vogue is Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD. People with ADHD, as we know, can experience serious issues with attention and impulsivity. They are far more likely to succumb to other problems like substance and drug abuse.

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Psychiatrists realize that Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders (SRAD) is often the next step for ADHD patients. They are looking for ways that can satiate their urge for suppressing their mental problem and fall victim to substance abuse. Different drugs and substances have different effects on their already vulnerable brains. They can find their depression, anxiety and social problems further aggravated. Substance abusers are badly disconnected with the society and environment. This means they are falling further into the dark abyss of psychosis.

Worst of all stages can be when these ADHD substance abusers begin to detest the life itself. Suicidal or homicidal tendencies erupt inside them and they go out taking the most feared steps. They either take their own lives or of other people who they find as easy targets. Thus, this deadly chain culminates in the death of somebody, which is horrific to say the least.

This dire research is covered in the research article, “Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders as a Risk Factor of Suicide and Homicide among Patients with ADHD: A Mini Review, by Dr. Kouichi Yoshimasu from Wakayama Medical University, Japan.

You can read this and many more researches on the topic in the journal Current Drug Abuse Reviews.

Editors Choice Article – “Drivers’ Visual Scanning Impairment Under the Influences of Alcohol and Distraction: A Literature Review”

Journal: Current Drug Abuse Reviews

Author(s): Brook Shiferaw, Con Stough and Luke Downey

cdarAbstract: Alcohol intoxication and distraction are two of the leading factors associated with impaired driving and fatalities, especially among younger drivers. However, it is currently unclear how these conditions affect mechanisms of visual attention considered essential for driving. The present article first reviews the literature to provide an overview of visual attention as it relates to driving. Secondly, the effects of alcohol and distraction on neurocognitive mechanisms of visual attention are summarised to provide a background which informs discussion of selected driving studies. Visual scanning impairment is identified as a consequence of both alcohol and distraction. Thus, experimental studies combining the use of simulated driving and eye tracking technologies are selected and critically reviewed to assess the relationship between eye movements and driving errors as possible indicators of visual scanning impairment. Seven of the eight studies selected investigated the effects of distraction while only one addressed alcohol. Evaluation of these studies suggests that distraction may affect visual scanning by increasing cognitive load which interferes with visual processing. The evidence for effects of alcohol on drivers’ visual scanning capacity is currently scarce due to the lack of research with a specific focus on impairments of eye movement in intoxicated drivers. Lack of consistency between studies is identified as a current issue which makes it difficult to compare the results of different studies. Finally, we note that our strict selection of driving studies to avoid greater disparity between them is a limitation of the present review.

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World No-Tobacco Day 2016!

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World No-Tobacco Day is observed every year on the 31st of May, to highlight the harmful effects it causes to the smokers and the passive smokers as well and encouraging the masses to realize the need to quit.

Bentham Science Publishers is in the forefront in creating awareness about this through the research in the journals Current Drug Abuse Reviews and Current Respiratory Medicine Reviews

Podcast on the article: “Laterality of Brain Activation for Risk Factors of Addiction”

Author: Dr. Harold W Gordon

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New Issue ::: Current Drug Abuse Reviews

Current Drug Abuse Reviews aims to publish the highest quality reviews, meta-analyses and drug clinical trial studies on all latest advances on alcohol and drug abuse and addiction.

Book reviews are also published. The Journal will further comprise an agenda listing relevant meetings and conferences that will take place in near future, and advertisement.

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Articles from the journal Current Drug Abuse Reviews, Volume 9 Issue 1:

  • Laterality of Brain Activation for Risk Factors of Addiction
  • Psychosocial Predictors of Relapse Among Patients with Alcohol Problems
  • Social Inequality and Substance Use and Problematic Gambling Among Adolescents and Young Adults: A Review of Epidemiological Surveys in Germany
  • Pain and Opioid Addiction: A Systematic Review and Evaluation of Pain Measurement in Patients with Opioid Dependence on Methadone Maintenance Treatment
  • Combining Stress and Dopamine Based Models of Addiction: Towards a Psycho-Neuro-Endocrinological Theory of Addiction

 

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Recently Published Issue of the Journal Current Drug Abuse Reviews

recently published issueCurrent Drug Abuse Reviews aims to publish the highest quality reviews, meta-analyses and drug clinical trial studies on all latest advances on alcohol and drug abuse and addiction.

Book reviews are also published. The Journal will further comprise an agenda listing relevant meetings and conferences that will take place in near future, and advertisement.

Following are the articles from the journal Current Drug Abuse Reviews, 7 Issue 2

Articles: Cannabis Concerns: Increased Potency, Availability and Synthetic Analogue
Author(s): Luke A. Downey and Joris C. Verster

Articles: Editorial (Thematic Issue: Introduction to ‘Beneficial Effects of Psychedelics with a Special Focus on Addictions’)
Author(s): R. Kortekaas and Joost J. Breeksema

Articles: Ayahuasca, Psychedelic Studies and Health Sciences: The Politics of Knowledge and Inquiry into an Amazonian Plant Brew
Author(s): Kenneth W. Tupper and Beatriz C. Labate

Articles: Crisis Intervention Related to the Use of Psychoactive Substances in Recreational Settings – Evaluating the Kosmicare Project at Boom Festival

Author(s): Maria Carmo Carvalho, Mariana Pinto de Sousa, Paula Frango, Pedro Dias, Joana Carvalho, Marta Rodrigues and Tania Rodrigues

Articles: Psychedelics as Medicines for Substance Abuse Rehabilitation: Evaluating Treatments with LSD, Peyote, Ibogaine and Ayahuasca
Author(s): Michael Winkelman

Articles: A Qualitative Report on the Subjective Experience of Intravenous Psilocybin Administered in an fMRI Environment
Author(s): S. Turton, D.J. Nutt and R.L. Carhart-Harris

Articles: Salvinorin A and Related Compounds as Therapeutic Drugs for Psychostimulant-Related Disorders
Author(s): R.G. dos Santos, J.A.S. Crippa, J.P. Machado-de-Sousa and J.E.C. Hallak             

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