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Given the Choice, Zebrafish Willingly Dose Themselves with Opioids

August 25, 2017

Researchers at University of Utah Health devised a system that allowed zebrafish to self-administer opioids to study drug-seeking behavior. ... Read more

The Rise of Fentanyl Deaths

August 29, 2016

As the opioid epidemic grows so does the spread of fentanyl. A new report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report shows the number of drug products testing positive for fentanyl rose 426% between 2013 and 2014 nationwide. ... Read more

Is Marijuana the Next "Big Tobacco?"

March 11, 2016

The number of Americans using marijuana is going up. As some states legalize the drug for medicinal and recreational use, more and more people are trying it, based largely on the assumption that it is non-habit forming. However, a new study shows that is far from the truth. ... Read more

Wired for Gaming: Brain Differences Found in Compulsive Video Game Players

December 21, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY - Brain scans from nearly 200 adolescent boys provide evidence that the brains of compulsive video game players are wired differently. Chronic video game play is associated with hyperconnectivity between several pairs of brain networks. Some of the changes are predicted to help game players respond to new information. Other changes are associated with distractibility and poor impulse control. The research, a collaboration between the University of Utah School of Medicine, and Chung-Ang University in South Korea, was published online in Addiction Biology on Dec. 22, 2015. ... Read more

U of U Researcher Looks for Answers to Utah's Opioid Overdose Problem

May 13, 2013

Study used posthumously culled data on opioid-related deaths to discover causes for rising trend in Utah. ... Read more