At-risk gambling and gambling disorder: where are we now and where are we going?

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José M Menchon and Susana Jimenez Murcia review a recent paper discussing gambling disorder in the UK, key research priorities and the urgent need for independent research funding.

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Substance use is higher and more excessive in transgender people: evidence, limitations and gaps

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Ivan Ezquerra-Romano summarises a systematic review looking into the prevalence of substance use among transgender people compared to their cisgender counterparts.

Today we also announce the launch of a new survey that will help us understand alcohol use in UK transgender and non-binary people.

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The North American Opioid Crisis: how it came about and how to manage it

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Rob Poole explores the recently published Stanford-Lancet Commission report on the North American Opioid Crisis, which aims to understand the opioid crisis, propose solutions to the crisis in the USA and Canada, and attempt to stop its spread internationally.

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How to measure cannabis use: introducing the ‘International Cannabis Toolkit’ or iCannToolkit

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Ian Hamilton looks at the new International Cannabis Toolkit (iCannToolkit) and considers why it’s so important that we have an internationally agreed and standardised measure for cannabis use.

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Who do we help after an opiate overdose?

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Ian Hamilton reviews a recent US study exploring the incidence of treatment for opioid use disorder in people following a non-fatal opiate overdose.

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The never-ending story: the problematic relationship between youth anxiety and later alcohol use

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Francesca Bentivigna summarises a systematic review that explores the associations of child and adolescent anxiety with later alcohol use and disorders.

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The global drug problem: who cares? #LxAddictions19

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Ian Hamilton shares his thoughts on the new Drug Use series published yesterday in The Lancet: The global drug problem – change but not progression.

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How can psychedelics treat mental illness? #PsilocybinMedicine

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Catherine Bird writes her debut elf blog on a recent opinion review by Robin Carhart-Harris entitled: How do psychedelics work?

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Women-only drug treatment services: their time has come #DAWF18

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Emma Wincup and Katharine Sacks-Jones explore the findings of a recent qualitative study that asks: Do women with complex alcohol and other drug use histories want women-only residential treatment?

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Inclusion health: a new perspective on health inequalities?

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Noortje Uphoff writes her debut elf blog on a recent paper in The Lancet, which looks at what works in inclusion health; providing an overview of effective interventions for marginalised and excluded populations.

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