Americans spent about $150 billion on cannabis, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine in 2016. This amount rivals what Americans spend on alcohol. The cannabis market was roughly the size of the cocaine and meth markets combined. Spending on cannabis, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine by Americans reached nearly $150 billion in 2016, […]

UMass Amherst public health researcher says findings highlight the need to better protect youth from high-potency products. After medical marijuana became legal in Massachusetts, cannabis-related poison control calls involving the commonwealth’s children and teenagers doubled, according to a public health investigation led by University of Massachusetts Amherst injury prevention researcher […]

Using C. elegans, Scripps Research neuroscientists Brock Grill, Kirill Martemyanov and Dandan Wang discovered a new genetic regulator of opioid signalling. Credit: Scott Wiseman for Scripps Research A team at Scripps Research in Florida has discovered a biological system that manages cells’ response to opioid drug exposure. The unexpected discovery […]

Materials scientist Jeffrey Catchmark displays blocks of a wound-healing biofoam developed by him and Dr. Scott Armen of Penn State College of Medicine. Image: Patrick Mansell The search for a styrofoam replacement leads to biomaterials with broader impact. Every scientific discovery has one thing in common: It started with a […]

Using metallic ink, researchers screen-print an antenna and sensor onto a stretchable sticker designed to adhere to skin and track pulse and other health indicators, and beam these readings to a receiver on a person’s clothing. Image credit: Bao Lab Stanford engineers have developed experimental stickers that pick up physiological […]