Drug Abuse News

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2/24/2017
Drug OD Deaths Have Nearly Tripled Since 1999: CDC

Whites, middle-aged adults hardest hit, new report finds

2/23/2017
Many Opioid Addicts in Treatment Take Narcotics on the Side

4 of 10 given buprenorphine to ease withdrawal abuse other opioids, study finds

2/20/2017
Don't Punish Pregnant Women for Opioid Use, Docs Say

Better prevention and treatment, not jail time, would stem surge in drug-addicted newborns

1/26/2017
Amnesia Affecting Some Opioid Abusers

Drug abuse may cause an unusual short-term memory syndrome, study suggests

1/24/2017
Gene May Help Guide Black Patients' Opioid Addiction Treatment

Finding suggests they may need higher doses of methadone

1/20/2017
Obamacare Covered More People With Mental Illness, Addictions

But greater numbers need to be in treatment for these conditions, researcher says

1/17/2017
Steep Rise in Births to U.S. Women Using Opioids

Few treatment programs deal with substance abuse in expectant moms, federal report says

1/16/2017
Kids Born to Opioid-Addicted Moms Seem to Fare Poorly in School

By 7th grade, 4 out of 10 failed to meet standards in at least one academic area, study finds

12/21/2016
Innovative Programs Help Addicts Get Off Opioids

Long waitlists for drug rehab led to two promising efforts in New England

12/20/2016
Drug Overdose Deaths Climb Dramatically in U.S.

Prescription painkillers and heroin lead the increase, latest government data shows

12/19/2016
Life After Juvenile Detention Isn't Easy, Especially for Minorities

Only 1 in 5 males was working or in school full-time 12 years later, study reveals

12/13/2016
Where You Live May Determine How You Die

Breaking down mortality data by county, most pressing local health problems were pinpointed, study finds

12/13/2016
Teen Substance Abuse

Use of illicit drugs declines among teenagers, according to new National survey.

12/13/2016
Drug Use by U.S. Teens Drops to All-Time Low

Use of tobacco and alcohol down significantly, too, federal report finds

12/12/2016
Most Teen Smokers Also Turn to Alcohol, Drugs, Study Finds

Use of multiple substances seems to be more common than thought

12/12/2016
Rural Hospitals See Surge in Opioid-Dependent Babies

Cases have skyrocketed because of widespread maternal drug abuse, study says

11/30/2016
Use of Needle Exchange Programs Up Dramatically in 10 Years: CDC

Yet, many drug users still share needles sometimes, report finds

11/23/2016
1 in 7 Young Teens Is a Stalking Victim: Survey

They're at higher risk of substance abuse and depression, researchers say

11/3/2016
More Than Half of Americans Have Chronic Health Problem: Study

Medical conditions, mental illness and substance abuse problems often overlap, researchers say

10/26/2016
FDA Warns of Dangers From Testosterone Supplements

Many American men take them, but heart and psychological issues can occur, agency says

10/20/2016
Trauma Patients Not to Blame for Opioid Epidemic: Study

Only 1 percent still took prescribed painkillers one year after hospital discharge

10/13/2016
Mixed News on Drug Abuse Among Lesbian, Gay Americans

This group is more likely to use illicit substances, but also more apt to seek out help, report finds

9/21/2016
Opioid Epidemic Costs U.S. $78.5 Billion Annually: CDC

Economic burden includes health care, lost productivity and treatment programs

9/15/2016
Do States With Medical Marijuana Have Less Opioid Abuse?

Study of fatal car crashes finds fewer linked to opioids where medical pot is legal, but some experts are critical of the research

9/13/2016
Most on Opioid Painkillers OK With Getting Overdose Antidote: Survey

More than a third said it improved their drug-taking behavior

9/1/2016
Opioid Abuse Fueling Drug-Related Heart Infections: Study

Injecting drugs boosts the risk of infective endocarditis

8/30/2016
Non-addictive Painkiller Shows Promise in Animal Trials

But human studies have yet to be done

8/25/2016
Synthetic Fentanyl Fueling Surge in Overdose Deaths: CDC

U.S. Surgeon General urges doctors to join the fight against opioid addiction epidemic

8/17/2016
Meds May Curb Risky Behaviors for Kids With ADHD

Study found drug abuse, STDs and injuries were lower among teens who take meds

8/16/2016
U.S. College Kids Drink More, Smoke Less Than Others Their Age

Full-time students aged 18 to 22 also have higher rates of binge-drinking, survey finds

8/11/2016
Steep Rise in U.S. Babies Born to Opioid-Addicted Mothers

Cases of 'neonatal abstinence syndrome' quadrupled between 1999 and 2013, CDC says

8/11/2016
Keep Illicit Drugs, Booze Out of the Home to Lower Teens' Addiction Risk: Study

Early exposure ups likelihood of substance abuse when they reach their 20s, researcher says

8/10/2016
Addiction Risk Low for Seniors Taking Post-Op Opioids: Study

Vast majority of patients used the meds short-term to ease their pain

8/9/2016
Fake Xanax Cut With Potent Pain Med Can Be a Killer

1 person died, 8 were sickened when illicit pills circulated in San Francisco, doctors report

8/3/2016
1 in 5 Opioid Users Also Might Be Abusing Seizure Drug: Study

Doctors should screen for presence of gabapentin, researchers advise

7/22/2016
Pain Raises Risk of Opioid Addiction

Men and younger people had higher odds of painkiller abuse, study found

7/20/2016
Opioid Abusers Missing Out on Addiction-Fighting Drug

Painkillers are easier to prescribe than the drug that battles dependence on them, addiction specialist says

7/20/2016
Why Kicking the Opioid Habit Can Be So Tough

Withdrawal, and the fear of chronic pain's return, keep some people dependent for years, addiction experts say

7/15/2016
Do ADHD Medicines Boost Substance Abuse Risk?

Chances were actually lower the earlier stimulants were started, and the longer they were taken

7/13/2016
Newly Released Inmates Account for 1 in 10 Fatal ODs

Many may not realize their tolerance for drugs has dropped while in prison, researcher says

7/13/2016
Cash Rewards Won't Change Outcomes for HIV-Infected Drug Addicts: Study

Trial offered 'financial incentives' for healthy behavior change, with little effect, researchers say

6/28/2016
Programs to Spot Painkiller Abuse Work, But Are Underused

Study found monitoring program in Maine was only used by 56 percent of pharmacists

6/24/2016
Opioid Update: Painkiller Misuse in U.S. Doubled in Decade

Over 4 percent of adults reported nonmedical use of drugs like OxyContin in 2012-2013

6/23/2016
Drug Monitoring Programs Do Curb Overdose Deaths: Study

Opioid epidemic demands such measures, researcher says

6/22/2016
Tighter Opioid Laws in U.S. Haven't Eased Misuse

Study of disabled workers finds no change in painkiller use, overdoses

6/16/2016
Painkiller That Killed Prince Part of Dangerous Wave of New Synthetic Drugs

Opioid fentanyl and related street drugs highly lethal, addiction experts say

6/3/2016
Many Addicts Going Without Meds That Curb Opioid Abuse

In 2013, just 17 percent were given drugs like naltrexone after hospital discharge, study found

6/2/2016
Florida's Tougher Laws May Be Cutting Opioid Prescriptions

But more measures needed to combat addiction to these pain medications, expert says

5/12/2016
Chronic Pain May Trigger Many Cases of Painkiller Addiction: Survey

Drug counselors should consider whether people are self-medicating, researchers say

5/5/2016
Addicts Using Diarrhea Drug Imodium to Get High

Trend is increasing among those who can't get opioid prescription painkillers, experts say