Drug Abuse News

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2/18/2009
Nausea Drug Shows Promise Against Opioid Addiction

Ondansetron relieves withdrawal symptoms without side effects, early study shows

2/9/2009
Painkiller Abuse Increases Among Young Adults

But adolescent use of prescription pain relievers has dropped, report shows

1/27/2009
Substance Abuse Hinders TB Treatment

Almost 1 in 5 users have more contagious disease that's harder to control, study says

1/6/2009
Teens Divulge Risky Behavior on Social Networking Sites

But e-mail intervention may spur some adolescents to change, study finds

12/30/2008
Resolving to Break an Addictive Habit?

5 key steps might make it easier to start 2009 with less dependency

12/11/2008
10% of U.S. High School Seniors Use Vicodin

And the decline in marijuana use among teens is slowing, survey finds

12/9/2008
Painkillers Linked to Increase in Overdose Deaths

More popularity, availability of these medications may be reason, study suggests

12/3/2008
School-Based Program Can Change Kids' Lives

A Seattle project was linked to better education, mental health 15 years later

11/24/2008
5 Million People a Year Use Self-Help Addiction Programs

U.S. report finds 2.3 million of them currently abstain from alcohol, drugs

10/6/2008
ADHD Stimulant Meds Cut Young Girls' Drug Abuse Risk

Study mirrors previous findings in boys, researchers say

9/26/2008
3M Injected Drug Users Worldwide Could Be HIV-Positive

In some countries, prevalence of infection may be as high as 40%, study suggests

9/11/2008
'Abuse-Resistant' Form of OxyContin May Be Near

Remoxy won't give abusers the quick high they seek, study suggests

9/10/2008
Teen Brain Might Get Hooked Easier on OxyContin

Study in adolescent mice suggests developing mind more sensitive to the painkiller

9/4/2008
'Street' Drug Use Down, Rx Drug Abuse Rising: U.S. Report

Survey shows young adults moving away from coke, meth but toward prescription meds

7/30/2008
Deportation Tied to Higher HIV Risk for Men Injecting Drugs

Study in Tijuana points to need for cross-border prevention, treatment programs

7/25/2008
Drug Test Cheaters Turning to Web

Report finds dozens of products on more than 1,000 sites

7/10/2008
A Young Life Lost to Prescription Drug Abuse

Harrison Neal, 17, is one of a growing list of victims from this addiction, experts say

7/1/2008
Drug Use Increasingly Common in All Countries

U.S. has one of the highest rates, international survey finds

6/27/2008
Drug Helps Heroin Addicts Stay Clean

Those taking buprenorphine lasted almost twice as long until using again, study says

6/4/2008
Family History of Alcoholism Puts Student Drinkers at Risk

They're more likely to continue abuse after college as well as face behavioral problems

6/2/2008
Marijuana May Shrink Parts of the Brain

Drug can affect memory and result in early psychotic symptoms, researchers say

5/9/2008
Mood Disorders Put Breast Cancer Patients at Risk for PTSD

They're twice as likely to have suffered from depression before the diagnosis

5/8/2008
Computer Program Helps Drug Abusers Stay Clean

Software training supplements counseling, could also treat other psychiatric disorders

4/29/2008
Youngest Drug Users Most Likely to Leave Treatment Programs

Being homeless also contributed to early dropout rate, study says

4/22/2008
Pot Plus Alcohol Kills Young Rats' Brain Cells

Finding another warning to pregnant women that drug use can affect fetal brain development

4/18/2008
Gene Therapy in Rats Reduces Cocaine Use

Boosting brain's dopamine receptors could lead to treatments for other addictions as well

4/10/2008
User Registry May Help Docs Stem Painkiller Abuse

Stricter policies could protect patients and physicians from consequences of misuse

4/9/2008
Researchers Define Mechanism of Methamphetamine Addiction

Changes in brain's dopamine levels could point to more effective treatments of drug abuse

3/17/2008
Chest Pain May Signal Cocaine Use in Young Patients

It's important that doctors ask about drug use upfront, experts say

3/5/2008
Deficit in Brain Function Puts Teens at Risk of Drug Abuse

Frontal cortex at center of ability to control impulsive responses, study finds

3/4/2008
Substance Abusers With PTSD Face Poorer Outcomes

Finding shows half with drug dependence also have post-traumatic stress disorder

3/4/2008
Troubled Boys Will Abandon Pot When It's Deemed Uncool

But trouble-prone girls aren't swayed by adolescent drug use trends

3/3/2008
Non-Medical Use of Prescriptions Linked to Drug Abuse Risk

Study of college students finds 20% took substances without approval

3/1/2008
ADHD Drugs Won't Raise Risk of Substance Abuse

Study of young adults finds no link between stimulant treatment and alcohol, drug use

2/8/2008
Quitting Marijuana Just as Hard as Quitting Cigarettes

Study found smokers experienced irritability, anger and sleep disturbances

2/4/2008
1 in 3 Hit Songs Mentions Substance Abuse, Smoking

Rap music especially prone to these types of lyrics, survey finds

2/1/2008
Key Risk Factors for Suicide Consistent Across Globe

Sex, age, education, mental health and marital status underpin findings of 17-nation study

1/30/2008
Drug-Related Images Trigger Brain's Reward Center

Addictive substances hijack brain areas tied to urges for food, sex

12/13/2007
Fetal Alcohol Exposure May Prime Offspring for Alcoholism

Rat studies suggest the senses learn to like drinking early on

11/19/2007
Cannabis Compound May Stop Metastatic Breast Cancer

But patients can't get enough CBD from just smoking pot, scientists add

11/11/2007
Cocaine Use Dulls Brain's Sensitivity to Rewards

Findings suggest why even positive incentives don't help ease addiction

11/6/2007
Nicotine Plus Alcohol Makes Quitting Tougher

The two habits work together to maintain addiction, study suggests

10/31/2007
Right Dose of Pot Can Ease Pain

But too much can actually boost discomfort, study finds

10/25/2007
Brain Region Tied to Amphetamine Addiction

When the insula was switched off, rats lost the craving, scientists say

8/13/2007
U.S. Culture Boosts Hispanic Immigrants' Substance Abuse Risk

Rates of illegal drug use rose 13-fold after 'acculturation,' study found

7/27/2007
Pot Ups Risk for Mental Illness

The more you smoke, the greater the odds, researchers report

7/13/2007
Major Study Will Assess Painkiller Detox

Addiction to opioids such as OxyContin is rampant across U.S., experts say

7/2/2007
Medicaid Recipients Have Trouble Finding Mental Health Care

Substance abuse programs, too, are concentrated in community, not hospital, settings

6/19/2007
European Kids Using Banned Sports-Doping Drugs

3% of French 15-year-olds have tried salbutamol, steroids, study finds

6/15/2007
Meth Use Among U.S. Youth Higher Than Expected

Almost 3% of college-age Americans have tried the drug, new study finds