Drug Abuse News

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3/24/2016
FDA Wants Generic Narcotic Painkillers to Be Abuse-Deterrent

One more step to combat the epidemic of potent painkiller abuse

3/23/2016
Heavy Pot Use Tied to Social, Money Troubles in Mid-Life

But one marijuana advocate believes people who already have problems may often turn to the drug

3/22/2016
FDA Orders Warning Labels on Prescription Narcotic Painkillers

Immediate-release versions of addictive meds such as Oxycontin, Percocet and Vicodin to be affected

3/15/2016
CDC Issues Tough New Guidelines on Use of Prescription Painkillers

To curb abuse, doctors should try non-narcotic options for most chronic pain not involving cancer, terminal illness

3/10/2016
Pennsylvania Study Shows Fatal Drug ODs Soaring

State had a 14-fold rise in such deaths since 1979, mirroring nationwide trend

3/8/2016
Most Teens Who Abuse ADHD Meds Get Them From Others

Study finds 54 percent of kids surveyed use medications for non-medicinal purposes

2/18/2016
Schizophrenia Tied to Much Higher Risk of Suicide Attempts

Surge seen among women and people with history of drug or alcohol abuse, researchers find

2/18/2016
Fatal Overdoses Rising From Sedatives Like Valium, Xanax

When combined with narcotics, these drugs can be lethal, researcher says

2/15/2016
Study Debunks Claim That Drug Treatment Centers Are Unsafe

Comparisons in Baltimore found more violent crime near liquor and corner stores

2/9/2016
Why Americans Have Shorter Lifespans Than People in Similar Nations

Study finds shootings, crashes and drug overdoses contribute to a 2-year gap in life expectancy

1/13/2016
Spike in Newborn Drug-Withdrawal Tied to Prenatal Painkiller Use

Rise in 'neonatal abstinence syndrome' may be due to prescription narcotic use in pregnancy, expert says

12/30/2015
Painkillers Often Gateway to Heroin for U.S. Teens: Survey

Heroin is cheaper, easier to obtain than narcotics like OxyContin, experts say

12/29/2015
Prescriptions Continue for Most Who Survive Painkiller ODs: Study

Often, prescribing doctors don't even know their patients have overdosed, researchers say

12/21/2015
Florida 'Pill Mill' Crackdown May Have Curbed Painkiller ODs

Tougher prescription laws might have also reduced heroin deaths, researchers suggest

12/18/2015
Drug Overdoses Hit Record High: CDC

Narcotic prescription painkillers, heroin fueling the increase, researchers say

12/16/2015
High School Seniors Now More Likely to Smoke Pot Than Cigarettes: Survey

More kids believe marijuana isn't harmful, experts say in explaining finding

12/14/2015
Primary Care Docs the Leading Prescribers of Narcotic Painkillers: Study

More must be done to educate, monitor prescribing practices to curb drug abuse, researchers say

12/14/2015
Abuse of Prescription Painkillers, Stimulants Ups Sexual Risks for Teens

Those taking these drugs with no prescription more likely to have multiple partners, forgo condom use, study says

12/10/2015
Not Enough Needle Exchange Programs Outside Cities: Study

Half of all injection drug users live in rural, suburban areas

12/7/2015
Infertile Men May Have Higher Risk of Heart Disease, Diabetes

Doctors should look for underlying health problems, experts suggest

12/3/2015
More Americans Seek Treatment for Painkiller, Heroin Abuse

Report reflects changing patterns of substance abuse

11/25/2015
Those in Their 50s Now Largest Group Battling Addiction to Narcotics: Study

Big jump also seen in those aged 60 and older needing treatment for painkiller, heroin abuse

11/19/2015
Narcan Nasal Spray Approved to Counter Narcotic Painkiller Overdose

First-of-its-kind drug sanctioned to reverse effects of heroin or oxycodone use

11/19/2015
Drug Overdose Rates Soaring Among U.S. Youth

Report finds prescription painkillers, heroin largely to blame, with some states hit especially hard

11/19/2015
FDA Approves Nasal Spray to Reverse Narcotic Painkiller Overdose

Drug marketed as Narcan offers new treatment option for family members or first responders

11/18/2015
Almost 1 in 10 Americans Has Lifelong Drug Problem

Federal study suggests only about one-quarter seek treatment for addiction

11/2/2015
Substance Abuse, Suicide Killing More White, Middle-Aged Americans: Report

Experts cite despair, especially among the least educated

10/28/2015
Narcotic Painkiller Use in Adolescence May Raise Risk of Adult Addiction

Study found those less experienced with illegal drugs were more likely to abuse narcotics later

10/26/2015
Pot Use Tied to Specific Type of Stroke in Young

Stroke patients who smoked marijuana also tended to be younger than those who didn't, study finds

10/21/2015
Obama Administration Takes Aim at Epidemic of Heroin, Painkiller Abuse

New initiative involves government, medical groups, media, drug store chains and more

10/21/2015
Pot Use Doubles Among Americans in Past Decade: Report

But some experts say some of the increase may just be more people telling the truth

10/13/2015
Prescription Painkiller Abuse Rate Down, But Many Are Addicted: Study

Second study finds 80 percent of abusers don't get treatment for their addiction

10/1/2015
'Drugged Driving' on the Rise in U.S.

Marijuana accounted for third of drugs found in systems of drivers killed in accidents

9/25/2015
8 of 10 People in Addiction Treatment Smoke, Study Finds

Helping smokers quit can improve their chance for successful drug and alcohol treatment, researcher says

9/10/2015
Fewer U.S. Teens Abusing Alcohol, Prescription Meds: Survey

Rate of smoking has also dropped dramatically over time, data shows

9/3/2015
Needle-Exchange Program Curbed HIV Spread, Study Finds

Washington, D.C.-based effort also saved $44 million in potential disease treatment costs over 2 years

9/1/2015
Dentists Drill Patients for Drug Abuse Information

Survey finds most ask about illegal substance use

9/1/2015
More College Kids Smoke Pot Now Than Cigarettes, Survey Finds

Marijuana's gain in popularity may be due to widespread notion that it's harmless, researchers say

8/27/2015
Injuries Tied to Illegal Meth Labs on the Rise: CDC

'Shake-and-bake' chemical explosions are one common, dangerous accident, agency report says

8/17/2015
Florida Laws May Help Lower Abuse of Prescription Painkillers

Change seen just a year after new rules were implemented, study found

8/7/2015
Face-to-Face Support Groups Still Best for Staying Sober: Study

Despite growing popularity of online meetings, people more likely to be honest in person

7/29/2015
U.S. Medical Groups Join to Fight Prescription Painkiller Abuse

Special task force aims to curb 'epidemic' of addiction to narcotic meds such as Oxycontin, Vicodin

7/9/2015
Painkiller Overdoses Often Involve 'Pharmacy Shopping'

Using multiple drug stores to fill prescriptions tied to raised risk of overdose death, study finds

7/7/2015
Who's Most Likely to Get Addicted to Their Narcotic Painkiller?

People with a history of smoking or abusing drugs at highest risk of long-term use, study found

6/18/2015
'Friends and Family' OD-Reversal Kits Are Saving Addicts' Lives

Narcan kits have prevented almost 27,000 deaths in two decades, researchers say

6/16/2015
Legalizing Medical Marijuana May Not Raise Pot Use by Teens: Study

Research shows no uptick in use among adolescents after states gave the nod to medical pot

6/15/2015
Pot 'Dabbing' Poses Risk of Serious Burns, Study Warns

Fires and even explosions have been linked to this practice, experts say

5/29/2015
Inmates Denied Methadone Less Likely to Choose Treatment When Released

But nearly all given the drug-addiction medication stayed on it once freed, study finds

5/18/2015
Medical Pot-Painkiller Combo Isn't Always Recipe for Abuse

But researchers say doctors should be kept informed of dual usage

5/14/2015
Multiple ER Visits Linked to Risk of Prescription-Drug Overdose Death

Researcher sees 'important window' of opportunity for intervention