Drug Abuse News

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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

5/14/2015
ERs See Spike in Narcotic Painkiller Abuse Cases

U.S. report found problem was greatest among women and patients 55 and older

4/27/2015
More U.S. Newborns Enduring Drug Withdrawal: Study

Number of babies in intensive care for addiction treatment four times higher than a decade ago

4/23/2015
Heroin Use Levels Off in U.S., But Still High: Report

Number of people needing treatment also rose in recent years

4/20/2015
'Tamper-Proof' Narcotic Painkiller May Be Curbing Abuse: Study

Number of prescriptions, overdoses dropped, but heroin overdoses went up

4/16/2015
Substance Abuse Reported by About 1 in 10 American Workers

Government report detects uptick among hotel, food service employees

4/16/2015
New Synthetic Drug 'Flakka' Triggers Crazed Behaviors

Use of chemical-cousin to 'bath salts' appears to be on the rise, experts say

4/15/2015
1 in 10 U.S. Teens Has Tried Hashish

Drug is more powerful cousin of marijuana, researchers say

4/14/2015
Pot Plus Booze Doubles Odds for Drunk Driving, Study Says

Using both substances also boosts risk of relationship and work troubles

4/1/2015
One-Quarter of Narcotic Painkillers Misused, Study Shows

And about 10 percent of patients with prescriptions for these powerful drugs become addicted

3/30/2015
U.S. Pediatricians Remain Opposed to Random Drug Tests in Schools

Helping students avoid substance problems is preferred approach

3/10/2015
Breath Test for Illegal Drugs Instead of Urine Analysis?

Researchers say new method identifies contaminated aerosol particles