Drug Abuse News

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3/6/2015
Painkiller-Addicted Babies a Growing U.S. Concern, Especially in Fla.

Newborns suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome go through a difficult withdrawal

2/17/2015
Methamphetamine May be More Harmful to Teen Brains

MRI-based study finds illicit drug causes more damage in adolescents

2/11/2015
Big Increase Seen in Babies Born Addicted to Narcotics

Canadian study points to jump in prescription painkiller abuse in explaining trend

1/28/2015
ADHD Linked to Earlier Use of Illicit Drugs in Teens: Study

But one expert stressed that treatment for the disorder may curb those impulses

1/16/2015
Poor Sleep Tied to More Drinking, Drug Use by Teens

That increases chances of accidents, injuries and unplanned pregnancies, study says

1/16/2015
New Form of Club Drug 'Poppers' May Pose Risks for Gay Men

Study warns that revised versions are more like dangerous 'huffing' solvents

1/14/2015
U.S. Painkiller Abuse 'Epidemic' May Be Declining, Study Says

But some people have switched to heroin

12/29/2014
Stay Sober or Be Pulled Over This Holiday Season

State highway officials renew their warnings about drunk driving

12/19/2014
Cocaine, Amphetamines May Up Injection Drug Users' Suicide Risk

These substances doubled the likelihood of an attempt, study says

12/8/2014
U.S. Doctors Cutting Back on Painkiller Prescriptions: Study

Ninety percent of primary care physicians are concerned about abuse of powerful narcotics

12/5/2014
12/2/2014
Fatal ODs From Narcotic Painkillers Have Tripled in U.S.

CDC report also finds surge in heroin-related overdose deaths

11/25/2014
Teens Given Anxiety, Sleep Meds May Be at Risk for Drug Abuse

Study finds illicit drug use more likely after their prescribed medications run out

11/20/2014
Abuse-Resistant Prescription Painkiller Approved

Hysingla ER is only for chronic pain, and is formulated to resist crushing, dissolving

11/18/2014
Number of Pregnant Women on Narcotic Painkillers, Heroin Doubles, Study Finds

U.S. national data shows steady rise, and abuse may pose dangers to mother and baby, experts say

10/16/2014
ER Visits Linked to Synthetic Pot More Than Double, Report Finds

Misperception that it is safe makes it especially dangerous, experts say

10/6/2014
Addiction Treatment Key to Curbing Violence in Mentally Ill: Study

Tackling drug use at the outset curbs odds of aggression, study says

10/3/2014
Drug Addiction Seen as 'Moral Failing,' Survey Finds

Public sentiment more accepting of mental illness, researchers say

10/2/2014
Heroin Overdose Deaths Doubled in Much of U.S.: CDC Study

Heroin addiction linked to initial use of prescription painkillers, experts say

10/2/2014
Most Who Abuse Painkillers Are Unprepared If Overdose Strikes: Study

Although anti-OD meds are available, many addicts hold misguided views on what to do

9/27/2014
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Set for Saturday

Sites will accept medicines no longer needed that pose risks if accidentally consumed, stolen, misused

9/16/2014
Deaths From Narcotic Painkillers Quadrupled in Past Decade: CDC

Increases highest among whites, and people between 55 and 64

9/4/2014
10 Percent of Americans Admit to Illicit Drug Use

Marijuana tops list of substances, federal report says

9/2/2014
Booze, Pot Bad for Teens in Different Ways, Study Suggests

Drinking tied to unsafe driving, marijuana use linked to poorer academics, job performance

9/2/2014
'Pot Addiction' May Be Real, Study Suggests

Many teen marijuana users exhibited withdrawal symptoms when they tried to quit, researchers say

8/21/2014
U.S. to Tighten Access to Certain Narcotic Painkillers

Drugs containing hydrocodone, which include Vicodin, would be affected

8/4/2014
Abuse of Prescription Painkillers on the Rise Among High School Athletes: Survey

Teen football players use the most illegal drugs, research shows

7/24/2014
FDA Approves Hard-to-Abuse Narcotic Painkiller

Targiniq ER contains naloxone, which blunts euphoria of oxycodone when tablet is crushed or broken

7/24/2014
Tough-to-Abuse Formulation of Oxycodone Approved

Targiniq includes naloxone, which blocks euphoric effect if pill is crushed or broken

7/21/2014
HIV Diagnoses Down in U.S., Except for Young Gay Males: CDC

Messages about safe sex may be falling on deaf ears, researcher notes

7/4/2014
Ecstasy Use Tied to Rare Spinal Blood Vessel Problem in Teen

Drug can spike blood pressure, making existing blood vessel conditions worse, study authors say

7/1/2014
Treatment for Heroin Addiction Should Continue After Hospital Discharge: Study

Relapse rates lower if people got both inpatient and outpatient therapy, researchers report

6/30/2014
Kids With ADHD More Likely to Abuse Drugs: Analysis

But researchers also found that medications used to treat disorder not part of increased risk

6/19/2014
Sharp Rise in 'Meth'-Linked ER Visits in U.S., Study Shows

Resurgence in abuse cases reverses a decline noted between 2005-2007, federal experts say

5/28/2014
Today's Heroin Abusers Often Middle-Class Suburbanites: Study

Problem often starts after prescription painkiller use, researchers say

5/23/2014
Mental Illness Linked to Shortened Life Spans

Poor mental health can affect longevity as much or more than heavy smoking, study finds

5/22/2014
Sharp Rise in ER Visits Tied to Abuse of Sedative, Study Finds

Use of Xanax along with painkillers such as Oxycontin can be especially deadly, experts note

5/13/2014
College Students' Unhealthy Habits Can Mark Their Future

Smoking, drinking, not eating right and not exercising will add up to future health woes, researchers say

4/25/2014
Keep Prescription Drugs Secure From Teens: Expert

Too often, addiction and abuse begin at home, he warns

4/25/2014
Legalizing Medical Marijuana Doesn't Raise Teen Pot Use, Study Says

Although a fifth of teens say they use pot, laws around medical use aren't a factor, research shows

4/23/2014
Pot Smoking May Pose Heart Dangers, Study Suggests

But some believe the study is flawed

4/1/2014
Parents' Addiction May Be Linked to Arthritis in Offspring

More studies needed to explore the apparent association, researchers say

3/21/2014
ERs Dispensing More Narcotic Painkillers: Study

Less-powerful drugs often better choice, depending on source of pain, doctors say

3/13/2014
Overdoses, Cellphone-Linked Car Crashes Among Top Causes of Fatal Injury in U.S.

National Safety Council report also cites increasing numbers of falls among elderly

3/3/2014
Nearly 3 Million Americans Living With Hepatitis C

Many aren't aware they carry the liver-destroying virus, experts say

3/3/2014
Study Finds 1 in 3 Tennesseans Uses Narcotic Painkillers Each Year

And national research shows majority of prescription drug abusers supplied through family, friends

1/22/2014
Synthetic Pot Tied to Surge of Emergency Cases

Colorado patients were delirious, combative, had seizures and breathing problems

1/16/2014
Easier Way for Doctors to Identify Substance Abuse?

Study supports asking a simple question, rather than giving lengthy questionnaire

1/16/2014
Drug Abusers at Risk for Suicidal Thoughts, Survey Finds

Expert says providing support, treatment could help prevent needless deaths in this high-risk group

1/13/2014
Students Smoke Weed Despite Drug Testing at Schools, Study Finds

Such policies don't seem to work as well as setting clear rules, fostering respect between kids and teachers