Drug Abuse News

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1/2/2014
Troubled Launch of 'Obamacare' Tops Health News for 2013

Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy, new heart care guidelines also made headlines

12/27/2013
Secure Your Prescription Drugs When Hosting Holiday Parties: Experts

Some guests might be tempted by easy access to medicines

12/9/2013
Doctors' Group Urges Tighter Controls on Prescription Painkillers

American College of Physicians issues guidelines for preventing these and other drugs from being abused

12/9/2013
OxyContin Tops List of Abused Prescription Drugs: Survey

Painkillers like Vicodin also popular, researchers found

12/3/2013
Ecstasy Use on Rise Again Among U.S. Teens: Report

Alcohol contributing to ER visits from hallucinogen, federal officials say

11/18/2013
Heart Disease No. 1 Cause of Pregnancy-Related Deaths in California: Study

Researchers say one-third of these deaths could be prevented

11/11/2013
Study Probes Heroin Addiction's Effect on the Brain

DNA changes appear to rise with more years of drug abuse, researchers say

10/31/2013
One in 10 Teens Has Misused Prescription Painkillers: Survey

Finding suggests that ERs might provide a good opportunity to spot trouble, intervene

10/29/2013
Reports of U.S. Cases of Flesh-Eating Drug Questioned

DEA says none of the drug samples tested so far has been confirmed as home-cooked krokodil

10/25/2013
Saturday Is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

DEA urges Americans to dispose of painkillers and other unused meds at sites nationwide

10/25/2013
FDA Urges Tighter Controls on Certain Prescription Painkillers

Large supplies of often-abused drugs such as Vicodin should be harder to obtain, agency says

10/22/2013
Study Probes Why Truckers Use Booze, Illicit Drugs

Drivers who are younger or paid less more likely to be users, international review found

10/11/2013
Stress Leads Some Doctors to Abuse Prescription Drugs, Study Says

Physicians in recovery also described self-medicating for pain, depression and anxiety

9/17/2013
'Bath Salts' Drugs Led to 23,000 ER Visits in One Year: U.S. Report

These stimulants are especially dangerous when combined with other drugs, expert says

9/10/2013
Reality TV Star Discusses Addiction Recovery

'Jersey Shore' cast member Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino shares his struggle with prescription-painkiller abuse

9/10/2013
FDA Announces New Safety Measures for Narcotic Painkillers

Label warnings designed to limit use of extended-release, long-acting drugs like Oxycontin

9/4/2013
Young Americans' Prescription Med Abuse Still Down: Report

2012 national survey also found teens' drinking, tobacco use dropped over decade

8/22/2013
Abuse of Painkillers Raises Risk of Heroin Use: Study

People who used prescription drugs illegally were 19 times more likely to move to heroin

8/21/2013
Health Tip: Are You Taking Opioids as Prescribed?

Recognize the potential signs of overdose

8/13/2013
Many Risk Factors for Early Dementia Can Show Up in Teens

Alcohol abuse topped the list in large study of Swedish men

8/8/2013
Early Discipline Tied to Less Use of Drugs, Alcohol in Teens

A program to help correct disruptive behavior at ages 7 to 9 seemed to make a difference through age 17

8/2/2013
Bump Seen in Substance Abuse Treatment During Pregnancy

But number of women entering programs for alcohol use went down over last decade, U.S. report says

7/30/2013
Growing Up Poor May Raise Odds for Smoking: Study

Study suggests kids in poor families may have less self-control when it comes to healthy behaviors

7/18/2013
Childhood Abuse May Add to Drug Users' Suicide Risk

Doctors should ask patients about childhood trauma, researcher says

7/18/2013
Drug Addicts, Dealers Are 'Doctor Shopping' for Pain Pills

Fraudulent claims of pain, few checks and balances mean the practice is rife, study authors say

7/12/2013
Murderers' Minds Seem to Differ Depending on Type of Crime

Study compared mental illness, substance problems between impulsive and premeditated killers

7/2/2013
Sharp Rise in Drug Overdoses Among U.S. Women: CDC

More now die from prescription medications than from car crashes, study finds

6/12/2013
Medicine Might Help Shield Injection Drug Abusers From HIV

Study found 70 percent drop in new infections among addicts who adhered closely to tenofovir treatment

5/31/2013
Many Parents Unaware of Teens' Abuse of ADHD Drugs

So-called 'study drugs' don't boost grades, and abusing them is dangerous, researchers warn

5/29/2013
ADHD Meds Don't Raise Risk of Drug Abuse in Adulthood: Review

Analysis shows no greater threat of addiction to alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, nicotine or other drugs

5/24/2013
Parents Underestimate Influence Over Teens' Substance Abuse: Survey

1 in 5 thought child wouldn't listen to advice on the issue, but research suggests otherwise

5/23/2013
5/10/2013
Vaccine to Fight Heroin Addiction Shows Promise in Rats

Also doesn't interfere with opioid treatments for addicts, researchers say

5/9/2013
Pregnancy Adds Challenge for Teens Treated for Drug Abuse, Report Says

Substance-abuse programs may improve young women's education, income prospects

5/7/2013
Synthetic Pot Use Can Mimic Symptoms of Prenatal Disorder

Effects of this unregulated drug are unpredictable, researchers caution

4/26/2013
Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Set for Saturday

Event is an attempt to prevent the misuse of household meds, drug enforcement officials say

4/26/2013
Roadside Breath Test for Drugs Could Be on Horizon

Swedish researchers detected signs of recent cocaine, marijuana, narcotic and other substance use

4/23/2013
Prescription Drug Abuse Up Among U.S. Teens: Survey

More than 5 million, nearly 25 percent, said they had abused these medications

4/17/2013
FDA Approves 'Abuse-Deterrent' Label for New Oxycontin

Latest formulation is tougher to crush and dissolve, making illicit use more difficult

4/3/2013
Laser Therapy Switches Cocaine Addiction On, Off in Rats: Study

Trials of the brain treatment planned for humans, but with electromagnetic stimulation instead

3/26/2013
More Health Care Professionals Abusing Anesthesia Drug: Study

Those using propofol more likely to be women, depressed or have history of abuse, researchers say

3/14/2013
CDC: 1 in 50 Poor, Straight Urban Americans Infected With HIV

Drug abuse, prostitution tied to heightened risk, latest survey finds

3/6/2013
Mental Illness May Raise Risk of Being Murdered

Swedish study found 5 times higher chance of becoming a victim

2/19/2013
Drug, Alcohol Abuse More Likely Among High School Dropouts

U.S. report also confirms that kids who fail to complete school are more apt to take up cigarettes

2/1/2013
Program to Spot Painkiller ODs Saves Lives: Study

Goal is to teach family, friends what to do when someone has taken too many pills

1/31/2013
Drug Users Are 'Super-Spreaders' of Hepatitis C, Study Finds

Diagnosing, treating them early might slow rate of infection

1/30/2013
Many Cocaine Deaths Determined by Genes, Study Says

Common mutations in white people greatly increase risk of dying from the drug, researchers contend

1/26/2013
Parents Not Too Worried About Kids' Use of Pain Meds: Poll

Only one-third 'very concerned' about misuse of prescribed narcotics by children in their communities

1/25/2013
FDA Panel Votes for Tougher Curbs on Vicodin, Other Painkillers

Debate has pitted patients in chronic pain against those fighting drug abuse

1/25/2013
ER Visits Linked to ADHD Meds Up Sharply

Government report shows more cases among adults, more misuse of these drugs