Drug Abuse News

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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

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