Drug Abuse News

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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

1/24/2013
FDA Panel Weighs Tougher Restrictions on Some Prescription Painkillers

Drugs containing hydrocodone, which include Vicodin, would be affected

1/16/2013
ER Visits Linked to Energy Drinks Double: Report

Most cases involved young adults, 42 percent involved drugs or alcohol, government survey found

1/14/2013
Pot Use-Low IQ Link Challenged in Study

New report suggests poverty plays a role, and may have thrown off results of first study

1/10/2013
Prescription Painkillers Trail Only Marijuana in Abuse Rates, Report Shows

Rising numbers of people seeking treatment for abuse of these pain drugs, federal officials say

1/10/2013
FDA Urges Studies on Safer Formulations of Narcotic Painkillers

Agency believes changes would make these powerful drugs harder to abuse

1/3/2013
Married Women More Likely to Have Positive Pregnancies: Study

They were less likely to suffer domestic violence, substance abuse, depression than other moms-to-be

1/1/2013
Economic Conditions at Birth Linked to Behavior in Teen Years

Being born during a time of chronic unemployment may boost odds of juvenile delinquency, study says

12/4/2012
'Synthetic Pot' Sending Thousands of Young People to ER: Report

Users don't know what chemical mix they're getting or which complications can arise, experts warn

11/30/2012
Mental Illness Affects 1 in 5 U.S. Adults, Survey Finds

The rate is twice as high among people aged 18 to 25 than among those over 50, report indicates

10/31/2012
Boys More Prone to OTC Drug Abuse Than Girls, Study Suggests

Survey of Cincinnati teens shows 10 percent use over-the-counter meds, like cough syrup, to get high

10/17/2012
Painkiller Abuse by Kids Way Up, Study Finds

Addiction among current generation higher than any group in history

10/15/2012
Drop in Illicit Drug Use in Cities, Uptick in Prescription Drug Abuse

ER visits from street drugs declined 8 percent in 3-year period, study found

10/1/2012
Psychiatric Disorders Often Persist in Juvenile Offenders

Alcohol, drug use common even 5 years after kids left detention center, researchers found

9/24/2012
Prescription Drug Abuse Drops Among U.S. Young Adults

Marijuana use on the rise, however, survey finds

9/17/2012
Extra Steps Urged to Cut Alcohol, Drug Use in Military: Report

Institute of Medicine suggests more screening, updated treatments for substance abuse

9/14/2012
'Doctor Shopping' Tied to Fatal Prescription Drug Overdoses

People who visit multiple physicians, pharmacies can be identified, researchers say

8/21/2012
Teens Who Drink, Smoke More Likely to Abuse Painkillers: Study

An estimated 3.5 million young adults in U.S. abuse prescription opioids, researchers say

8/2/2012
'Diverted' Medical Marijuana Use Common Among Teens: Study

Policy changes needed to keep the drug from falling into the wrong hands, researchers say

7/26/2012
Illegal 'Bath Salts' Mimic Cocaine in the Brain: Study

Bath salt is street name for a group of powerful, synthetic stimulants

7/19/2012
Monkey Study Suggests Long-Term Use of ADHD Drugs Safe

Brain development wasn't affected, and no raised risk of drug abuse was found

7/10/2012
Aging Boomers' Mental Health Woes Will Swamp Health System: Report

U.S. not equipped to handle growing number of seniors with mental health, substance use issues, researchers say

6/19/2012
More Mental Health Woes in College Kids Who Abuse Prescription Drugs

Large study found association was strongest with painkillers like OxyContin, Vicodin

6/8/2012
Mental Health Woes Raise Odds for Prescription Painkiller Abuse

Study found that young people with psychiatric illness are more likely to be prescribed these drugs

5/7/2012
Kids Most Likely to Start Abusing Painkillers at 16: Study

Prevention efforts that begin later are 'too little, too late,' researchers say

4/30/2012
U.S. Sees Tripling of Babies Born Addicted to Painkillers

They suffer from irritability, breathing problems, perhaps long-term brain damage, study finds

4/30/2012
Teen Impulsiveness Has Different Sources in ADHD, Substance Use

Imaging study finds brain networks causing behavior aren't the same

4/25/2012
Many Who First Misuse Prescription Pills Get Them From Friends, Family: Report

More than 70 percent start that way, government analysis finds

4/19/2012
Half of Young Cigarette Smokers Also Smoke Pot: Survey

Anonymous online study may have allowed more to admit use than prior studies, experts say

4/17/2012
White House Drug Policy Shifts Strategy

New plan calls for treatment, not incarceration, for non-violent offenders

4/16/2012
12-Step Meetings May Help Teens Beat Alcohol, Drug Abuse

Programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous seem to work as well in teens as in adults, study finds

4/2/2012
Drug, Alcohol Abuse Common Among U.S. Teens, Study Finds

15 percent qualified as substance abusers, and initiation may be start of lifelong troubles

3/7/2012
Genes Play a Role in Drug Abuse Risk Among Adopted Kids: Study

But good adoptive relationships offer some protection, researchers say

2/28/2012
Ecstasy Use During Pregnancy May Harm Fetus: Study

Babies exposed to ecstasy in utero had poorer motor skills, coordination at 4 months

2/9/2012
Illicit Drugs Bought Off Internet May Be Poisons, Experts Warn

Case report says victims thought they'd ordered amphetamine, but got drug that turned their skin blue

1/30/2012
More Newborns Suffering Drug Withdrawal at Birth

Doctors seeing more women taking illicit drugs, prescription painkillers during pregnancy

1/25/2012
U.S. Soldiers Face Host of Mental Health Issues

Studies found they were prone to depression, substance abuse and suicide

1/19/2012
1 in 5 U.S. Adults Suffers Mental Ills: Report

But, lack of insurance blocks many from treatment, experts say

1/10/2012
Occasional Pot Smoking Won't Harm Lungs: Study

20-year study finds a few joints a month have no effect, but other experts differ

1/6/2012
Paranoid or Placid? Scans Show Pot's Effect on Brain

Two ingredients in cannabis may affect neurology in very different ways, study shows