Drug Abuse News

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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

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