Drug Abuse News

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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

1/6/2012
Global Study Finds Drug Abuse Highest in Richer Nations

The U.S. can do its part to reduce the damage of addiction, experts say

12/20/2011
Drug Overdoses Kill More Americans Than Car Accidents: CDC

Almost half of drug poisonings are now from abuse of prescription painkillers, researchers note

11/10/2011
Heavy Meth Use Linked to Schizophrenia

Researchers say the drug may trigger the mental disorder in susceptible people

11/7/2011
More Than a Third of Teens Turning to Alcohol, Drugs: Study

Researchers found Native Americans were the most vulnerable group

11/3/2011
More People Landing in the ER After Abusing Muscle Relaxant: Report

Carisoprodol, when misused or taken with other meds, can have dangerous sedative effects

11/2/2011
Teen Pot Use Unaffected by Medical Marijuana Law: Study

Survey data shows no difference in kids' use after Rhode Island made it legal in 2006

10/26/2011
National Drug Take-Back Day Scheduled for Saturday

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration aims to keep unused medicines away from abusers

10/19/2011
Care for Mentally Ill Vets at VA Centers May Differ Across U.S.

More research urged to explore why discrepancies exist and how they should be addressed

10/6/2011
Many Years Pass Before Folks Get Help for Drugs, Alcohol

Men tend to wait even longer than women, study finds

9/8/2011
More U.S. Adults Using Illegal Drugs: Report

Increase driven by greater marijuana use, especially among young adults

8/26/2011
Quitting Even Tougher When Smokers Battle Other Addictions

But counseling from doctors on ways to kick cigarettes is key, researchers say

8/1/2011
'Meth' Abuse Ups Risk of HIV Infection in Young Gay Men

Study found high rates of drug use among this group, and much more risky sexual behaviors

8/1/2011
When Teens Abuse Prescriptions, Addiction Often Follows

More than one in five kids prescribed a controlled medication take too much, misuse it, study finds

7/29/2011
Long-Term Opioid Therapy Often Leads to Addiction

An estimated one-third of chronic pain patients hooked on prescription drugs, study suggests

7/28/2011
Vaccine to Prevent Heroin High Works in Animals

Rats given the vaccine were less likely to push levers to obtain more drug, study finds

7/15/2011
Injection Drug Users Most in Need of Treatment, Study Says

Injection drugs linked to higher rates of abuse, addiction and other problems than other illegal drugs

7/6/2011
Talking to Teens May Help Them Cut Back on Pot Smoking

Two brief conversations about marijuana cut kids' use of the drug by up to 20%, study finds

6/30/2011
Illegal Tobacco Sales to U.S. Minors Reach All-Time Low

Downward trend the result of a federal and state partnership, report says

6/29/2011
Addiction Starts Early in American Society, Report Finds

90% of those hooked on alcohol, tobacco, drugs starting using them before age 18, research shows

6/23/2011
Surge in Number of Americans Treated for Prescription Painkiller Abuse

But 2009 report shows a decline in U.S. admissions for methamphetamine, cocaine

6/22/2011
Cocaine-Related Heart Damage May Be 'Silent'

Study of people addicted to drug finds structural harm in 83%

6/20/2011
Rise in Drug-Related Suicide Attempts by Young Men Alarms Experts

Misuse of prescription drugs part of problem, U.S. report finds

6/14/2011
Life Often Shorter for the Homeless: Study

Substance abuse, psychiatric disorders raise risk of early death

6/9/2011
Treatment for Abuse of Anti-Anxiety Drugs Tripled Over 10 Years

Misuse of Valium, Ativan and other benzodiazepines is a growing problem, report finds

6/6/2011
Cognitive Therapy Helps Depressed Drug Abusers

Treating mood disorder key to helping addicts stay off drugs, researchers say

6/6/2011
More Risky Behaviors Among Gay, Bisexual High School Students: CDC

U.S. data shows higher rates of substance abuse, suicide attempts compared to straight peers

6/1/2011
Children With ADHD More Prone to Substance Abuse: Study

They were 1.5 times more likely to smoke, drink, use drugs than unaffected kids

5/23/2011
FDA Approves Another New Drug to Fight Hepatitis C

Incivek cleared body of the liver-damaging virus faster than older meds in trials

5/14/2011
FDA Approves New Drug to Fight Hepatitis C

Victrelis appears to clear the body of the liver-damaging virus quicker than standard medicines

5/12/2011
Ecstasy Use May Make Brain Less Efficient

Findings suggest changes could be permanent, researcher says

4/22/2011
Mental Disorders Linked to Drug, Alcohol Abuse in U.S. Vets

Highest rates of substance abuse found among those with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia

3/25/2011
Alcohol May Play Dual Role in Some Cases of Elder Abuse

Small study suggests victims may have problems with substance abuse, mental illness, other conditions

3/19/2011
Teen Girls Who Befriend Boys at Higher Risk for Substance Abuse

Same isn't true for boys, who get more emotional support from girls, study found