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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

Kids Most Likely to Start Abusing Painkillers at 16: Study

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

U.S. Sees Tripling of Babies Born Addicted to Painkillers

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

Teen Impulsiveness Has Different Sources in ADHD, Substance Use

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

Many Who First Misuse Prescription Pills Get Them From Friends, Family: Report

More than 70 percent start that way, government analysis finds

Half of Young Cigarette Smokers Also Smoke Pot: Survey

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

White House Drug Policy Shifts Strategy

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

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

Drug, Alcohol Abuse Common Among U.S. Teens, Study Finds

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

Genes Play a Role in Drug Abuse Risk Among Adopted Kids: Study

But good adoptive relationships offer some protection, researchers say

Ecstasy Use During Pregnancy May Harm Fetus: Study

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

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

More Newborns Suffering Drug Withdrawal at Birth

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

U.S. Soldiers Face Host of Mental Health Issues

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

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

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

Occasional Pot Smoking Won't Harm Lungs: Study

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

Paranoid or Placid? Scans Show Pot's Effect on Brain

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

Global Study Finds Drug Abuse Highest in Richer Nations

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

Drug Overdoses Kill More Americans Than Car Accidents: CDC

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

Heavy Meth Use Linked to Schizophrenia

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

More Than a Third of Teens Turning to Alcohol, Drugs: Study

Researchers found Native Americans were the most vulnerable group

More People Landing in the ER After Abusing Muscle Relaxant: Report

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

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

National Drug Take-Back Day Scheduled for Saturday

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

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

Many Years Pass Before Folks Get Help for Drugs, Alcohol

Men tend to wait even longer than women, study finds

More U.S. Adults Using Illegal Drugs: Report

Increase driven by greater marijuana use, especially among young adults

Quitting Even Tougher When Smokers Battle Other Addictions

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

'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

When Teens Abuse Prescriptions, Addiction Often Follows

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

Long-Term Opioid Therapy Often Leads to Addiction

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

Vaccine to Prevent Heroin High Works in Animals

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

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

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

Illegal Tobacco Sales to U.S. Minors Reach All-Time Low

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

Addiction Starts Early in American Society, Report Finds

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

Surge in Number of Americans Treated for Prescription Painkiller Abuse

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

Cocaine-Related Heart Damage May Be 'Silent'

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

Rise in Drug-Related Suicide Attempts by Young Men Alarms Experts

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

Life Often Shorter for the Homeless: Study

Substance abuse, psychiatric disorders raise risk of early death

Treatment for Abuse of Anti-Anxiety Drugs Tripled Over 10 Years

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

Cognitive Therapy Helps Depressed Drug Abusers

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

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

Children With ADHD More Prone to Substance Abuse: Study

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

FDA Approves Another New Drug to Fight Hepatitis C

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

FDA Approves New Drug to Fight Hepatitis C

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

Ecstasy Use May Make Brain Less Efficient

Findings suggest changes could be permanent, researcher says

Mental Disorders Linked to Drug, Alcohol Abuse in U.S. Vets

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

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

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