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Many Find Solace in Charlie Sheen Drama, Expert Contends

Others worry the TV star is losing to addiction or psychological demons

Follow-Up Deemed Lacking for People Taking Opioids

Study urges doctors to more carefully monitor patients on strong painkillers

Genes May Affect Severity of Drug Addiction

Finding may someday influence treatment decisions, researcher says

Pot Use in Youth Ups Risk of Psychotic Symptoms in Later Life

Longer the use, the higher the chance of long-lasting symptoms, study finds

Hallucinogens Legally Sold as 'Bath Salts' a New Threat

These products can spur self-destructive 'highs' but are legal in most states, experts warn

Helping Fellow Addicts Can Help Maintain Sobriety

Researchers find 'kinship of common suffering' in Alcoholics Anonymous predicts better recovery

Health Disparities Persist in U.S., Report Shows

Income, gender and race still influence health status, CDC data finds

Vaccine Protects Mice From Cocaine's Effects, Study Finds

Injection might one day help humans who are addicted to drugs, researcher suggests

Pop Star's Use of Salvia Puts Hallucinogen in the Spotlight

Video shows Miley Cyrus smoking herb, which experts say triggers short, intense high

Drug Abuse Treatment Rates on the Rise: U.S. Report

A 15% drop for alcohol abuse while cases of marijuana, prescription painkiller abuse rise

Genetic Trait May Predict Cocaine Sensitivity

Whites with gene variant more susceptible to drug abuse, but further research needed, study finds

Moderate Drinkers at Higher Risk of Amphetamine Abuse?

Study suggests they are more vulnerable than light drinkers

Parents' Acceptance May Help Protect Gay Teens

Less likely to turn to substance abuse, suicide as they age if they get support in their youth, study finds

Early 'Pot' Use May Harm Brain More: Study

Smoking before age 16 tied to greater executive function problems

Women Veterans Less Likely Than Male Peers to Abuse Drugs, Alcohol

But rates of prescription drug abuse are similar, survey finds

'Fake Marijuana' Users Showing Up in Emergency Rooms

Called 'K2' or 'Spice,' the drug is legal in many states

Vivitrol Approved to Prevent Opioid Relapse

Injected drug blocks brain's opioid receptors

Drug Implant for Opioid Addiction Looks Effective

But it's unlikely to revolutionize treatment, expert says

U.S. Campaign Aims to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse

Coalition urges tossing old, unused drugs, locking medicine chests

Use of Marijuana, Ecstasy, Methamphetamine on Rise in U.S.

Experts blame recession, growing acceptance of pot

Mental Illness Stigma Hard to Shake, Survey Finds

Awareness campaigns have helped educate public, but discrimination continues, experts say

Substance Abuse Admissions Double Among Older Adults

And many more are unemployed, unmarried than in early 1990s, study says

Smoked Marijuana May Ease Chronic Nerve Pain

Trial showed modest benefit for patients with neuropathy, but side effects might be problem

Prescription Painkillers Could Be New 'Gateway' Drugs

Detox patients hooked on street drugs often addicted to legal meds first, study found

Monitoring of Kidney Health Urged for Injection Drug Users

Excess protein in urine noted in about 25% who shoot up; rates higher in HIV-positive, study found

FDA Panels Reject Plan to Curb Opioid Painkiller Abuse

Stumbling block was lack of mandatory training for prescribing doctors, official says

Giving Kids Booze, Medicines Can Be Child Abuse

Parents' motives range from punishment or sedation to amusement, research suggests

Researchers Use Ecstasy to Treat PTSD

Small study finds the psychedelic drug may help, but safety issues remain

More Young Moms-to-Be Treated for Meth, Marijuana Abuse

But alcohol admissions dropped over 15 years, U.S. study finds

ER Visits Soaring for Prescription Painkiller Misuse

Abuse of OxyContin, Vicodin and the like keeps rising, U.S. government report shows

Men May Be More Vulnerable to Roller Coaster Ride of Romance

Study found young males felt ups and downs of relationships more deeply than young women

CDC Warns of Ecstasy Overdose 'Clusters' at Rave Events

In Los Angeles, 1 death, 18 hospitalizations after one such party

Certain Smokers More Apt to Quit Over Price Hikes

Cost may spur binge-drinkers, drug users and people with mental disorders to kick the habit, study found

Romance May Steer Young Adults Away From Booze, Pot

Couples less likely than singles to abuse substances after high school, study finds

Poker Players May Use Drugs to Stay Sharp at the Table

Study found 80% turned to prescription, illicit drugs for edge over competitors

20% of U.S. High Schoolers Abuse Prescription Drugs

That's more than use cocaine, methamphetamine or ecstasy, CDC report shows

Club Drug 'Special K' Could Leave Users Incontinent

Heavy use may shrink bladder capacity, trigger pelvic pain, study finds

Kids' Psychological Problems Have Long-Term Effects

Lower pay, fewer marriages among those who had depression, substance abuse in youth, study finds

Substance Abuse in Mexican Americans Differs by Gender

Men tend to be treated for alcohol misuse, women for methamphetamine use, report says

Gender Differences Show in Risk of Narcotic Abuse

Male, female patients taking painkillers have different reasons for misuse, researchers find

Tougher-to-Abuse Form of OxyContin Approved

These pills are harder to cut and dissolve, maker says

Prescription Drug Abuse Sending More to Hospitals

Overdoses of painkillers and sedatives up 65 percent in U.S., study finds

As Temperatures Rise, So Do Cocaine Deaths

N.Y. study finds that weather warmer than 75 degrees poses added risks

Dental Problems Could Point to Meth Use

The more severe the addiction, the greater the decay, study finds

Marijuana Use Can Up Psychosis Risk

Study found the longer teens smoked, the more their mental health suffered

Oxycontin Abusers Often Rely on 'Leftover' Meds From Friends

Utah study emphasizes need for unused pills to be tossed out, experts say

Workers Fear Stigma of Seeking Mental Health Care

Employers urged to do more to remove barriers to treatment

Overdoses From Prescription Painkillers on the Rise

Use of opioids such as oxycodone, hydrocodone soaring, researchers say

1 in 4 U.S. Teen Girls Involved in Violent Behavior

6 percent say they intended to cause harm, survey finds

Baby Boomers Still Doing Drugs as Seniors

Need for substance abuse treatment could double by 2020, report shows