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'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

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