Drug Abuse Social Issues News

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11/7/2017
10/25/2017
Decline in U.S. Teen Drug Abuse Means Less Crime, Violence

New stats show fighting, theft, gun use all down

9/26/2017
CDC Launches Opioid Campaign in Hard-Hit States

'It only takes a little to lose a lot' is slogan for the multi-pronged media effort

9/18/2017
9/13/2017
What You Can Do to Help Fight the Opioid Epidemic

A surgeon's group offers a blueprint for safer pain management

8/16/2017
Fatal Opioid ODs on the Rise Among U.S. Teens

And heroin led to the most deaths among 15- to 19-year-olds, CDC says

7/26/2017
Opioid Abuse Down in Younger Americans, But Up Among Older Adults

Rates have doubled in people over 50, report says

6/23/2017
Risky Behavior Triggers Vicious Cycle for Vets With PTSD

Report finds reckless acts a symptom of disorder, and they increase the odds of another traumatic experience

6/21/2017
Depressed Back Pain Patients Often Get Opioids

Study finds they are also more apt to get higher doses of the highly addictive painkillers

6/21/2017
Opioid-Linked Hospitalizations Rising Fastest for Women: Study

U.S. cases rose 75 percent for females vs. 55 percent for males over a decade, study finds

6/14/2017
As U.S. Heroin Use Reaches 20-Year High, Cost to Society Soars

Tab is nearly $51,000 for each heroin user, far more than many chronic illnesses

6/12/2017
Nearly 10 Million U.S. Adults Suffer From Mental Illness

More than a third aren't getting help, federal study says

6/9/2017
Opioids Over-Prescribed After C-Sections: Studies

Pills women don't use may end up in the wrong hands, researchers suggest

5/19/2017
ERs May Need to Rethink Opioid Prescription Practices

States should limit the number of days these drugs can be given, study suggests

4/21/2017
Cleaning, Greening Vacant Lots May Help Fight Crime

Fighting urban blight sends message that residents are paying close attention to the neighborhood

2/20/2017
Don't Punish Pregnant Women for Opioid Use, Docs Say

Better prevention and treatment, not jail time, would stem surge in drug-addicted newborns

2/16/2017
When Cocaine's in the Mix, Safe Sex May Not Be

People who use the drug are more willing to have casual sex without a condom, study shows

1/24/2017
Gene May Help Guide Black Patients' Opioid Addiction Treatment

Finding suggests they may need higher doses of methadone

1/17/2017
Steep Rise in Births to U.S. Women Using Opioids

Few treatment programs deal with substance abuse in expectant moms, federal report says

1/16/2017
Kids Born to Opioid-Addicted Moms Seem to Fare Poorly in School

By 7th grade, 4 out of 10 failed to meet standards in at least one academic area, study finds

12/8/2016
Rising Price of Opioid OD Antidote Could Cost Lives: Study

Investigators identify strategies for ensuring the drug's availability

12/6/2016
Baby Boomers Going to Pot

Americans 65-plus more than doubled their use of marijuana over 8 years, study finds

11/30/2016
Use of Needle Exchange Programs Up Dramatically in 10 Years: CDC

Yet, many drug users still share needles sometimes, report finds

11/3/2016
More Than Half of Americans Have Chronic Health Problem: Study

Medical conditions, mental illness and substance abuse problems often overlap, researchers say

10/21/2016
Saturday, Oct. 22 Is Drug Take Back Day

DEA-sponsored event offers sites to safely dispose of unused meds

9/21/2016
Opioid Epidemic Costs U.S. $78.5 Billion Annually: CDC

Economic burden includes health care, lost productivity and treatment programs

9/15/2016
Do States With Medical Marijuana Have Less Opioid Abuse?

Study of fatal car crashes finds fewer linked to opioids where medical pot is legal, but some experts are critical of the research

9/1/2016
Opioid Abuse Fueling Drug-Related Heart Infections: Study

Injecting drugs boosts the risk of infective endocarditis

9/1/2016
More U.S. Adults Using Marijuana Than Ever

Daily use nearly doubled between 2002 and 2014, study finds

8/25/2016
Amphetamines Polluting Some Urban Streams: Study

Concentration of drugs may be high enough to cause ecological changes, researchers say

8/11/2016
Keep Illicit Drugs, Booze Out of the Home to Lower Teens' Addiction Risk: Study

Early exposure ups likelihood of substance abuse when they reach their 20s, researcher says

6/2/2016
Florida's Tougher Laws May Be Cutting Opioid Prescriptions

But more measures needed to combat addiction to these pain medications, expert says

5/16/2016
Parents Often Don't Get Rid of Leftover Prescription Opioids

Pills in the home offer teens easy access, expert notes

4/28/2016
Got Unwanted Pills? Drug Take-Back Day Is April 30

National effort coordinates drop-off sites to keep prescriptions out of the hands of abusers

3/8/2016
Most Teens Who Abuse ADHD Meds Get Them From Others

Study finds 54 percent of kids surveyed use medications for non-medicinal purposes

2/15/2016
Study Debunks Claim That Drug Treatment Centers Are Unsafe

Comparisons in Baltimore found more violent crime near liquor and corner stores

2/13/2016
Obsessed Athletes More Likely to Approve of Performance-Enhancing Drugs: Study

Not being able to disconnect from the sport they play a sign of trouble, researchers warn

12/21/2015
Florida 'Pill Mill' Crackdown May Have Curbed Painkiller ODs

Tougher prescription laws might have also reduced heroin deaths, researchers suggest

12/14/2015
Abuse of Prescription Painkillers, Stimulants Ups Sexual Risks for Teens

Those taking these drugs with no prescription more likely to have multiple partners, forgo condom use, study says

11/25/2015
Those in Their 50s Now Largest Group Battling Addiction to Narcotics: Study

Big jump also seen in those aged 60 and older needing treatment for painkiller, heroin abuse

11/19/2015
FDA Approves Nasal Spray to Reverse Narcotic Painkiller Overdose

Drug marketed as Narcan offers new treatment option for family members or first responders

9/1/2015
Dentists Drill Patients for Drug Abuse Information

Survey finds most ask about illegal substance use

8/17/2015
Florida Laws May Help Lower Abuse of Prescription Painkillers

Change seen just a year after new rules were implemented, study found

8/4/2015
Regular Pot Use as Teen Not Tied to Long-Term Health Problems: Study

But findings are at odds with previous research

7/23/2015
U.S. Health Officials Examine Pot-Linked Death in Colorado

Experts aren't clear on cause, but undiagnosed mental illness might have played a part

7/9/2015
Back Pain and Depression Combo Lessens Pain Relief from Narcotic Painkillers

People with mental health illness are also more at risk of drug misuse, study says

6/18/2015
'Friends and Family' OD-Reversal Kits Are Saving Addicts' Lives

Narcan kits have prevented almost 27,000 deaths in two decades, researchers say

6/15/2015
Pot 'Dabbing' Poses Risk of Serious Burns, Study Warns

Fires and even explosions have been linked to this practice, experts say

6/11/2015
Synthetic Pot a Growing Danger, CDC Report Finds

Calls to poison control centers jumped more than 300 percent from January to April

6/9/2015
More Young Children Exposed to Marijuana, Study Finds

Kids younger than 3 may eat the drug when it's baked into brownies and cookies