Illicit Drugs News

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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

6/15/2017
Pot Plus Booze: A Deadly Mix Behind the Wheel

Study found odds of a fatal auto accident jumped 5 times if both substances were used

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

4/27/2017
Drugs Now Involved in More Fatal U.S. Crashes Than Alcohol Alone

Study suggests deaths due to drugged driving are rising as states legalize pot and drug abuse grows

4/27/2017
Is Your Child Using Drugs?

Telltale signs to watch for

4/26/2017
Higher Illicit Pot Use in States That OK Medical Marijuana: Study

Cannabis use disorder is also rising faster in states with legalization laws

4/6/2017
'Surprise' Designer Drugs Detected in NYC Hair Samples

Stimulant-taking party-goers don't always know what they're using, study finds

3/29/2017
Heroin Epidemic Expands Its Grip on America

Use of the narcotic grew 5-fold in a decade, helped by scourge of prescription painkiller abuse

3/27/2017
Smoking Slows Recovery From Drug Abuse

People who smoke cigarettes more likely to relapse after battling drug addiction

2/27/2017
As Pot Legalization Advances, Pediatricians Warn of Dangers

Marijuana isn't benign, child health experts contend

2/24/2017
Drug OD Deaths Have Nearly Tripled Since 1999: CDC

Whites, middle-aged adults hardest hit, new report finds

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

2/10/2017
Amphetamine Abuse Abuses the Heart

Study finds arteries of recreational users look older than their years

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

Finding suggests they may need higher doses of methadone

1/20/2017
Obamacare Covered More People With Mental Illness, Addictions

But greater numbers need to be in treatment for these conditions, researcher says

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

1/12/2017
U.S. Report Cites the Good and Bad on Marijuana

Pot shown to help chronic pain, chemo-related nausea and muscle spasms in multiple sclerosis, but researchers cite risks, too

12/30/2016
DUI Rates Decline for U.S. Drivers

But that doesn't mean roads will be safe New Year's Eve; 28 million still drink and drive, survey finds

12/20/2016
Drug Overdose Deaths Climb Dramatically in U.S.

Prescription painkillers and heroin lead the increase, latest government data shows

12/14/2016
NYC 'Zombie' Outbreak Highlights Dangers of Synthetic Drug

Up to 85 times more potent than real marijuana, study says

12/13/2016
Drug Use by U.S. Teens Drops to All-Time Low

Use of tobacco and alcohol down significantly, too, federal report finds

12/12/2016
Most Teen Smokers Also Turn to Alcohol, Drugs, Study Finds

Use of multiple substances seems to be more common than thought

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

12/5/2016
Men More Likely to Use Marijuana Than Women, Study Finds

Researchers suggest 2007 recession may have spurred rise in pot use among men with low incomes

12/1/2016
'Magic Mushroom' Chemical Eases Cancer Patients' Despair

Hallucinogenic drug psilocybin relieved depression, anxiety quickly and lasted for months, studies found

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

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

10/29/2016
Alcohol, Drugs a Poor Halloween Mix

When you're under the influence, carving pumpkins and other holiday fun can lead to injury, doctor warns

10/6/2016
U.S. Life Expectancy Lags Behind Other Wealthy Nations

Diabetes, drugs and guns contribute to disappointing statistics in new global report

9/16/2016
Kids With Bipolar Disorder More Likely to Abuse Drugs, Alcohol: Study

And those who also have conduct disorder seem to face an even greater risk

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

9/8/2016
College Students Using More Pot, Fewer Opioids

Nearly 5 percent use marijuana daily, survey finds

8/25/2016
Synthetic Fentanyl Fueling Surge in Overdose Deaths: CDC

U.S. Surgeon General urges doctors to join the fight against opioid addiction epidemic

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

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

8/12/2016
ADHD Common Among College Students Who Misuse Stimulant Drugs

Study says they're also more apt to have other psychiatric issues

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

8/9/2016
Fake Xanax Cut With Potent Pain Med Can Be a Killer

1 person died, 8 were sickened when illicit pills circulated in San Francisco, doctors report

8/3/2016
1 in 5 Opioid Users Also Might Be Abusing Seizure Drug: Study

Doctors should screen for presence of gabapentin, researchers advise

7/29/2016
Fentanyl-Laced 'Norco' Is Lethal, Report Warns

New street drug combines two synthetic opioids

7/14/2016
Synthetic Pot Overdoses on the Rise in U.S.

K2-type drugs far more potent than marijuana, experts warn

7/13/2016
Newly Released Inmates Account for 1 in 10 Fatal ODs

Many may not realize their tolerance for drugs has dropped while in prison, researcher says

6/16/2016
Painkiller That Killed Prince Part of Dangerous Wave of New Synthetic Drugs

Opioid fentanyl and related street drugs highly lethal, addiction experts say

6/9/2016
Teen Smoking Down, E-Cigarette Use Up

CDC survey finds adolescents hear some health messages, but not all

5/26/2016
Probuphine Implant Approved for Opioid Dependence

New form of treatment designed to last six months

5/26/2016
1.2 Million U.S. College Students Boozing on Average Day

And over 700,000 use marijuana, government report says

5/12/2016
Chronic Pain May Trigger Many Cases of Painkiller Addiction: Survey

Drug counselors should consider whether people are self-medicating, researchers say

4/6/2016
Opioid Painkiller May Be New Treatment for Heroin Addicts

Study finds hydromorphone an effective, widely available, licensed choice