Heroin News

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12/1/2017
11/22/2017
11/21/2017
11/15/2017
10/27/2017
10/23/2017
U.S. Opioid Painkiller Abuse May Be Leveling Off

Rate plateaus as doctors are urged to recommend nondrug pain treatments

10/2/2017
Heroin Taking Bigger Share of U.S. Opioid ODs

Hospital discharges tied to the illicit drug are rising as those from prescription painkillers fall

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

9/20/2017
Opioid ODs Have Cut Into U.S. Life Expectancy: CDC

Doctors must start treating addiction, expert says

8/31/2017
Fentanyl Drives Rise in Opioid-Linked Deaths in U.S.

The synthetic drug is more powerful than heroin or morphine

8/22/2017
Many Prescribed Opioids Even After Overdose

Few receive anti-addiction medications after hospital discharge, researchers find

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

7/13/2017
Ending U.S. Opioid Abuse Epidemic Will Take Years: Report

Expert panel calls for tighter painkiller prescribing practices without denying patients in need

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

6/19/2017
Opioid Abuse Jumps 6-Fold for U.S. Youth, Too Few Get Treated: Study

Many don't receive medications recommended to beat these dependencies, researchers say

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

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

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

6/8/2017
Heart Infections Spike as Injection-Drug Abuse Climbs: CDC

Typical endocarditis patient is white, young and from a rural area, report says

6/8/2017
Heroin Vaccine Blocks Drug High in Tests on Monkeys

Researchers hope it will prove as effective in human tests and become an aid for recovering addicts

4/21/2017
Opioid Abusers at Higher Death Risk When Addiction Specialists Not Part of Care

As treatment shifts to primary care doctors and hospitals, new strategies may be needed, researchers say

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

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

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

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

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

12/15/2016
Opioid Overdoses Burden U.S. Hospitals: Report

Admissions due to heroin, painkillers rose 64 percent over decade

10/4/2016
Risk of Opioid Addiction Up 37 Percent Among Young U.S. Adults

Study also finds painkiller abuse often precedes heroin use

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

8/23/2016
Veterans' Painkiller Abuse Can Raise Odds for Heroin Use

3 of 4 who tried the illicit drug had misused prescription painkillers first: study

7/25/2016
Painkillers for Teen Athletes Won't Spur Addiction: Study

Sports may actually provide protective effect against opioid abuse

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

5/26/2016
FDA Approves Implant to Battle Opioid Addiction

Experts say steady dosing eliminates need to take medication daily to combat heroin, powerful painkillers

3/30/2016
Anti-Addiction Drug May Help Curb Painkiller, Heroin Dependence

Study finds lower relapse rate associated with naltrexone, but long-term use recommended

3/29/2016
Obama Administration Steps Up Efforts to Beat Painkiller, Heroin Epidemic

Additional funding would make medication-based treatment one of several priorities

1/13/2016
Did Painkiller Crackdown Cause Heroin Epidemic?

New commentary says no, but others disagree

1/3/2016
New Rules for Mammograms, Tanning Beds Top Health News of 2015

Female libido pill, measles outbreaks and vaccine controversy also made headlines

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

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

12/18/2015
Drug Overdoses Hit Record High: CDC

Narcotic prescription painkillers, heroin fueling the increase, researchers say

12/10/2015
Not Enough Needle Exchange Programs Outside Cities: Study

Half of all injection drug users live in rural, suburban areas

12/3/2015
More Americans Seek Treatment for Painkiller, Heroin Abuse

Report reflects changing patterns of substance abuse

11/19/2015
Drug Overdose Rates Soaring Among U.S. Youth

Report finds prescription painkillers, heroin largely to blame, with some states hit especially hard

10/28/2015
Why More Painkiller Addicts Are Using Heroin, Too

Interviews confirm desire for cheaper, more plentiful substitute

10/21/2015
Obama Administration Takes Aim at Epidemic of Heroin, Painkiller Abuse

New initiative involves government, medical groups, media, drug store chains and more

9/3/2015
Needle-Exchange Program Curbed HIV Spread, Study Finds

Washington, D.C.-based effort also saved $44 million in potential disease treatment costs over 2 years

7/7/2015
Heroin Use on the Rise Among Women, Wealthier People, CDC Finds

Prescription painkiller addiction often precedes use of street drug

5/29/2015
Inmates Denied Methadone Less Likely to Choose Treatment When Released

But nearly all given the drug-addiction medication stayed on it once freed, study finds

4/30/2015
Heroin Use Surges Among Whites Who Abuse Prescription Painkillers

Efforts to curb illicit drug use should target this population, researchers say

4/23/2015
Heroin Use Levels Off in U.S., But Still High: Report

Number of people needing treatment also rose in recent years

3/4/2015
Heroin Overdose Deaths Quadrupled Since 2000

Lethal poisonings from prescription painkillers down slightly, U.S. report says

1/14/2015
U.S. Painkiller Abuse 'Epidemic' May Be Declining, Study Says

But some people have switched to heroin

10/2/2014
Heroin Overdose Deaths Doubled in Much of U.S.: CDC Study

Heroin addiction linked to initial use of prescription painkillers, experts say