Heroin News

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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

9/4/2014
10 Percent of Americans Admit to Illicit Drug Use

Marijuana tops list of substances, federal report says

5/28/2014
Today's Heroin Abusers Often Middle-Class Suburbanites: Study

Problem often starts after prescription painkiller use, researchers say

9/4/2013
Young Americans' Prescription Med Abuse Still Down: Report

2012 national survey also found teens' drinking, tobacco use dropped over decade

8/22/2013
Abuse of Painkillers Raises Risk of Heroin Use: Study

People who used prescription drugs illegally were 19 times more likely to move to heroin

5/10/2013
Vaccine to Fight Heroin Addiction Shows Promise in Rats

Also doesn't interfere with opioid treatments for addicts, researchers say

10/15/2012
Drop in Illicit Drug Use in Cities, Uptick in Prescription Drug Abuse

ER visits from street drugs declined 8 percent in 3-year period, study found

9/24/2012
Prescription Drug Abuse Drops Among U.S. Young Adults

Marijuana use on the rise, however, survey finds

7/11/2012
'Abuse-Resistant' Oxycontin May Be Driving Addicts to Heroin

Since its release, more users have turned to heroin and other opioids, study finds

7/3/2012
Methadone for Pain Relief Leading Cause of Fatal Overdoses: CDC

Drug is complex, overprescribed, CDC director says

4/25/2012
Heroin Addicts Have Higher Pain Sensitivity, Even During Treatment

Those taking methadone continue to have heightened pain responses, study finds

2/28/2012
Drug-Free Housing Helps Heroin, Oxycontin Addicts Recover

Study found higher abstinence rates with housing, day treatment

1/6/2012
Global Study Finds Drug Abuse Highest in Richer Nations

The U.S. can do its part to reduce the damage of addiction, experts say