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

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

Narcan Nasal Spray Approved to Counter Narcotic Painkiller Overdose November 19, 2015

First-of-its-kind drug sanctioned to reverse effects of heroin or oxycodone use

Drug Overdose Rates Soaring Among U.S. Youth November 19, 2015

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

FDA Approves Nasal Spray to Reverse Narcotic Painkiller Overdose November 19, 2015

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

Almost 1 in 10 Americans Has Lifelong Drug Problem November 18, 2015

Federal study suggests only about one-quarter seek treatment for addiction

Substance Abuse, Suicide Killing More White, Middle-Aged Americans: Report November 02, 2015

Experts cite despair, especially among the least educated

Narcotic Painkiller Use in Adolescence May Raise Risk of Adult Addiction October 28, 2015

Study found those less experienced with illegal drugs were more likely to abuse narcotics later

Pot Use Tied to Specific Type of Stroke in Young October 26, 2015

Stroke patients who smoked marijuana also tended to be younger than those who didn't, study finds

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

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

Pot Use Doubles Among Americans in Past Decade: Report October 21, 2015

But some experts say some of the increase may just be more people telling the truth

Prescription Painkiller Abuse Rate Down, But Many Are Addicted: Study October 13, 2015

Second study finds 80 percent of abusers don't get treatment for their addiction

'Drugged Driving' on the Rise in U.S. October 01, 2015

Marijuana accounted for third of drugs found in systems of drivers killed in accidents

8 of 10 People in Addiction Treatment Smoke, Study Finds September 25, 2015

Helping smokers quit can improve their chance for successful drug and alcohol treatment, researcher says

Fewer U.S. Teens Abusing Alcohol, Prescription Meds: Survey September 10, 2015

Rate of smoking has also dropped dramatically over time, data shows

Needle-Exchange Program Curbed HIV Spread, Study Finds September 03, 2015

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

Dentists Drill Patients for Drug Abuse Information September 01, 2015

Survey finds most ask about illegal substance use

More College Kids Smoke Pot Now Than Cigarettes, Survey Finds September 01, 2015

Marijuana's gain in popularity may be due to widespread notion that it's harmless, researchers say

Injuries Tied to Illegal Meth Labs on the Rise: CDC August 27, 2015

'Shake-and-bake' chemical explosions are one common, dangerous accident, agency report says

Florida Laws May Help Lower Abuse of Prescription Painkillers August 17, 2015

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

Face-to-Face Support Groups Still Best for Staying Sober: Study August 07, 2015

Despite growing popularity of online meetings, people more likely to be honest in person

U.S. Medical Groups Join to Fight Prescription Painkiller Abuse July 29, 2015

Special task force aims to curb 'epidemic' of addiction to narcotic meds such as Oxycontin, Vicodin

Painkiller Overdoses Often Involve 'Pharmacy Shopping' July 09, 2015

Using multiple drug stores to fill prescriptions tied to raised risk of overdose death, study finds

Who's Most Likely to Get Addicted to Their Narcotic Painkiller? July 07, 2015

People with a history of smoking or abusing drugs at highest risk of long-term use, study found

'Friends and Family' OD-Reversal Kits Are Saving Addicts' Lives June 18, 2015

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

Legalizing Medical Marijuana May Not Raise Pot Use by Teens: Study June 16, 2015

Research shows no uptick in use among adolescents after states gave the nod to medical pot

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

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

Inmates Denied Methadone Less Likely to Choose Treatment When Released May 29, 2015

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

Medical Pot-Painkiller Combo Isn't Always Recipe for Abuse May 18, 2015

But researchers say doctors should be kept informed of dual usage

Multiple ER Visits Linked to Risk of Prescription-Drug Overdose Death May 14, 2015

Researcher sees 'important window' of opportunity for intervention

ERs See Spike in Narcotic Painkiller Abuse Cases May 14, 2015

U.S. report found problem was greatest among women and patients 55 and older

More U.S. Newborns Enduring Drug Withdrawal: Study April 27, 2015

Number of babies in intensive care for addiction treatment four times higher than a decade ago

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

Number of people needing treatment also rose in recent years

'Tamper-Proof' Narcotic Painkiller May Be Curbing Abuse: Study April 20, 2015

Number of prescriptions, overdoses dropped, but heroin overdoses went up

Substance Abuse Reported by About 1 in 10 American Workers April 16, 2015

Government report detects uptick among hotel, food service employees

New Synthetic Drug 'Flakka' Triggers Crazed Behaviors April 16, 2015

Use of chemical-cousin to 'bath salts' appears to be on the rise, experts say

1 in 10 U.S. Teens Has Tried Hashish April 15, 2015

Drug is more powerful cousin of marijuana, researchers say

Pot Plus Booze Doubles Odds for Drunk Driving, Study Says April 14, 2015

Using both substances also boosts risk of relationship and work troubles

One-Quarter of Narcotic Painkillers Misused, Study Shows April 01, 2015

And about 10 percent of patients with prescriptions for these powerful drugs become addicted

U.S. Pediatricians Remain Opposed to Random Drug Tests in Schools March 30, 2015

Helping students avoid substance problems is preferred approach

Breath Test for Illegal Drugs Instead of Urine Analysis? March 10, 2015

Researchers say new method identifies contaminated aerosol particles

Painkiller-Addicted Babies a Growing U.S. Concern, Especially in Fla. March 06, 2015

Newborns suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome go through a difficult withdrawal

Methamphetamine May be More Harmful to Teen Brains February 17, 2015

MRI-based study finds illicit drug causes more damage in adolescents

Big Increase Seen in Babies Born Addicted to Narcotics February 11, 2015

Canadian study points to jump in prescription painkiller abuse in explaining trend

ADHD Linked to Earlier Use of Illicit Drugs in Teens: Study January 28, 2015

But one expert stressed that treatment for the disorder may curb those impulses

Poor Sleep Tied to More Drinking, Drug Use by Teens January 16, 2015

That increases chances of accidents, injuries and unplanned pregnancies, study says

New Form of Club Drug 'Poppers' May Pose Risks for Gay Men January 16, 2015

Study warns that revised versions are more like dangerous 'huffing' solvents

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

But some people have switched to heroin

Cocaine, Amphetamines May Up Injection Drug Users' Suicide Risk December 19, 2014

These substances doubled the likelihood of an attempt, study says

U.S. Doctors Cutting Back on Painkiller Prescriptions: Study December 08, 2014

Ninety percent of primary care physicians are concerned about abuse of powerful narcotics

Painkiller Abuse More Likely for Those Who Skip College: Study December 05, 2014

Link is especially true for females