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Opioid Epidemic Costs U.S. $78.5 Billion Annually: CDC September 21, 2016

Economic burden includes health care, lost productivity and treatment programs

Do States With Medical Marijuana Have Less Opioid Abuse? September 15, 2016

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

Most on Opioid Painkillers OK With Getting Overdose Antidote: Survey September 13, 2016

More than a third said it improved their drug-taking behavior

Opioid Abuse Fueling Drug-Related Heart Infections: Study September 01, 2016

Injecting drugs boosts the risk of infective endocarditis

Non-addictive Painkiller Shows Promise in Animal Trials August 30, 2016

But human studies have yet to be done

Synthetic Fentanyl Fueling Surge in Overdose Deaths: CDC August 25, 2016

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

Meds May Curb Risky Behaviors for Kids With ADHD August 17, 2016

Study found drug abuse, STDs and injuries were lower among teens who take meds

U.S. College Kids Drink More, Smoke Less Than Others Their Age August 16, 2016

Full-time students aged 18 to 22 also have higher rates of binge-drinking, survey finds

Steep Rise in U.S. Babies Born to Opioid-Addicted Mothers August 11, 2016

Cases of 'neonatal abstinence syndrome' quadrupled between 1999 and 2013, CDC says

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

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

Addiction Risk Low for Seniors Taking Post-Op Opioids: Study August 10, 2016

Vast majority of patients used the meds short-term to ease their pain

Fake Xanax Cut With Potent Pain Med Can Be a Killer August 09, 2016

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

1 in 5 Opioid Users Also Might Be Abusing Seizure Drug: Study August 03, 2016

Doctors should screen for presence of gabapentin, researchers advise

Pain Raises Risk of Opioid Addiction July 22, 2016

Men and younger people had higher odds of painkiller abuse, study found

Opioid Abusers Missing Out on Addiction-Fighting Drug July 20, 2016

Painkillers are easier to prescribe than the drug that battles dependence on them, addiction specialist says

Why Kicking the Opioid Habit Can Be So Tough July 20, 2016

Withdrawal, and the fear of chronic pain's return, keep some people dependent for years, addiction experts say

Do ADHD Medicines Boost Substance Abuse Risk? July 15, 2016

Chances were actually lower the earlier stimulants were started, and the longer they were taken

Newly Released Inmates Account for 1 in 10 Fatal ODs July 13, 2016

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

Cash Rewards Won't Change Outcomes for HIV-Infected Drug Addicts: Study July 13, 2016

Trial offered 'financial incentives' for healthy behavior change, with little effect, researchers say

Programs to Spot Painkiller Abuse Work, But Are Underused June 28, 2016

Study found monitoring program in Maine was only used by 56 percent of pharmacists

Opioid Update: Painkiller Misuse in U.S. Doubled in Decade June 24, 2016

Over 4 percent of adults reported nonmedical use of drugs like OxyContin in 2012-2013

Drug Monitoring Programs Do Curb Overdose Deaths: Study June 23, 2016

Opioid epidemic demands such measures, researcher says

Tighter Opioid Laws in U.S. Haven't Eased Misuse June 22, 2016

Study of disabled workers finds no change in painkiller use, overdoses

Painkiller That Killed Prince Part of Dangerous Wave of New Synthetic Drugs June 16, 2016

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

Many Addicts Going Without Meds That Curb Opioid Abuse June 03, 2016

In 2013, just 17 percent were given drugs like naltrexone after hospital discharge, study found

Florida's Tougher Laws May Be Cutting Opioid Prescriptions June 02, 2016

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

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

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

Addicts Using Diarrhea Drug Imodium to Get High May 05, 2016

Trend is increasing among those who can't get opioid prescription painkillers, experts say

'You've Got Cancer' Can Take Devastating Mental Toll April 28, 2016

Study finds higher rates of depression, anxiety, substance abuse just before and after a diagnosis

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

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

Ridding U.S. of Hepatitis B, C as 'Public Health Problem' Possible: Experts April 11, 2016

Vaccine for hepatitis B and drugs that cure hepatitis C infection are giving health officials new hope

Opioid Painkiller May Be New Treatment for Heroin Addicts April 06, 2016

Study finds hydromorphone an effective, widely available, licensed choice

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

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

Nearly All U.S. Doctors 'Overprescribe' Addictive Narcotic Painkillers: Survey March 25, 2016

While 99 percent exceed the recommended 3-day dosage limit, a quarter write prescriptions for a full month

FDA Wants Generic Narcotic Painkillers to Be Abuse-Deterrent March 24, 2016

One more step to combat the epidemic of potent painkiller abuse

Heavy Pot Use Tied to Social, Money Troubles in Mid-Life March 23, 2016

But one marijuana advocate believes people who already have problems may often turn to the drug

FDA Orders Warning Labels on Prescription Narcotic Painkillers March 22, 2016

Immediate-release versions of addictive meds such as Oxycontin, Percocet and Vicodin to be affected

CDC Issues Tough New Guidelines on Use of Prescription Painkillers March 15, 2016

To curb abuse, doctors should try non-narcotic options for most chronic pain not involving cancer, terminal illness

Pennsylvania Study Shows Fatal Drug ODs Soaring March 10, 2016

State had a 14-fold rise in such deaths since 1979, mirroring nationwide trend

Most Teens Who Abuse ADHD Meds Get Them From Others March 08, 2016

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

Schizophrenia Tied to Much Higher Risk of Suicide Attempts February 18, 2016

Surge seen among women and people with history of drug or alcohol abuse, researchers find

Fatal Overdoses Rising From Sedatives Like Valium, Xanax February 18, 2016

When combined with narcotics, these drugs can be lethal, researcher says

Study Debunks Claim That Drug Treatment Centers Are Unsafe February 15, 2016

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

Why Americans Have Shorter Lifespans Than People in Similar Nations February 09, 2016

Study finds shootings, crashes and drug overdoses contribute to a 2-year gap in life expectancy

Spike in Newborn Drug-Withdrawal Tied to Prenatal Painkiller Use January 13, 2016

Rise in 'neonatal abstinence syndrome' may be due to prescription narcotic use in pregnancy, expert says

Painkillers Often Gateway to Heroin for U.S. Teens: Survey December 30, 2015

Heroin is cheaper, easier to obtain than narcotics like OxyContin, experts say

Prescriptions Continue for Most Who Survive Painkiller ODs: Study December 29, 2015

Often, prescribing doctors don't even know their patients have overdosed, researchers say

Florida 'Pill Mill' Crackdown May Have Curbed Painkiller ODs December 21, 2015

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

Not Enough Needle Exchange Programs Outside Cities: Study December 10, 2015

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

Infertile Men May Have Higher Risk of Heart Disease, Diabetes December 07, 2015

Doctors should look for underlying health problems, experts suggest

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