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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Set for Saturday September 27, 2014

Sites will accept medicines no longer needed that pose risks if accidentally consumed, stolen, misused

Deaths From Narcotic Painkillers Quadrupled in Past Decade: CDC September 16, 2014

Increases highest among whites, and people between 55 and 64

10 Percent of Americans Admit to Illicit Drug Use September 04, 2014

Marijuana tops list of substances, federal report says

Booze, Pot Bad for Teens in Different Ways, Study Suggests September 02, 2014

Drinking tied to unsafe driving, marijuana use linked to poorer academics, job performance

'Pot Addiction' May Be Real, Study Suggests September 02, 2014

Many teen marijuana users exhibited withdrawal symptoms when they tried to quit, researchers say

U.S. to Tighten Access to Certain Narcotic Painkillers August 21, 2014

Drugs containing hydrocodone, which include Vicodin, would be affected

Abuse of Prescription Painkillers on the Rise Among High School Athletes: Survey August 04, 2014

Teen football players use the most illegal drugs, research shows

Ecstasy Use Tied to Rare Spinal Blood Vessel Problem in Teen July 04, 2014

Drug can spike blood pressure, making existing blood vessel conditions worse, study authors say

Treatment for Heroin Addiction Should Continue After Hospital Discharge: Study July 01, 2014

Relapse rates lower if people got both inpatient and outpatient therapy, researchers report

Kids With ADHD More Likely to Abuse Drugs: Analysis June 30, 2014

But researchers also found that medications used to treat disorder not part of increased risk

Sharp Rise in 'Meth'-Linked ER Visits in U.S., Study Shows June 19, 2014

Resurgence in abuse cases reverses a decline noted between 2005-2007, federal experts say

Today's Heroin Abusers Often Middle-Class Suburbanites: Study May 28, 2014

Problem often starts after prescription painkiller use, researchers say

Mental Illness Linked to Shortened Life Spans May 23, 2014

Poor mental health can affect longevity as much or more than heavy smoking, study finds

Sharp Rise in ER Visits Tied to Abuse of Sedative, Study Finds May 22, 2014

Use of Xanax along with painkillers such as Oxycontin can be especially deadly, experts note

College Students' Unhealthy Habits Can Mark Their Future May 13, 2014

Smoking, drinking, not eating right and not exercising will add up to future health woes, researchers say

Keep Prescription Drugs Secure From Teens: Expert April 25, 2014

Too often, addiction and abuse begin at home, he warns

Legalizing Medical Marijuana Doesn't Raise Teen Pot Use, Study Says April 25, 2014

Although a fifth of teens say they use pot, laws around medical use aren't a factor, research shows

Pot Smoking May Pose Heart Dangers, Study Suggests April 23, 2014

But some believe the study is flawed

FDA Approves Quick-Acting Drug to Reverse Prescription Painkiller ODs April 03, 2014

Evzio's OK is part of efforts to stem tide of overdoses from abuse of meds such as Oxycontin, Vicodin

Parents' Addiction May Be Linked to Arthritis in Offspring April 01, 2014

More studies needed to explore the apparent association, researchers say

ERs Dispensing More Narcotic Painkillers: Study March 21, 2014

Less-powerful drugs often better choice, depending on source of pain, doctors say

Overdoses, Cellphone-Linked Car Crashes Among Top Causes of Fatal Injury in U.S. March 13, 2014

National Safety Council report also cites increasing numbers of falls among elderly

Nearly 3 Million Americans Living With Hepatitis C March 03, 2014

Many aren't aware they carry the liver-destroying virus, experts say

Study Finds 1 in 3 Tennesseans Uses Narcotic Painkillers Each Year March 03, 2014

And national research shows majority of prescription drug abusers supplied through family, friends

Synthetic Pot Tied to Surge of Emergency Cases January 22, 2014

Colorado patients were delirious, combative, had seizures and breathing problems

Easier Way for Doctors to Identify Substance Abuse? January 16, 2014

Study supports asking a simple question, rather than giving lengthy questionnaire

Drug Abusers at Risk for Suicidal Thoughts, Survey Finds January 16, 2014

Expert says providing support, treatment could help prevent needless deaths in this high-risk group

Students Smoke Weed Despite Drug Testing at Schools, Study Finds January 13, 2014

Such policies don't seem to work as well as setting clear rules, fostering respect between kids and teachers

Troubled Launch of 'Obamacare' Tops Health News for 2013 January 02, 2014

Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy, new heart care guidelines also made headlines

Secure Your Prescription Drugs When Hosting Holiday Parties: Experts December 27, 2013

Some guests might be tempted by easy access to medicines

Doctors' Group Urges Tighter Controls on Prescription Painkillers December 09, 2013

American College of Physicians issues guidelines for preventing these and other drugs from being abused

OxyContin Tops List of Abused Prescription Drugs: Survey December 09, 2013

Painkillers like Vicodin also popular, researchers found

Ecstasy Use on Rise Again Among U.S. Teens: Report December 03, 2013

Alcohol contributing to ER visits from hallucinogen, federal officials say

Heart Disease No. 1 Cause of Pregnancy-Related Deaths in California: Study November 18, 2013

Researchers say one-third of these deaths could be prevented

Study Probes Heroin Addiction's Effect on the Brain November 11, 2013

DNA changes appear to rise with more years of drug abuse, researchers say

One in 10 Teens Has Misused Prescription Painkillers: Survey October 31, 2013

Finding suggests that ERs might provide a good opportunity to spot trouble, intervene

Reports of U.S. Cases of Flesh-Eating Drug Questioned October 29, 2013

DEA says none of the drug samples tested so far has been confirmed as home-cooked krokodil

Saturday Is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day October 25, 2013

DEA urges Americans to dispose of painkillers and other unused meds at sites nationwide

FDA Urges Tighter Controls on Certain Prescription Painkillers October 25, 2013

Large supplies of often-abused drugs such as Vicodin should be harder to obtain, agency says

Study Probes Why Truckers Use Booze, Illicit Drugs October 22, 2013

Drivers who are younger or paid less more likely to be users, international review found

Stress Leads Some Doctors to Abuse Prescription Drugs, Study Says October 11, 2013

Physicians in recovery also described self-medicating for pain, depression and anxiety

'Bath Salts' Drugs Led to 23,000 ER Visits in One Year: U.S. Report September 17, 2013

These stimulants are especially dangerous when combined with other drugs, expert says

Reality TV Star Discusses Addiction Recovery September 10, 2013

'Jersey Shore' cast member Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino shares his struggle with prescription-painkiller abuse

FDA Announces New Safety Measures for Narcotic Painkillers September 10, 2013

Label warnings designed to limit use of extended-release, long-acting drugs like Oxycontin

Young Americans' Prescription Med Abuse Still Down: Report September 04, 2013

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

Abuse of Painkillers Raises Risk of Heroin Use: Study August 22, 2013

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

Health Tip: Are You Taking Opioids as Prescribed? August 21, 2013

Recognize the potential signs of overdose

Many Risk Factors for Early Dementia Can Show Up in Teens August 13, 2013

Alcohol abuse topped the list in large study of Swedish men

Early Discipline Tied to Less Use of Drugs, Alcohol in Teens August 08, 2013

A program to help correct disruptive behavior at ages 7 to 9 seemed to make a difference through age 17

Bump Seen in Substance Abuse Treatment During Pregnancy August 02, 2013

But number of women entering programs for alcohol use went down over last decade, U.S. report says