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Opioid Use by Iraq, Afghanistan War Vets Mirrors Rest of U.S.: Study April 27, 2017

Researchers conclude that use of the painkillers is 'an American problem,' not a VA problem

Higher Illicit Pot Use in States That OK Medical Marijuana: Study April 26, 2017

Cannabis use disorder is also rising faster in states with legalization laws

When to Pick the Nose in a Medical Emergency April 21, 2017

Instead of shots, some ERs are giving patients medicine through the nostrils, researchers say

Club Drug 'Poppers' May Pose Eye Dangers April 11, 2017

Legal, nitrate-based inhalant appears to harm retinal cells, causing some vision loss, study finds

'Surprise' Designer Drugs Detected in NYC Hair Samples April 06, 2017

Stimulant-taking party-goers don't always know what they're using, study finds

Heroin Epidemic Expands Its Grip on America March 29, 2017

Use of the narcotic grew 5-fold in a decade, helped by scourge of prescription painkiller abuse

Substance Abuse Taxes the American Workplace March 24, 2017

Survey, analysis reveal the full cost of employees addicted to alcohol, painkillers and other drugs

Drinking, Drug Abuse Doubles Veterans' Suicide Risk: Study March 17, 2017

Rate 5 times higher for female vets who abuse alcohol, drugs than for female vets who don't

7 in 10 U.S. Workplaces Hit by Opioid Abuse: Survey March 10, 2017

Poll also found most employers unprepared to deal with the issue

Pot Use Tied to Higher Odds for Stroke, Heart Failure March 09, 2017

Study couldn't prove cause and effect, but experts say it's another risk factor to heed

Longer Addiction Treatment Is Better, Study Confirms March 03, 2017

Success rate goes up significantly when programs last more than 30 days, psychiatrist says

Drug OD Deaths Have Nearly Tripled Since 1999: CDC February 24, 2017

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

Many Opioid Addicts in Treatment Take Narcotics on the Side February 23, 2017

4 of 10 given buprenorphine to ease withdrawal abuse other opioids, study finds

Don't Punish Pregnant Women for Opioid Use, Docs Say February 20, 2017

Better prevention and treatment, not jail time, would stem surge in drug-addicted newborns

Amnesia Affecting Some Opioid Abusers January 26, 2017

Drug abuse may cause an unusual short-term memory syndrome, study suggests

Gene May Help Guide Black Patients' Opioid Addiction Treatment January 24, 2017

Finding suggests they may need higher doses of methadone

Obamacare Covered More People With Mental Illness, Addictions January 20, 2017

But greater numbers need to be in treatment for these conditions, researcher says

Steep Rise in Births to U.S. Women Using Opioids January 17, 2017

Few treatment programs deal with substance abuse in expectant moms, federal report says

Kids Born to Opioid-Addicted Moms Seem to Fare Poorly in School January 16, 2017

By 7th grade, 4 out of 10 failed to meet standards in at least one academic area, study finds

Innovative Programs Help Addicts Get Off Opioids December 21, 2016

Long waitlists for drug rehab led to two promising efforts in New England

Drug Overdose Deaths Climb Dramatically in U.S. December 20, 2016

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

Life After Juvenile Detention Isn't Easy, Especially for Minorities December 19, 2016

Only 1 in 5 males was working or in school full-time 12 years later, study reveals

Where You Live May Determine How You Die December 13, 2016

Breaking down mortality data by county, most pressing local health problems were pinpointed, study finds

Drug Use by U.S. Teens Drops to All-Time Low December 13, 2016

Use of tobacco and alcohol down significantly, too, federal report finds

Most Teen Smokers Also Turn to Alcohol, Drugs, Study Finds December 12, 2016

Use of multiple substances seems to be more common than thought

Rural Hospitals See Surge in Opioid-Dependent Babies December 12, 2016

Cases have skyrocketed because of widespread maternal drug abuse, study says

Use of Needle Exchange Programs Up Dramatically in 10 Years: CDC November 30, 2016

Yet, many drug users still share needles sometimes, report finds

1 in 7 Young Teens Is a Stalking Victim: Survey November 23, 2016

They're at higher risk of substance abuse and depression, researchers say

More Than Half of Americans Have Chronic Health Problem: Study November 03, 2016

Medical conditions, mental illness and substance abuse problems often overlap, researchers say

FDA Warns of Dangers From Testosterone Supplements October 26, 2016

Many American men take them, but heart and psychological issues can occur, agency says

Trauma Patients Not to Blame for Opioid Epidemic: Study October 20, 2016

Only 1 percent still took prescribed painkillers one year after hospital discharge

Mixed News on Drug Abuse Among Lesbian, Gay Americans October 13, 2016

This group is more likely to use illicit substances, but also more apt to seek out help, report finds

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

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

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