July 24, 2014: FDA Approves Hard-to-Abuse Narcotic Painkiller
Targiniq ER contains naloxone, which blunts euphoria of oxycodone when tablet is crushed or broken

July 24, 2014: Tough-to-Abuse Formulation of Oxycodone Approved
Targiniq includes naloxone, which blocks euphoric effect if pill is crushed or broken

July 21, 2014: HIV Diagnoses Down in U.S., Except for Young Gay Males: CDC
Messages about safe sex may be falling on deaf ears, researcher notes

July 04, 2014: Ecstasy Use Tied to Rare Spinal Blood Vessel Problem in Teen
Drug can spike blood pressure, making existing blood vessel conditions worse, study authors say

July 01, 2014: Treatment for Heroin Addiction Should Continue After Hospital Discharge: Study
Relapse rates lower if people got both inpatient and outpatient therapy, researchers report

June 30, 2014: Kids With ADHD More Likely to Abuse Drugs: Analysis
But researchers also found that medications used to treat disorder not part of increased risk

June 19, 2014: Sharp Rise in 'Meth'-Linked ER Visits in U.S., Study Shows
Resurgence in abuse cases reverses a decline noted between 2005-2007, federal experts say

May 28, 2014: Today's Heroin Abusers Often Middle-Class Suburbanites: Study
Problem often starts after prescription painkiller use, researchers say

May 23, 2014: Mental Illness Linked to Shortened Life Spans
Poor mental health can affect longevity as much or more than heavy smoking, study finds

May 22, 2014: Sharp Rise in ER Visits Tied to Abuse of Sedative, Study Finds
Use of Xanax along with painkillers such as Oxycontin can be especially deadly, experts note

May 13, 2014: College Students' Unhealthy Habits Can Mark Their Future
Smoking, drinking, not eating right and not exercising will add up to future health woes, researchers say

April 25, 2014: Keep Prescription Drugs Secure From Teens: Expert
Too often, addiction and abuse begin at home, he warns

April 25, 2014: Legalizing Medical Marijuana Doesn't Raise Teen Pot Use, Study Says
Although a fifth of teens say they use pot, laws around medical use aren't a factor, research shows

April 23, 2014: Pot Smoking May Pose Heart Dangers, Study Suggests
But some believe the study is flawed

April 03, 2014: FDA Approves Quick-Acting Drug to Reverse Prescription Painkiller ODs
Evzio's OK is part of efforts to stem tide of overdoses from abuse of meds such as Oxycontin, Vicodin

April 01, 2014: Parents' Addiction May Be Linked to Arthritis in Offspring
More studies needed to explore the apparent association, researchers say

March 21, 2014: ERs Dispensing More Narcotic Painkillers: Study
Less-powerful drugs often better choice, depending on source of pain, doctors say

March 13, 2014: Overdoses, Cellphone-Linked Car Crashes Among Top Causes of Fatal Injury in U.S.
National Safety Council report also cites increasing numbers of falls among elderly

March 03, 2014: Nearly 3 Million Americans Living With Hepatitis C
Many aren't aware they carry the liver-destroying virus, experts say

March 03, 2014: Study Finds 1 in 3 Tennesseans Uses Narcotic Painkillers Each Year
And national research shows majority of prescription drug abusers supplied through family, friends

January 22, 2014: Synthetic Pot Tied to Surge of Emergency Cases
Colorado patients were delirious, combative, had seizures and breathing problems

January 16, 2014: Easier Way for Doctors to Identify Substance Abuse?
Study supports asking a simple question, rather than giving lengthy questionnaire

January 16, 2014: Drug Abusers at Risk for Suicidal Thoughts, Survey Finds
Expert says providing support, treatment could help prevent needless deaths in this high-risk group

January 13, 2014: Students Smoke Weed Despite Drug Testing at Schools, Study Finds
Such policies don't seem to work as well as setting clear rules, fostering respect between kids and teachers

January 02, 2014: Troubled Launch of 'Obamacare' Tops Health News for 2013
Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy, new heart care guidelines also made headlines

December 27, 2013: Secure Your Prescription Drugs When Hosting Holiday Parties: Experts
Some guests might be tempted by easy access to medicines

December 09, 2013: Doctors' Group Urges Tighter Controls on Prescription Painkillers
American College of Physicians issues guidelines for preventing these and other drugs from being abused

December 09, 2013: OxyContin Tops List of Abused Prescription Drugs: Survey
Painkillers like Vicodin also popular, researchers found

December 03, 2013: Ecstasy Use on Rise Again Among U.S. Teens: Report
Alcohol contributing to ER visits from hallucinogen, federal officials say

November 18, 2013: Heart Disease No. 1 Cause of Pregnancy-Related Deaths in California: Study
Researchers say one-third of these deaths could be prevented

November 11, 2013: Study Probes Heroin Addiction's Effect on the Brain
DNA changes appear to rise with more years of drug abuse, researchers say

October 31, 2013: One in 10 Teens Has Misused Prescription Painkillers: Survey
Finding suggests that ERs might provide a good opportunity to spot trouble, intervene

October 29, 2013: Reports of U.S. Cases of Flesh-Eating Drug Questioned
DEA says none of the drug samples tested so far has been confirmed as home-cooked krokodil

October 25, 2013: Saturday Is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
DEA urges Americans to dispose of painkillers and other unused meds at sites nationwide

October 25, 2013: FDA Urges Tighter Controls on Certain Prescription Painkillers
Large supplies of often-abused drugs such as Vicodin should be harder to obtain, agency says

October 22, 2013: Study Probes Why Truckers Use Booze, Illicit Drugs
Drivers who are younger or paid less more likely to be users, international review found

October 11, 2013: Stress Leads Some Doctors to Abuse Prescription Drugs, Study Says
Physicians in recovery also described self-medicating for pain, depression and anxiety

September 17, 2013: 'Bath Salts' Drugs Led to 23,000 ER Visits in One Year: U.S. Report
These stimulants are especially dangerous when combined with other drugs, expert says

September 10, 2013: Reality TV Star Discusses Addiction Recovery
'Jersey Shore' cast member Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino shares his struggle with prescription-painkiller abuse

September 10, 2013: FDA Announces New Safety Measures for Narcotic Painkillers
Label warnings designed to limit use of extended-release, long-acting drugs like Oxycontin

September 04, 2013: Young Americans' Prescription Med Abuse Still Down: Report
2012 national survey also found teens' drinking, tobacco use dropped over decade

August 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

August 21, 2013: Health Tip: Are You Taking Opioids as Prescribed?
Recognize the potential signs of overdose

August 13, 2013: Many Risk Factors for Early Dementia Can Show Up in Teens
Alcohol abuse topped the list in large study of Swedish men

August 08, 2013: Early Discipline Tied to Less Use of Drugs, Alcohol in Teens
A program to help correct disruptive behavior at ages 7 to 9 seemed to make a difference through age 17

August 02, 2013: Bump Seen in Substance Abuse Treatment During Pregnancy
But number of women entering programs for alcohol use went down over last decade, U.S. report says

July 30, 2013: Growing Up Poor May Raise Odds for Smoking: Study
Study suggests kids in poor families may have less self-control when it comes to healthy behaviors

July 18, 2013: Childhood Abuse May Add to Drug Users' Suicide Risk
Doctors should ask patients about childhood trauma, researcher says

July 18, 2013: Drug Addicts, Dealers Are 'Doctor Shopping' for Pain Pills
Fraudulent claims of pain, few checks and balances mean the practice is rife, study authors say

July 12, 2013: Murderers' Minds Seem to Differ Depending on Type of Crime
Study compared mental illness, substance problems between impulsive and premeditated killers