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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

More Americans Seek Treatment for Painkiller, Heroin Abuse December 03, 2015

Report reflects changing patterns of substance abuse

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

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