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'You've Got Cancer' Can Take Devastating Mental TollApril 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 30April 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: ExpertsApril 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 AddictsApril 06, 2016

Study finds hydromorphone an effective, widely available, licensed choice

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

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

Nearly All U.S. Doctors 'Overprescribe' Addictive Narcotic Painkillers: SurveyMarch 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-DeterrentMarch 24, 2016

One more step to combat the epidemic of potent painkiller abuse

Heavy Pot Use Tied to Social, Money Troubles in Mid-LifeMarch 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 PainkillersMarch 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 PainkillersMarch 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 SoaringMarch 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 OthersMarch 08, 2016

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

Schizophrenia Tied to Much Higher Risk of Suicide AttemptsFebruary 18, 2016

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

Fatal Overdoses Rising From Sedatives Like Valium, XanaxFebruary 18, 2016

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

Study Debunks Claim That Drug Treatment Centers Are UnsafeFebruary 15, 2016

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

Why Americans Have Shorter Lifespans Than People in Similar NationsFebruary 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 UseJanuary 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: SurveyDecember 30, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Not Enough Needle Exchange Programs Outside Cities: StudyDecember 10, 2015

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

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

Doctors should look for underlying health problems, experts suggest

More Americans Seek Treatment for Painkiller, Heroin AbuseDecember 03, 2015

Report reflects changing patterns of substance abuse

Those in Their 50s Now Largest Group Battling Addiction to Narcotics: StudyNovember 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 OverdoseNovember 19, 2015

First-of-its-kind drug sanctioned to reverse effects of heroin or oxycodone use

Drug Overdose Rates Soaring Among U.S. YouthNovember 19, 2015

Report finds prescription painkillers, heroin largely to blame, with some states hit especially hard

FDA Approves Nasal Spray to Reverse Narcotic Painkiller OverdoseNovember 19, 2015

Drug marketed as Narcan offers new treatment option for family members or first responders

Almost 1 in 10 Americans Has Lifelong Drug ProblemNovember 18, 2015

Federal study suggests only about one-quarter seek treatment for addiction

Substance Abuse, Suicide Killing More White, Middle-Aged Americans: ReportNovember 02, 2015

Experts cite despair, especially among the least educated

Narcotic Painkiller Use in Adolescence May Raise Risk of Adult AddictionOctober 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 YoungOctober 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 AbuseOctober 21, 2015

New initiative involves government, medical groups, media, drug store chains and more

Pot Use Doubles Among Americans in Past Decade: ReportOctober 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: StudyOctober 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 FindsSeptember 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: SurveySeptember 10, 2015

Rate of smoking has also dropped dramatically over time, data shows

Needle-Exchange Program Curbed HIV Spread, Study FindsSeptember 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 InformationSeptember 01, 2015

Survey finds most ask about illegal substance use

More College Kids Smoke Pot Now Than Cigarettes, Survey FindsSeptember 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: CDCAugust 27, 2015

'Shake-and-bake' chemical explosions are one common, dangerous accident, agency report says

Florida Laws May Help Lower Abuse of Prescription PainkillersAugust 17, 2015

Change seen just a year after new rules were implemented, study found

Face-to-Face Support Groups Still Best for Staying Sober: StudyAugust 07, 2015

Despite growing popularity of online meetings, people more likely to be honest in person

U.S. Medical Groups Join to Fight Prescription Painkiller AbuseJuly 29, 2015

Special task force aims to curb 'epidemic' of addiction to narcotic meds such as Oxycontin, Vicodin

Painkiller Overdoses Often Involve 'Pharmacy Shopping'July 09, 2015

Using multiple drug stores to fill prescriptions tied to raised risk of overdose death, study finds

Who's Most Likely to Get Addicted to Their Narcotic Painkiller?July 07, 2015

People with a history of smoking or abusing drugs at highest risk of long-term use, study found

'Friends and Family' OD-Reversal Kits Are Saving Addicts' LivesJune 18, 2015

Narcan kits have prevented almost 27,000 deaths in two decades, researchers say

Legalizing Medical Marijuana May Not Raise Pot Use by Teens: StudyJune 16, 2015

Research shows no uptick in use among adolescents after states gave the nod to medical pot

Pot 'Dabbing' Poses Risk of Serious Burns, Study WarnsJune 15, 2015

Fires and even explosions have been linked to this practice, experts say

Inmates Denied Methadone Less Likely to Choose Treatment When ReleasedMay 29, 2015

But nearly all given the drug-addiction medication stayed on it once freed, study finds

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