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Florida Laws May Help Lower Abuse of Prescription Painkillers August 17, 2015

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

Regular Pot Use as Teen Not Tied to Long-Term Health Problems: Study August 04, 2015

But findings are at odds with previous research

U.S. Health Officials Examine Pot-Linked Death in Colorado July 23, 2015

Experts aren't clear on cause, but undiagnosed mental illness might have played a part

Back Pain and Depression Combo Lessens Pain Relief from Narcotic Painkillers July 09, 2015

People with mental health illness are also more at risk of drug misuse, study says

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

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

Synthetic Pot a Growing Danger, CDC Report Finds June 11, 2015

Calls to poison control centers jumped more than 300 percent from January to April

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

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

More Babies Born to Mothers Addicted to Pain Meds May 22, 2015

Also rising are costs to treat infants' withdrawal symptoms, study says

ERs See Spike in Narcotic Painkiller Abuse Cases May 14, 2015

U.S. report found problem was greatest among women and patients 55 and older

More U.S. Newborns Enduring Drug Withdrawal: Study April 27, 2015

Number of babies in intensive care for addiction treatment four times higher than a decade ago

Heroin Use Levels Off in U.S., But Still High: Report April 23, 2015

Number of people needing treatment also rose in recent years

'Tamper-Proof' Narcotic Painkiller May Be Curbing Abuse: Study April 20, 2015

Number of prescriptions, overdoses dropped, but heroin overdoses went up

New Synthetic Drug 'Flakka' Triggers Crazed Behaviors April 16, 2015

Use of chemical-cousin to 'bath salts' appears to be on the rise, experts say

Pot Plus Booze Doubles Odds for Drunk Driving, Study Says April 14, 2015

Using both substances also boosts risk of relationship and work troubles

One-Quarter of Narcotic Painkillers Misused, Study Shows April 01, 2015

And about 10 percent of patients with prescriptions for these powerful drugs become addicted

Methamphetamine May be More Harmful to Teen Brains February 17, 2015

MRI-based study finds illicit drug causes more damage in adolescents

Big Increase Seen in Babies Born Addicted to Narcotics February 11, 2015

Canadian study points to jump in prescription painkiller abuse in explaining trend

Cocaine, Amphetamines May Up Injection Drug Users' Suicide Risk December 19, 2014

These substances doubled the likelihood of an attempt, study says

ER Visits Linked to Synthetic Pot More Than Double, Report Finds October 16, 2014

Misperception that it is safe makes it especially dangerous, experts say

Heroin Overdose Deaths Doubled in Much of U.S.: CDC Study October 02, 2014

Heroin addiction linked to initial use of prescription painkillers, experts say

Most Who Abuse Painkillers Are Unprepared If Overdose Strikes: Study October 02, 2014

Although anti-OD meds are available, many addicts hold misguided views on what to do

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

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

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

Kids With ADHD May Also Suffer Family Troubles May 06, 2014

Study found they were more likely to come from homes affected by poverty, divorce, substance abuse

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

More studies needed to explore the apparent association, researchers 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

Repeat Drug Overdoses Raise Risk for Hospitalization, Ventilator Care March 11, 2014

Risk rises with multiple ER visits, researchers say

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

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

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

Painkillers like Vicodin also popular, researchers found

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

Drugged Driving Plays Major Role in Traffic Deaths September 27, 2013

Alone or combined with alcohol, study finds it multiplies the risk for road fatalities

'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

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

Diet Soda Habit as Bad for Teeth as Meth Addiction, Study Claims May 23, 2013

Acid in both can erode teeth over time

Vaccine to Fight Heroin Addiction Shows Promise in Rats May 10, 2013

Also doesn't interfere with opioid treatments for addicts, researchers say

Synthetic Pot Use Can Mimic Symptoms of Prenatal Disorder May 07, 2013

Effects of this unregulated drug are unpredictable, researchers caution

Roadside Breath Test for Drugs Could Be on Horizon April 26, 2013

Swedish researchers detected signs of recent cocaine, marijuana, narcotic and other substance use

Prescription Drug Abuse Up Among U.S. Teens: Survey April 23, 2013

More than 5 million, nearly 25 percent, said they had abused these medications

Even a Little Pot Use Ups College Dropout Risk March 22, 2013

Second study found similar connection with other drugs

Smoking Pot May Raise Stroke Risk in Young Adults February 06, 2013

But, experts say small study is not conclusive, tobacco smoking may have clouded results

Drug Users Are 'Super-Spreaders' of Hepatitis C, Study Finds January 31, 2013

Diagnosing, treating them early might slow rate of infection

Many Cocaine Deaths Determined by Genes, Study Says January 30, 2013

Common mutations in white people greatly increase risk of dying from the drug, researchers contend

Blood Disorder Cases Tied to Prescription Painkiller Abuse January 10, 2013

Addicts crushed, dissolved and injected Opana ER pills, CDC says

Prescription Painkillers Trail Only Marijuana in Abuse Rates, Report Shows January 10, 2013

Rising numbers of people seeking treatment for abuse of these pain drugs, federal officials say

Solo Rock Stars Die Sooner Than Those in Bands December 20, 2012

Study found rough childhood among risk factors

'Synthetic Pot' Sending Thousands of Young People to ER: Report December 04, 2012

Users don't know what chemical mix they're getting or which complications can arise, experts warn

U.S. Task Force: Baby Boomers Should Be Tested for Hepatitis C November 26, 2012

Generation has highest rate of infection, likely contracted decades ago

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