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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

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

Amphetamines Polluting Some Urban Streams: Study August 25, 2016

Concentration of drugs may be high enough to cause ecological changes, researchers say

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

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

Newly Released Inmates Account for 1 in 10 Fatal ODs July 13, 2016

Many may not realize their tolerance for drugs has dropped while in prison, researcher says

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

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

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

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

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

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