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'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

Injury Toll in U.S. in 2013: $671 Billion September 30, 2015

Accidents and violence the driving forces, CDC officials report

Could Marijuana Chemical Help Ease Epilepsy? September 09, 2015

Early research suggests yes, but laws limit access to the drug and its compounds

Could Psychedelic Drugs Be Good Medicine for Some? September 08, 2015

Preliminary research suggests potential benefits for psychiatric disorders, substance abuse

Teens Using E-Cigarettes to 'Vape' Pot, Survey Finds September 08, 2015

But researchers don't know how the kids are modifying the devices to get high

Mentally Ill Inmates Prone to Violence After Release: Study September 03, 2015

Researchers also see trouble for those with substance-abuse problems; call for social support plus psychiatric care

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

Many Teens With Chronic Illnesses Use Alcohol, Pot August 31, 2015

Four out of 10 high schoolers with medical conditions used one or both in past year, study found

Summer Is High Time for College Kids Trying Illegal Substances August 27, 2015

But illicit painkiller use tends to begin in winter, study finds

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

But findings are at odds with previous research

'Bath Salts' Not Widespread in U.S. High Schools, Survey Finds July 23, 2015

But nearly one in five teens who tried the stimulants are regular users

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

Meth, Coke Addiction May Affect Brains of Women More Than Men July 14, 2015

It's not clear why past drug dependence is linked to less gray matter in female brains, researchers say

Marijuana Study Counters 'Gateway' Theory July 10, 2015

It says specific reasons teens try pot are better predictors of future drug use

Heroin Use on the Rise Among Women, Wealthier People, CDC Finds July 07, 2015

Prescription painkiller addiction often precedes use of street drug

'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

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

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

More Young Children Exposed to Marijuana, Study Finds June 09, 2015

Kids younger than 3 may eat the drug when it's baked into brownies and cookies

Misuse of ADHD-Type Drugs Starts Long Before College: Study June 04, 2015

Efforts to prevent illegal use should begin in middle school

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

It May Soon Be Possible to Easily 'Brew' Narcotics May 18, 2015

While breakthrough could benefit medicine, researchers warn of potential to create illegal drugs

How Amphetamines, Cocaine Harm the Brain May 12, 2015

Scientists say they have the answer, possibly paving way for treatments

Heroin Use Surges Among Whites Who Abuse Prescription Painkillers April 30, 2015

Efforts to curb illicit drug use should target this population, researchers say

ER Practices Key to Helping Those Addicted to Painkillers: Study April 28, 2015

Giving patients drug that helps ease withdrawal works better than simple referrals, experts say

Wider Use of Naloxone Could Cut Deaths From Drug Overdoses: CDC April 24, 2015

Agency urges expanding access to the prescription antidote among EMS personnel

Drug-Related HIV Outbreak Spurs Nationwide Alert April 24, 2015

More than 140 cases of the AIDS-causing virus reported in rural Indiana

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

Substance Abuse Reported by About 1 in 10 American Workers April 16, 2015

Government report detects uptick among hotel, food service employees

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

1 in 10 U.S. Teens Has Tried Hashish April 15, 2015

Drug is more powerful cousin of marijuana, researchers 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

U.S. Pediatricians Remain Opposed to Random Drug Tests in Schools March 30, 2015

Helping students avoid substance problems is preferred approach

Counseling Beats School Suspension at Curbing Pot Use: Study March 25, 2015

Drug policies should educate students, not just penalize them, researchers note

Colorado's Legal Pot Is Potent, and a Little Dirty March 23, 2015

Marijuana three times stronger than in the 1980s, lab tests report

Teens' Heavy Pot Smoking Tied to Memory Problems March 12, 2015

Daily marijuana use also linked to brain abnormalities, study finds

Breath Test for Illegal Drugs Instead of Urine Analysis? March 10, 2015

Researchers say new method identifies contaminated aerosol particles

Heroin Overdose Deaths Quadrupled Since 2000 March 04, 2015

Lethal poisonings from prescription painkillers down slightly, U.S. report says

Mouse Study Explores Secrets of Marijuana 'Munchies' February 18, 2015

Researcher says pot might help release an appetite-stimulating hormone

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

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

Pediatricians' Group Opposes Legal Marijuana January 26, 2015

American Academy of Pediatrics says drug has potential to harm children

U.S. Painkiller Abuse 'Epidemic' May Be Declining, Study Says January 14, 2015

But some people have switched to heroin

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

These substances doubled the likelihood of an attempt, study says

Painkiller Abuse More Likely for Those Who Skip College: Study December 05, 2014

Link is especially true for females

Fatal ODs From Narcotic Painkillers Have Tripled in U.S. December 02, 2014

CDC report also finds surge in heroin-related overdose deaths

As Pot Use Rises, Teens' Grades May Fall: Study October 23, 2014

Occasional use might not have impact, but heavy users had lower test scores, researchers found

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