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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

Fewer U.S. Teens Using Illegal Drugs and Alcohol, Report Finds September 16, 2014

Plus, teen tobacco use fell to new low in 2013, government statistics show

10 Percent of Americans Admit to Illicit Drug Use September 04, 2014

Marijuana tops list of substances, federal report says

Booze, Pot Bad for Teens in Different Ways, Study Suggests September 02, 2014

Drinking tied to unsafe driving, marijuana use linked to poorer academics, job performance

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

Researchers Discover How 'Magic Mushrooms' Affect the Brain July 03, 2014

MRIs showed brain activity that mirrored what's seen in a dream-like state

Many Teens May Get Several Pro-Marijuana Tweets a Day July 02, 2014

Twitter might be influencing young people's opinions of the drug, study suggests

Treatment for Heroin Addiction Should Continue After Hospital Discharge: Study July 01, 2014

Relapse rates lower if people got both inpatient and outpatient therapy, researchers report

Multiple Drug Use Fueling Drugged-Driving Fatalities: Report June 24, 2014

Marijuana more common among younger drivers, prescription drugs among older drivers

Pot Use Might Be Linked to Abnormal Sperm June 05, 2014

Drug could impair male fertility, study suggests

Pot Isn't Harmless, Top U.S. Health Official Says June 04, 2014

Addiction, brain changes in young users are proven concerns, according to head of National Institute on Drug Abuse

Study Links Pot Use With Poor Sleep June 04, 2014

It's possible that insomnia leads some people to turn to marijuana, study authors say

Today's Heroin Abusers Often Middle-Class Suburbanites: Study May 28, 2014

Problem often starts after prescription painkiller use, researchers say

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

College Guys More Likely to Drive While Stoned Than Drunk, Study Finds May 12, 2014

As states move to ease pot laws, education programs needed, researchers suggest

Study Links Casual Marijuana Use to Changes in Brain April 15, 2014

The brain regions are tied to motivation, emotion and reward, researchers say

FDA OKs Quick-Acting Antidote for Prescription Painkiller Overdose April 03, 2014

Evzio is part of efforts to stem health risks from abuse of drugs such as Oxycontin, Vicodin

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

Risk rises with multiple ER visits, researchers say

Weed Use Up, Cocaine Use Down, U.S. Report Finds March 10, 2014

Review covered 2000 to 2010, so doesn't reflect suspected increase in heroin use

Many U.S. Women Prescribed Narcotic Pain Meds During Pregnancy February 14, 2014

Large study found 14 percent receive these powerful drugs, with effects on babies unclear

U.S. Officials Target Escalating Drug Overdoses February 11, 2014

Deadly epidemic is driven by abuse of narcotic painkillers and heroin

Pot Smoking in Pregnancy Tied to Stillbirth Risk December 10, 2013

Finding may gain significance as legalization spreads across U.S., study author says

Drug Abuse By Young Anesthesiologists Is Rare But Sometimes Deadly December 03, 2013

Study finds rates approached 1 percent during doctors' training program

Ecstasy Use on Rise Again Among U.S. Teens: Report December 03, 2013

Alcohol contributing to ER visits from hallucinogen, federal officials say

Reports of U.S. Cases of Flesh-Eating Drug Questioned October 29, 2013

DEA says none of the drug samples tested so far has been confirmed as home-cooked krokodil

Study Probes Why Truckers Use Booze, Illicit Drugs October 22, 2013

Drivers who are younger or paid less more likely to be users, international review found

Crystal Meth May Jump-Start Injection Drug Use, Study Says October 15, 2013

Researchers focused on street kids in Canada

Intensive Substance-Abuse Treatment Fails to Deliver Better Results: Study September 17, 2013

But researcher isn't ready to give up on the multi-pronged approach

Young Americans' Prescription Med Abuse Still Down: Report September 04, 2013

2012 national survey also found teens' drinking, tobacco use dropped over decade

Hundreds of Thousands of Teens Use Pot, Alcohol Each Day: Report August 29, 2013

'Too many young people are still at risk,' U.S. health official says

Mental and Substance Disorders Major Cause of Nonfatal Illnesses August 28, 2013

Opioid dependence causes greatest health burden of all illicit drugs, study shows

Hispanic Teens More Likely to Abuse Drugs: Survey August 20, 2013

Concern is that behavior is increasingly considered 'normal,' expert says

Early Sex, Drugs More Common Among Teens With Half-Siblings, Study Suggests August 11, 2013

Having children with multiple partners is increasingly common, researchers noted

Bump Seen in Substance Abuse Treatment During Pregnancy August 02, 2013

But number of women entering programs for alcohol use went down over last decade, U.S. report says

Growing Up Poor May Raise Odds for Smoking: Study July 30, 2013

Study suggests kids in poor families may have less self-control when it comes to healthy behaviors