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Hearing loss is connected to opioid abuse.

Hearing Loss is Connected to Opioid Abuse

A study has revealed that hearing loss is connected to opioid use, and in some situations, can sometime cause a person to go completely deaf. According...

Opioid Crisis Cost Exceeds $1 Trillion

A new report estimates that the opioid crisis cost is now in excess of $1 trillion, and further concludes that the cost will continue...

Staying Hydrated in Detoxification Key, Especially for Athletes, Experts Say

Staying hydrated in detoxification and addiction recovery is vital, especially for athletes, according to experts from the American Addiction Centers (AAC). Fluids flush toxins out of...

Minnesota Renews Its Push for Tax Drug Manufacturers on Opioid Prescriptions

Governor Mark Dayton of Minnesota announced on Wednesday a renewed legislative proposal to tax drug manufactures opioid prescriptions to help fund treatment. Governor Dayton,...

Toronto High Schools Provided with OD Kits

The Toronto District School Board has announced that they will provide their high schools with OD kits that include the potentially lifesaving opioid overdose...

Oregon Gov. Declares Addiction Public Health Crisis

The Governor of Oregon, Kate Brown, has declared that addiction qualifies as a public health crisis for the state. On Tuesday, February 13, Brown announced...

White House Allots $6 Billion to Opioid Crisis

A spending agreement from the White House will provide $6 billion in funding for prevention and law enforcement efforts to combat the opioid crisis....

Purdue Pharma Discontinues Doctor Marketing

After decades of widespread criticism regarding its marketing practices, big pharma drug manufacturer Purdue Pharma LP has announced that it will no longer advertise...

New Product To Combat Opioid Crisis Turns Painkillers Into Harmless Gel

A new product to combat the opioid crisis has been unveiled. DisposeRX enables someone to responsibly dispose of leftover and unwanted medications by turning...
2 patients died after they overdosed on opioid medications.

Montana Doctor Gets 10 Years for Patient’s Fatal OD

A pain management doctor in western Montana has been convicted and sentenced after two of his patients overdosed on opioid medications he prescribed. Chris Christensen,...

ICC Begins Inquiry into Duterte’s Anti-drug Campaign for Crimes against Humanity

For the first time in a Southeast Asian nation, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has launched an inquiry into the allegations of crimes against...

New York First Responders Use App to Map ODs

A new cell phone application to map opioid overdoses in real-time has been unveiled by the Nassau County Police Department. Officials hope technology can...

Study: Depression Treatment Bolsters Opioid Recovery

A new study reveals that cessation of opioid abuse is more likely to be successful when depression is adequately treated. The study was published in...

Revamping the Drug War in the Philippines

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is reviving his drug war, a reboot the government is calling “Operation Double Barrels Reloaded.” The violent campaign against domestic...

Protected: Tracking Ecstasy in America

Every illegal substance contains the mystery of its origin: The hazy path it traveled to the user’s possession is rarely clear. Beyond the most...

Study Suggests Fewer Refills, Higher Dosages Stop Addiction

A recent study published in the BMJ (British Medical Journal) suggests that the key to curbing rates of addiction causes by prescribed painkiller medications...
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Drug Companies Sent 20 Million Opioids to a 3,000 Person West Virginia Town from...

Wholesale drug sellers sent more than 20 million opioids to Williamson, West Virginia, a small 3,000 person town sitting across the Tug Fork River...

Indiana Provides Opioid Overdose Kits Across State

The Indiana State Department of Health is distributing opioid overdose kits to 34 counties across the state. The kits will be given to emergency...

San Francisco to Retroactively Apply Marijuana Legalization to Old Convcitions

San Francisco, California will apply the state’s new marijuana legalization laws to past cases to absolve thousands of criminal convictions on the books. George...

Sessions Assigns Additional Agents to Online Opioid Patrol

United States Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III announced that a new team would be created to help the FBI expand its online opioid...

Over 23 Tons of Cocaine Unloaded in San Diego by Coast Guard

In San Diego on Thursday, January 25, the Coast Guard began to unload over 23 tons of cocaine seized from smugglers operating in the...
Opioid use has not decreased as concerns increase, poll

24-Year-Old Deputy Drug Czar Resigns from Trump’s Cabinet Over Resume Discrepancy

Taylor Weyeneth, the Deputy Chief of Staff at the Office of Drug Control Policy, (ONDCP) which is known in shorthand terms as the Drug...

LA County Substance Abuse Director Says It’s too Early to Consider Addiction Treatment with...

When considering the legitimate uses of cannabis for diseases like cancer, many are wondering if it can be used to help fight addiction. Though...

Same Number of Drug Overdose Deaths as 2016 in New Hampshire

According to data from the New Hampshire Medical Examiner’s Office, the state saw the same number of overdose deaths in 2017 as it did...

Senate Probe Concludes Opioids from China Enter U.S. By Mail

  After conducting a yearlong probe into the availability of fentanyl in the United States, a Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs investigations subcommittee concluded...
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Los Angeles Medical Director Recommends Detox Medication

Some medications have proven successful in addiction and detox treatments, while others exacerbate the problem, but they should always be taken with comprehensive treatment,...

Two Studies Point to Successful Migraine Treatments, but What are the Costs?

According to a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine, two new studies focusing on two drugs that modify the circuits in...

Sheriff’s Deputy Accused of Providing Protection for Drug Dealers

A Los Angeles County deputy sheriff was one of four men arrested on federal charges alleging they provided protection for drug dealers during the delivery...

24-Year-Old Trump Campaign Staffer Served as Deputy Drug Czar

Until recently, the Trump administration had a 24-year-old former Trump campaign staffer serving as Deputy Drug Czar, the second most important position to combat...

Maine Targets Homeless Addiction with New Bill

A new bill in the Maine legislature targets addiction in one of the state’s most vulnerable populations by providing emergency housing and substance abuse...

Mexico’s State Guerrero Emerges as the United States’ Largest Heroin Supplier

Mexico’s southwestern state of Guerrero is now the largest heroin supplier to America, contributing to the opioid epidemic that resulted in 64,000 overdose deaths...

FDA Labels Opioid Cough Meds Unsafe for Kids

The FDA has determined that opioid cold and cough medicines should not be used for treating children under the age of 18. According to a...

Sri Lanka Reverses Law Banning Women from Purchasing Alcohol

Women in Sri Lanka over the age of 18 will be able to purchase alcohol without the government’s approval for the first time in...
Alcohol-related ER visits are on the rise.

Study Reveals Increase in Alcohol-Related ER Trips

According to a recently released study, an annual increase in the number of trips to hospital emergency rooms as a result of alcohol has...

Pennsylvania Gov. Declares Opioid Epidemic a Public Health Emergency

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has declared the opioid epidemic in the state to be a public health emergency. Despite the significant efforts that have been...

Doctor Has Wife Killed After She Threatened to Expose His Opioid Ring

A doctor from New Jersey hired a hitman to kill his wife after she threatened she would expose the illicit prescription drug operation he...

LAFD SOBER Unit Transports Chronic Users to Sobering Center

The SOBER Unit, a yearlong pilot program from the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), seeks to better allocate resources by transporting chronic users to...

Backpackers Traveling in Perth Overdose on Travel Sickness Drug they Thought Was Cocaine

Two French citizens are in critical condition and a German woman is in an induced coma after a group of travelers in Perth snorted...

Alcoholism Damages DNA, Increasing Cancer Chances

A recent study has revealed that alcoholism damages DNA, which can increases the individual’s likelihood of cancer. The study was published in Nature International Journal...

Opioid Deaths in Hospitals Quadruple Over Fifteen Years, According to CDC

A study from the CDC found that opioid deaths during hospital stays quadrupled between 1993 and 2014, physician and assistant professor of health care...

Staff on Dr. Phil show Accused of Giving Alcohol, Drugs to Guests with Addictions

Todd Herzog, start of hit TV show “Survivor,” is claiming he was served alcohol and Xanax by the staff of TV show Dr. Phil...

Attorney General Sessions Rescinds Obama-era Rule Easing Federal Enforcement of Legalized Marijuana

Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III rescinded three memos from the Obama Administration that adopted a policy of non-interference with legalized marijuana in states...

Manhattan Doctor Indicted in Opioid Overdose Death

A Manhattan physician, 81 year old Dr. Martin Tesher, has been charged with unlawful prescription of narcotics to patient Nicholas Bendetto. Bendetto suffered a fatal...

LA County Substance Abuse Medical Director Says Diversity is Strength in the Fight against...

While Los Angeles County is taking on efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, only eight of California’s 58 counties have fewer opioid overdoses, says...

Bronx Teacher Killed by Fentanyl Overdose

According to investigators, a special education teacher who was found dead in a school bathroom in November died from a fatal fentanyl overdose. Toxicology reports...

Chris Christie Says Fighting Stigma Key to Beating Opioid Crisis

Chris Christie, the outgoing New Jersey Governor and Republican who led the Trump Administration’s commission on addiction says that once stigma is has been...

Gov’t Report Shows 30% Increase in Overdoses at Work

A new report compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that alcohol and drug overdoses at work killed 32% more Americans in 2016...

North Korea Bans Alcohol and Singing at Gatherings in Attempt to Undermine Christmas

As a part of his anti-Christmas campaign, Kim Jong-un has decided to ban alcohol and singing at social functions. Christmas has been a contentious...

Colorado’s Largest Drug Rehab Center Closes Doors

As of January 2, 2018, Colorado’s largest drug rehab center closes its doors despite attempts to recoup financial losses. The closure leaves many citizens...
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Norway Votes to Decriminalize Drug Use, in Favor of Treatment

Norway’s parliament has voted to decriminalize drug use this week, moving instead to focus on treatment for addicted drug users in place of punitive...

ESPN President’s Resignation Cites Substance Abuse

On December 18, ESPN President John Skipper resigned from the position, citing substance abuse and the need to seek addiction recovery treatment. Skipper made the...

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Longtime Partner Reflects on His Loss to Addiction

In a new essay appearing in Vogue, Philip Seymour Hoffman’s longtime partner and mother of their children, Mimi O’Donnell, laments the loss of the...

Maryland Prosecutors Pursue Murder, Manslaughter in Overdose Deaths

  As the opioid crisis continues to take a dire toll across the United States, prosecutors in Maryland pursue charges of murder and manslaughter in...

Coast Guard Intercepts Semi-Submersible Vessel with 3,800 lbs of Cocaine

The United States Coast Guard intercepted a semi-submersible vessel that held almost four thousand pounds of cocaine off the coast of the coast of...

FDA’s Gottlieb Suggests Corporate-Sponsored Prescription Opioid Monitoring

The Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Scott Gottlieb, made remarks at a public workshop that suggested drug manufacturers and sellers might be required to...

Around 60 Children Killed by Phillippine Police in Drug War

Around 60 children have been killed by Philippine law enforcement in the last 18 months, according to Amnesty International. They are encouraging the International...

Pennsylvania Combats Opioid Crisis with New Prescription Guidelines

Pennsylvania has taken the next step in the battle against the opioid crisis by announcing new guidelines for prescribing opioids to pediatric populations. The Pennsylvania...

Chester Bennington’s Toxicology Report Shows Only Small Amounts of Alcohol

The toxicology report of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, who killed himself in July at age 41, had only a small amount of alcohol...

Mexico Presidential Candidate Suggests Amnesty for Drug Cartel Kingpins

A leading presidential candidate in Mexico suggested over the weekend that drug cartel kingpins should receive amnesty in an attempt to bring peace to...

DoD Invests in Sea Slugs to Mitigate Soldier Addiction

The Department of Defense will provide the University of Utah with a $10 million dollar grant to investigate how the venom of sea slugs...

Montana to Sue Big Pharma Company over Opioid Crisis

The state of Montana will sue Big Pharma company Purdue, maker of prescription opioid OxyContin, over the opioid epidemic, said state Attorney General Tim...

Chris Christie Blames Fentanyl Problem on China

On Tuesday, November 28, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, the head of the White House’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis,...

Injection to Mitigate Opioid Addiction Approved by the FDA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Sublocade, an injection version of their commonly-used opioid addiction treatment medication Suboxone. Indivior is the company...

Phoenix Takes Action to Regulate Sober Living Homes Proliferated by Opioid Crisis

As Arizona has responded to the opioid crisis, sober living homes have sprung up across the state, much of which have been completely unregulated....

Maryland Program Tests Trump’s Opioid Crisis Response Plan

A Maryland program tests part of Trump’s opioid crisis response plan by waiving a decades-old law that prevented Medicaid from funding large drug rehab...

Detained Drug Smugglers are Being Held on the Coast Guard’s “Boat Prisons”

The United States Coast Guard is detaining suspected drug smugglers and traffickers for weeks and months on end on boat prisons that are being...

Conway to Manage White House Opioid Crisis Strategy

During a press conference on Wednesday, November 29, it was announced that Kellyanne Conway will be serving as point person for the White House...

Opioid Overdose Deaths Rise in Florida

The Florida Medical Examiners Commission’s annual report on drugs found in the systems of diseased persons has been released, revealing that opioid overdose deaths...

LAPD Cops Caught Allegedly Planting Drugs on Suspect in Body-Camera Footage

Body-camera footage from a LAPD police officer show that Los Angeles cops caught allegedly planting drugs on a suspect during a routine traffic stop. The...

Barriers to Addiction Recovery Cost Lives

As the opioid crisis continues to ravish the country, barriers to addiction recovery cost lives, as nearly one hundred Americans die every day from...

Detroit to Sue Opioid Drugmakers and Distributors

The Detroit City Council has approved funding to hire two law firms to represent the city as they sue opioid drugmakers and distributors they...

Mother Fatally Overdosed Cleaning Up Son’s Overdose

A mother who discovered her son overdosing in the bathroom had him brought to intensive care. However, authorities believe that the mother was exposed...

Four Arizona Doctors Prescribed Nearly 6 Million Opioids in a Year

Over the course of twelve months, four Arizona doctors prescribed nearly 6 million opioid pills with the highest-prescribing doctor writing more than 20,000 prescriptions,...

Opioid Withdrawal Device Approved by FDA

The FDA has approved an opioid withdrawal device made by Innovative Health Solutions, a company based in Southern Indiana. The device, called the NSS-2 Bridge...

Philadelphia Cop Caught in Conspiracy to Sell Drugs Seized from Dealers

A Philadelphia officer is accused of playing a role in a multi-state conspiracy to distribute drugs seized from dealers. A federal investigation has been opened...

FDA Approves Digital Tracking Sensor for Prescription Pills

A prescription pill that contains a digital tracking sensor has been approved for use by the FDA. The FDA approved Abilify MyCite, the new digital...

Rose McGowan Maintains Innocence After Turning Herself in For Cocaine Charge

Rose McGowan has maintained her innocence after turning herself in to authorities in Virginia Tuesday and was arrested for a felony possession of a...

Fentanyl Shortage Declared by FDA as Illicit Sales Soar

The FDA has declared a shortage of fentanyl citrate. However, even as the fentanyl shortage declared by the FDA affects those who legitimately acquire...

Villagers in Nepal Risk their Lives for Psychedelic Honey

Every year across the Nepali Himalaya villagers harvest psychedelic honey, risk their lives to continue an ancient tradition, and sell the harvest on the...
Replacement HHS Secretary

Trump Appoints Ex-Pharma Exec as Replacement HHS Secretary

On Monday, Donald Trump announced via twitter that Alex Azar, the former head of pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, is to serve as replacement Secretary...

Colombia Says it Has Made the Largest Cocaine Seizure in History

Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos said Wednesday that his country has conducted the largest cocaine seizure in their history of tackling Colombia’s infamous drug...

Wisconsin Overdose Deaths Rise While Prescriptions Fall

According to Wisconsin state records, the number of citizens dying of overdose deaths continues to rise even as the number of prescriptions fall. The information,...

Left Out of Opioid Crisis Conversation, Native Americans Have the Highest Overdose Rate Among...

Native Americans have the highest drug overdose rate of all minorities in the United States and have suffered some of the highest death rates....
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Florida State Greek Life Suspended After Pledge Death

Florida State University has had all Greek life suspended on the campus indefinitely in the wake of the death of a pledge. On Friday, November...
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Greek Doctors are Leaving Debt Crisis, but the Addicted Need Treatment

Ravaged by an unprecedented debt crisis, Greek doctors are leaving the country while patients with addiction have long wait lists and a lack of...

Before Trump Visit, China Denies Responsibility for Fentanyl

  On Friday, November 3, a Chinese official denied the country bore complete responsibility for fentanyl in the United States. The statement was made during a...

Ohio Needs Sober Workers but Many Fail Drug Tests

While Ohio struggles to find workers for its factories and other jobs, many applicants are failing drug tests. Not only does this affect the...

Koch Funds Ohio State University Drug Research Center

The Charles Koch Foundation has provided a $4.5 million dollar gift to fund the establishment of the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center (DEPC), a...

White House Commission Suggests 56 Strategies to Combat Opioid Crisis

Thursday the Opioid Commission tasked by President Donald Trump sent the White House a list of 56 methods to mitigate the opioid crisis. It...

Researchers Pinpoint Prescription Abuse Using Twitter

A report published in the American Journal of Toxicology details how medical researchers are searching for users on Twitter who are engaging in prescription...

California Now Has Seventh Lowest Overdose Rate in the Country

Although California is one of the states with the lowest opioid abuse, the epidemic is still killing thousands of people. While in West Virginia--the...

Anti-drug Ads to be Administration’s “Most Important Thing”

According to remarks given by Donald Trump at the White House on October 26, the “most important thing” the Trump Administration will do in...
Online tool exposes doctors’ big pharma connections

Founder of Drug Company Insys Therapeautics Charged with Bribery

John N. Kapoor, founder of Insys Therapeutics--a multibillion dollar drug company that manufactures opioids--is being charged with bribery in a scandal where he led a nationwide campaign...
Donald Trump Opioid Crisis

Trump Reneges on Declaring Opioid Crisis National Emergency

On Thursday, October 26, the Trump Administration declared the US opioid crisis to be a public health emergency. In August, Trump stated that he would...
A weight loss drug may be the newest tool to treat cocaine addiction

88 Percent of Drug Users in Bangladesh Are Young People

According to a government report, 88 percent of the people using drugs in Bangladesh are young people under the age of 40. Another study,...
Online tool exposes doctors’ big pharma connections

Online tool exposes doctors’ big pharma connections

A new online tool allows people to search for payments made by pharmaceutical and medical device companies to American physicians. The Dollars for Docs database...

Scientists Develop “Mini-Brains” to Test How Psychedelic Drugs Affect the Brain

While people have taken psychedelic drugs for much of human history, not much is known about how they truly affect the brain. That’s why...

California will soon require public notice on drug price hikes

Pharmaceutical companies selling drugs in California will soon have to notify the public two months ahead of price hikes. Legislation signed into law by...
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Opioid addiction: Saving a son or daughter from a fatal overdose

Parenting becomes more challenging when a son or daughter becomes addicted to drugs, and with opioid addiction reaching epidemic consequences, preventing a fatal overdose...
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Drug offenders allowed to seek reduced sentences in Maryland

Maryland’s mandatory minimum sentences for repeat drug offenders were lifted earlier this month, allowing those currently incarcerated for such crimes the opportunity to seek...
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Injecting drugs increases Hep C risk for more women than men

Recent research looked into the risk of contracting Hepatitis C between men and women who inject drugs and discovered that women are more vulnerable...
New data: ER doctors prescribe fewer opioids than other physicians

New data: ER doctors prescribe fewer opioids than other physicians

Health care professionals who work in emergency departments prescribe less opioid-based medications than other physicians, a new study revealed. The study, published in Annals...
State attorneys general implore Congress to fund addiction treatment

State attorneys general implore Congress to fund addiction treatment

A majority of state attorneys general joined in a bipartisan coalition earlier this week and urged Congress to permit Medicaid funding toward larger substance...
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Electromagnetics continue to show promise in cocaine addiction treatment

An Italian psychiatrist continues to garner success after making breakthroughs with experimental applications of electromagnetic pulses to treat cocaine addiction. Luigi Gallimberti, who is also a...
One in 12 doctors accepts opioid-related from drug companies

One in 12 doctors accepts opioid-related payments from drug companies

One in 12 doctors and approximately 1 in every 5 family medicine physicians have accepted payments related to opioids from pharmaceutical companies, according to...
long-term prescription opioid use is increasing in the U.S.

Long-term opioid prescription use on the rise in US

A new study has determined that long-term prescription opioid use is increasing in the U.S. and warrants further research on the potential pros and...
FDA warns about withholding opioid addiction medications from patients on CNS depressants

FDA warns about withholding opioid addiction medications from patients on CNS depressants

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is cautioning prescribers about withholding opioid addiction treatment medications from patients who are taking central nervous system...
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Opioid crisis cuts down life expectancy in the US by 2.5 months

The ongoing opioid crisis is negatively affecting the average life expectancy of Americans, a new federal report shows. The report, authored by researchers from the...
New pediatric primary care model to treat teens with addiction shows promise

New pediatric primary care model for teens with addiction shows promise

A new pediatric primary care model designed to help teens who are struggling with a substance use disorder is showing promise. The U.S. health care...
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More than 100 youths are diagnosed daily with an opioid addiction in ERs

Revealing just how grim the American opioid epidemic has become, a new study finds that more than 100 teens and young adults with opioid addiction...
A weight loss drug may be the newest tool to treat cocaine addiction

A weight loss drug may be the newest tool to treat cocaine addiction

There are currently no drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat cocaine addiction, but a weight loss medication could...
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Bipartisan coalition of attorneys general investigate opioid manufacturers

A coalition of 41 attorneys general, representing a majority of the states, announced the launch of an investigation into opioid manufacturers that sets to...
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New study links marijuana use to increased risk of opioid use disorder

People who use marijuana are more likely to misuse prescription painkillers and develop a prescription opioid use disorder, a new study suggests. Conducted by analysts...
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DEA allows anti-legalization pharma corporation to produce synthetic THC

After Insys Therapeutics, a wealthy pharmaceutical company, repeatedly opposed efforts to legalize marijuana, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) approved the company’s proposal to produce...
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Opioid commission delays deadline, reveals partnerships to limit prescriptions

The Trump Administration’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis met for the third time on Wednesday and announced partnerships to create new measures...
Groundbreaking fingerprint test detects cocaine in seconds

Groundbreaking fingerprint test detects cocaine in seconds

A highly sensitive fingerprint test can now determine whether or not people have used cocaine within just seconds — even after they wash their...
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Can energy drinks lead to future drug and alcohol addiction?

College students who often consume energy drinks are more at risk of forming an alcohol addiction, using cocaine, or misusing prescription stimulants by the...
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Addiction recovery patients talk about legalizing drugs with Prince William

The Duke of Cambridge Prince William visited addiction recovery patients in east London last week and asked those receiving treatment for a substance use...
Drug overdoses killed almost two people a day in Minnesota last year

Overdoses killed almost two people a day in Minnesota last year

New data revealed that an average of two people died a day from drug overdoses in Minnesota in 2016. The figures, released by the Minnesota...
Overdose deaths

Drug overdoses killed more Americans in 2016 than Vietnam War

The Vietnam War lasted nearly 20 years and tallied 58,220 deaths. In stark contrast, about 64,070 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016 alone,...
Jeff Sessions praises record-setting drug seizures in San Diego

Jeff Sessions praises record-setting drug seizures in San Diego

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions made an appearance in San Diego on Wednesday to commemorate the record-breaking 450,000 pounds of illicit drugs seized by...
The University of Texas leads $29 million research series on alcoholism

The University of Texas leads $29 million research series on alcoholism

Government funding will pledge $29 million to a series of research led by the University of Texas to combat alcoholism, a problem that costs...
Drugstores that are a part of the national chain CVS Pharmacy are going to become the first in the country to set a limit on opioid prescription drugs to seven days.

National drugstore chain becomes the first to limit opioid prescriptions

Drugstores that are a part of the national chain CVS Pharmacy are going to become the first in the country to set a limit...
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Parenting tips for helping a child after addiction treatment

Caring for a child after they have gone through addiction treatment can be stressful, but parents can take several precautions to prevent serious problems. A...
Mayo Clinic revamps guidelines after opioid overprescribing is revealed

Mayo Clinic revamps guidelines after opioid overprescribing is revealed

A clinic has revamped its opioid guidelines after an internal study revealed a trend of overprescribing painkillers after surgery. The Mayo Clinic, a non-profit medical...
Why do people with alcoholism drink alcohol?

What are the most common reasons why people with alcoholism drink?

Why do people with alcohol use disorders drink alcohol? Although there isn’t a single answer, a new study explores some of the most common...
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FDA approves first-ever mobile app for substance use disorders

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has allowed marketing for the first-ever government-approved mobile medical app designed to help people with substance use disorders...
Pope addresses drug addiction and trafficking in Colombia

Pope Addresses Drug Trafficking and Addiction in Colombia

In a recent trip to Medellin, Pope Francis lamented the lives lost to drug trafficking, cartels, and addiction in Colombia. Colombia remains one of...
Recent hurricanes push addiction to the forefront

Recent hurricanes push addiction to the forefront

Of the many considerations taken into account when planning for the recent natural disasters, the wellbeing of those struggling with a substance addiction presents...
Latest federal research: opioid crisis mostly fueled by painkillers

Latest federal research: opioid crisis in the US mostly fueled by painkillers

The latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) provides the most recent estimated figures on the opioid crisis, which has been mostly...
Alcohol use disorders increase dramatically by nearly 50 percent

Alcohol use disorders increase dramatically by nearly 50 percent

New research has discovered a 49 percent increase in alcohol use disorders among Americans. The increase was noted between two 12-month periods —the data was...
Drop in binge drinking despite controversial 24-hour law

Drop in binge drinking despite controversial 24-hour law

A controversial booze law change in the U.K. has coincided with a reduction in binge drinking, despite calls for it to be reversed. In 2005,...
Zebrafish can be key in improving opioid addiction treatment

Zebrafish can be key in improving opioid addiction treatment

Zebrafish addicted to opioids may be key in improving human opioid addiction treatment, a new research reveals. The research, published in the journal Behavioral Brain...
How the FDA wants older adults to safely use their medication

How the FDA wants older adults to safely use their medication

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently revised key safety tips to avoid health-threatening mistakes while using a prescription medication. The federal agency believes...
Trump proclamation acknowledges National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month

Trump acknowledges National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month

September 2017 is officially National Alcohol and Drug Recovery Month, according to a proclamation by President Donald Trump. The proclamation, which was posted on the...
New Zealand's National Party announces $82 million crackdown on drugs

New Zealand’s National Party announces $82 million crackdown on drugs

New Zealand’s National Party has promised an $82 million crackdown on drugs and gangs if the party is re-elected. The funding, which is also backed...
National Recovery Month aims to empower families and communities

National Recovery Month aims to empower families and communities

September is National Recovery Month, an initiative sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to boost awareness and celebrate the...
Teen overdose deaths spike at alarming rate new data

Teen overdose deaths spike at alarming rate, new data

The rate of teenage drug overdose deaths spiked 19 percent from 2014 to 2015 in the U.S., a new report by the Centers for...
AMA Opioid Task Force updates recommendations for naloxone

AMA Opioid Task Force updates recommendations for naloxone

Last week, the American Medical Association (AMA) updated its naloxone prescribing guidance document to encourage all medical professionals in the country to make sure...
SAMHSA- Opioid misuse in older adults on the rise

SAMHSA: Opioid misuse in older adults on the rise

About 9.5 million adults participated in opioid misuse in the past year in 2014, according to a recent government report. The CBHSQ Report — prepared...
Teens in danger as opioid use creates heroin addiction risk

Teens in danger as opioid use creates heroin addiction risk

The increased recreational use of prescription opioids by school children may be providing a gateway to later-life heroin addiction, according to research. Researchers revealed that...
AHA urges Congress to reduce data sharing barriers including addiction treatment records

AHA urges Congress to reduce data sharing barriers including addiction treatment records

The American Hospital Association (AHA) wrote a letter to Congress urging them to reduce regulatory burdens on hospitals, patients, and health systems, including data...
Santa Fe mayor assembles Municipal Drug Strategy Task Force

Santa Fe mayor assembles Municipal Drug Strategy Task Force

Santa Fe Mayor Javier M. Gonzales has introduced a resolution which establishes a Municipal Drug Strategy Task Force. The task force will work to...
Opioid epidemic is killing more than government shows

Opioid epidemic is killing more than government shows

As the opioid epidemic officially reaches a ‘national emergency’ status, federal data shows that heroin and other opioids have been increasingly deadly — now,...
Opioid overdose survivors often not offered intervention

Opioid overdose survivors often not offered interventions

Hospitalized patients who survive an opioid overdose provide critical moments for interventions, but a new study exposes a shortfall in salvaged opportunities for advocating...
Treatment drug shortfall for young opioid addiction sufferers

Treatment drug shortfall for young opioid addiction sufferers

Youngsters who are struggling with opioid addiction are hugely undertreated when it comes to receiving vital drugs which could prevent relapse and overdose. A new...
Using the genetics of addiction to improve treatment

Using the genetics of addiction to improve treatment

Substance use disorders result from genetic and environmental factors combined, which led researchers to look at changes in gene expressions to predict susceptibility to...
Surge in ICU admissions linked to opioid overdoses

Surge in ICU admissions linked to opioid overdoses

Admissions to intensive care units related to opioid overdoses have increased rapidly over a nearly seven-year period, a new study reveals. “This is the first...
Secretary Tom Price praises China for cracking down on synthetic opioids

Secretary Tom Price praises China for cracking down on synthetic opioids

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price praised China for their efforts toward cracking down on synthetic opioids. At a meeting in Beijing...
About 60 percent of people who abused opioids did not have a prescription

About 60 percent of people who abused opioids did not have a prescription

Almost 60 percent of adults who misused opioids didn’t have a prescription, and more than 40 percent of those cases involved people who obtained...
Number of drug overdose deaths keeps climbing

Number of drug overdose deaths keeps climbing

Drug overdose fatalities continue to escalate in the U.S., according to a new government data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The...
DEA aims to save lives through opioid crime investigations

DEA aims to save lives through opioid crime investigations

DEA agents have seen major success in targeting “egregious” doctors who have put patients at risk with opioid prescribing crimes. While the nationwide epidemic is...
Traits of people who go to the emergency room because of alcohol

Traits of people who go to the emergency room because of alcohol

The majority of people who frequently attend emergency rooms due to alcohol-related reasons are unemployed, isolated and not only mentally but also physically ill,...
Nearly 92 million adults used prescription opioids, new gov't report

Nearly 92 million adults used prescription opioids, new gov’t report

Over one-third of the American adult population were past-year users of prescription opioids at least once in 2015, according to a new government report...
Alabama governor updates opioid addiction council

Alabama governor updates opioid addiction council

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey is taking a strong step toward overcoming opioid addiction and misuse in the state by establishing a council to study...
After announcing national emergency, Trump opens new doors for curbing opioid crisis

Trump opens new doors for curbing opioid crisis after announcing national emergency

After declaring the opioid crisis a national emergency, the Trump administration has opened up the possibilities for immediate action on the epidemic amidst cuts...
Lack of belief in free will may undermine addiction treatment

Lack of belief in free will may undermine addiction treatment

A popular view among ordinary people is that individuals with drug addiction do not have the ability to choose between different courses of action....
Unused prescription opioids have fueled the opioid epidemic

Unused prescription opioids have fueled the opioid epidemic

Over two-thirds of surgery patients in the U.S. are overprescribed opioids, and the leftover pills are often mishandled at home, a new study revealed. The...
Research reveals vulnerable opioid addiction treatment system

Research reveals vulnerable opioid addiction treatment system

A new study has revealed that a tiny proportion of doctors are responsible for handing out the majority of treatment drugs to those battling...
Improving post-op pain management in Latin America

Improving post-op pain management in Latin America

Globally, poor postoperative pain management is linked to high rates of addiction to prescription drugs and opioid misuse. But a new report suggests that...
Rate of fatal car accidents involving prescriptions opioids surges

Rate of fatal car accidents involving prescriptions opioids surges

America's opioid epidemic continues to manifest itself in a new report that reveals a drastic sevenfold spike in the number of fatal car accidents...

After years of the opioid crisis, doctors are being held accountable for overprescribing

After years of the ongoing opioid crisis, doctors are being held accountable for overprescribing opioid painkillers. Some have even been convicted of murder. Under the...
Sessions advocates outdated action on opioid crisis

Sessions advocates outdated action on opioid addiction

U.S. Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III spoke to the Columbus Police Academy in Ohio about his planned campaign against opioid addiction earlier this...
President declares opioid crisis a ‘national emergency’

President declares opioid crisis a ‘national emergency’

President Trump announced Thursday that America's opioid crisis will become a “national emergency.” The declaration — which was revealed through a response to a reporter’s...
FDA to cut down nicotine in cigarettes to non-addictive levels

FDA to cut down nicotine in cigarettes to non-addictive levels

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is pursuing regulations that will lower nicotine in cigarettes to non-addictive levels. In turn, the agency hopes...
Trailblazing trial into use of MDMA to boost addiction treatment

Trailblazing trial into use of MDMA to boost addiction treatment

A first-of-its-kind clinical trial has been launched to study the use of MDMA in helping people to overcome alcohol addictions. Researchers in England will start...
New US Surgeon General pledges to take on the opioid epidemic

New US Surgeon General pledges to take on the opioid epidemic

Last week, the Senate confirmed Dr. Jerome Adams as the 20th U.S. Surgeon General. Adams — an anesthesiologist with a biochemistry, a biopsychology, and...
Helping a parent addicted to painkillers

Helping a parent addicted to painkillers

New data reveals that of the more than 33,000 fatal overdoses linked to opioid painkillers in 2015, over 6,200 were Americans over 55 years...
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Massachusetts music festival to combat addiction and benefit recovery

The Hope Music Festival is coming to Cape Cod, Massachusetts on August 23, and the money raised through to the fundraiser concert will benefit...

Oral opioid addiction treatments may not be working, study reveals

A Spanish study found that no current oral opioid addiction treatments can claim to be fully effective at treating addiction. The research, published in the...
Smoking in movies is popular again and can harm children

Smoking in movies is popular again and can harm children

Studies have consistently shown that tobacco use in movies promotes smoking among kids. Yet, the number of smoking depictions in top-grossing films increased 72...
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Opioid overprescribing continues at high rates for the vulnerable

Growing evidence indicates that doctors are still overprescribing drugs at dangerous rates to people with a high risk of substance use disorder, a new...
Buprenorphine could boost treatment time for opioid dependent newborns

Buprenorphine could boost treatment time for opioid-dependent newborns

A new method has been discovered to slash the treatment time for babies born with opioid dependency as a result of drug use by...
Binge drinking among youth linked to changes in the brain

Binge drinking among youth linked to changes in the brain

Heavy drinking is known to alter behaviors and neurological systems, but a new research revealed that the neurotoxic effects of heavy alcohol use can...
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Economic recessions and unemployment: A path toward drug use

The likelihood of drug use during an economic recession is increased by the distress of unemployment, according to a new review. “In our literature review,...
FDA requests removal of opioid Opana from the market

FDA requests removal of opioid Opana from the market

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requesting that the company Endo Pharmaceuticals remove its opioid painkiller Opana ER (oxymorphone) from the market...
Chicago mayor announces expansion of opioid addiction treatment

Chicago mayor announces expansion of opioid addiction treatment

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced plans to increase efforts to overcome the opioid epidemic and increase access to addiction treatment. The city will...
The intricate nature of sleep during addiction treatment

The intricate nature of sleep during addiction treatment

Most issues related to substance use disorders are generally addressed and managed during addiction treatment, but a new study found that healthy sleep patterns...
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Over 2 million were addicted to alcohol and drugs in 2014, gov report

New government data reveals that 2.3 million American adults suffered from both a past-year illicit drug addiction and an alcohol addiction in 2014. The CBHSQ...
Research breakthrough reveals link between hormone and alcoholism

Research breakthrough reveals link between hormone and alcoholism

A groundbreaking study has uncovered a potential pathway in the brain that could lead to alcoholism. The breakthrough may eventually improve treatment for people...
Adding medication-assisted treatment to 12-step programs

Adding medication-assisted treatment to 12-step programs

Traditional 12-step programs and medication-assisted treatments (MATs) have proven to be effective for people with substance use disorders (SUDs), but new research suggests that...
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How researchers want to end the opioid crisis

A new study maps out a comprehensive response to the opioid crisis, and the researchers believe it can eventually end one of the nation’s...
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A single-paragraph letter: an unlikely contributor to the opioid epidemic

Researchers say a one-paragraph letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1980 disproportionately had an effect on the opioid epidemic. The paragraph,...
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President’s commission to combat the opioid crisis delays report again

The Trump Administration created a special commission to combat the country’s drug addiction and opioid crisis, but the commission has missed the deadline to...
Addiction crisis committee aims to save lives with new laws

Addiction crisis committee aims to save lives with new laws

A committee of lawmakers has been created to combat the spiraling opioid crisis by devising regulations that could save lives. A bipartisan group of politicians...
How do recreational opioid users perceive supervised injection sites?

How do recreational opioid users perceive supervised injection sites?

A new study shows that most people who use opioids recreationally in America would actually be willing to utilize supervised injection facilities (SIFs). SIFs are...
New website launched to target gateway drug abuse in colleges

New DEA website launched to target gateway drug abuse in colleges

Drug enforcement agents have launched a new website in a bid to crack down on illegal drug use by college students and stop later-life...
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Opioid prescriptions three times higher in 2015 than in 1999, CDC report

Although opioid prescriptions declined year to year from 2010 to 2015 nationwide, their accessibility either continued steady or increased in more than half of...
Opioid prescription numbers for injured workers plummet

Opioid prescription numbers for injured workers plummet

The number of painkilling opioids handed out to injured workers in the U.S. has seen a major drop — but remains dangerously high in...
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Unknown synthetic street drugs increase overdoses in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Public Health (Georgia DPH) has issued a statement warning citizens about a potentially deadly substance distributed by way of street...
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New health care draft boosts opioid crisis funding, still slashes Medicaid treatment

After more than 72 experts — spanning from former White House health officials to respected doctors — showed their opposition to the Senate's health care...
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Medications for opioid use disorder see massive spikes in funding

The amount of Medicaid money spent on three crucial medications used to fight opioid use disorder (OUD) increased sharply between 2011 and 2016, with...
Changes in dopamine responses are found for the first time in recreational cocaine users

Changes in dopamine responses found for the first time in recreational cocaine users

Groundbreaking research has revealed that recreational cocaine users may be dangerously close to a substance use disorder. Among those who were not addicted to cocaine,...
Children with mental health disorders found to be at high risk of adult addiction

Children with mental health disorders found to be at high risk of adult addiction

New research has shown that people who battle mental health disorders as children are at greater risk of developing addictions as adults. Dutch researchers launched...
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Opioid addiction rates up nearly 500 percent in 7 years

The increase of Americans diagnosed with opioid addiction continues to escalate dramatically, but a very low number of them receive drug rehab, a new...
Women at risk as opioid use hospital visit numbers surge

Women at risk as opioid use hospital visit numbers surge

The number of women hospitalized due to opioid use — including painkillers and heroin — has skyrocketed in the last ten years. A new report by the...
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Study explores inequalities in public schools’ drug abuse policies

Research from a student at Allegheny College explored the inequalities of public schools’ drug abuse policies to see how they affect both drug usage...
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Level 2 trauma centers more likely to identify at-risk drinkers

Alcohol use can become a contributing factor to bodily injury, and patients who visit a trauma center to receive treatment for injuries take part...
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New opiate crisis intervention court launched to save lives

A trailblazing scheme has been launched to give urgent treatment and recovery aid to opiate users before they are put through court prosecution. The first-of-its-kind...
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Fear of fentanyl: a hidden killer

A new study reveals that over 50 percent of all drug overdose fatalities might be because of fentanyl — a synthetic opioid that can be...

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