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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...
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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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Huge drop in underage binge drinking across America

The number of youngsters binge drinking across the U.S. has dropped dramatically, according to new research. Figures from a national survey on drug use by...
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Children in welfare programs more likely to use drugs, research

Researchers sought to determine whether childhood welfare participation influenced the likelihood of drug use into young adulthood and discovered that it significantly increased the...
New UN report: the U.S. has the highest drug death rate in the world

New UN report: the US has the highest drug death rate in the world

The U.S. has the highest number of deaths that are related to drugs in the world, according to the 2017 United Nations Office on...
Opioid manufacturers sued for fraud by Missouri and Ohio attorney generals

Opioid manufacturers sued for fraud by Missouri and Ohio

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley filed a suit against Endo Health Solutions, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and Purdue Pharma in the Circuit Court of St. Louis....
80 percent of kids in Delhi’s Seemapuri are addicted to drugs

80 percent of kids in Delhi’s Seemapuri are addicted to drugs

About 80 percent of Indian children in the Delhi slum of Seemapuri are addicted to drugs, according to a study conducted by the Society...
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Drug use down among young adults who participated in PROSPER program

Middle school children who participated in PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience (PROSPER), a drug use prevention program in Iowa and Pennsylvania, were significantly...
Major opioid use linked to mental health disorders

Major opioid use linked to mental health disorders

A new study has revealed that people with anxiety or depression account for a huge portion of prescription opioid use. Only 16 percent of adults...
How beneficial is religious faith in addiction recovery

How beneficial is religious faith in addiction recovery?

The roles of faith and religion vary when it comes to addiction and treatment practices — according to research from the U.S. National Library...
Painkiller misuse is nearly doubled among the uninsured

Painkiller misuse is nearly doubled among the uninsured

Lack of access to health insurance coverage virtually doubles the odds of painkiller misuse, according to the latest edition of the Behavioral Health Barometer...
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FDA announces public meeting on abuse-deterrent opioids

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has announced that the FDA will host a two-day public meeting to consider whether or not abuse-deterrent...
Smoking during addiction treatment: a growing problem

Smoking during addiction treatment: a growing problem

Addiction treatment patients continue to have higher rates of cigarette use than the rest of the general population in the entire world, in spite...
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Managing meth withdrawal and detox, new analysis

Methamphetamine withdrawal comes with life-threatening symptoms and can be extremely challenging to patients and physicians. Samantha Wiendels, an M.A. counseling psychology candidate, sought to understand...
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Utah pursues Medicaid waiver to improve addiction treatment

Since July, Utah has been seeking a waiver to a Medicaid rule that prohibits the use of federal funds for addiction treatment centers with...
Non-oral use of prescription opioids doubles risks of death

Non-oral use of prescription opioids doubles risks of death

Prescription opioids are most commonly used and abused orally, but some people alter their medications and use non-oral methods of administration to experience enhanced...
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Tobacco is responsible for roughly 1 in 10 deaths worldwide, new research

About 1 in 10 deaths worldwide are tobacco-related, according to the Global Burden of Diseases Injuries and Risk Factors Study (GBD) released in April. With...
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New bill proposes harsher sentences for possession of synthetic drugs

Two members of the Judiciary Committee, Senator Chuck Grassley and Senator Dianne Feinstein, introduced a bill that would impose harsher sentences for individuals found...
How are underage drinkers influenced by alcohol ads?

How are underage drinkers influenced by alcohol ads?

Alcohol is the most used substance by adolescents in the U.S. People who are between 12 and 20 years old drink 11 percent of...
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How can thirdhand smoke affect human health?

A study looked into how early exposure to thirdhand smoke (THS) affects the development of immunity and body mass in mice and discovered that...
San Francisco budget targets opioid epidemic

San Francisco budget targets opioid epidemic

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee unveiled the city’s budget outline earlier this month, which allocates $10 billion toward programs designed to help mitigate the...
The link between cocaine addiction and vascular disease

The link between cocaine addiction and vascular disease

Most people are aware of the dangers linked to heart diseases, but blockages of accumulated plaques or cholesterol can actually impact more than the...
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Anti-heroin vaccine closer to reality, stops ‘high’ in primates

Scientists have broken new ground with a vaccine that stops the high of heroin. The experts from the Virginia Commonwealth University and the Scripps...
Methadone and buprenorphine treatment retention curbs risk of death

Methadone and buprenorphine treatment retention curbs risk of death

Retention during methadone and buprenorphine treatment is associated with significant reductions in risks of death and deadly overdoses among people dependent on opioids, a...
Approaching addiction with responsibility but not blame

Approaching addiction with responsibility but not blame

Can people accept responsibility but not blame for their actions? A new framework suggests that it’s possible, at least when it comes to drug...
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Meth addiction rehab can reverse heart damage, new research

Rehab for meth addiction can potentially undo the heart damage caused by the drug and improve heart performance when paired with related medical treatment,...
LGBQ students have higher risks for nonmedical use of prescriptions

LGBQ students have higher risks for nonmedical use of prescriptions

Researchers found a significant need to further develop specialized education, prevention, and treatment programs for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and questioning (LGBQ) college students with...
Why are wealthy teens more likely to get addicted

Why are wealthy teens more likely to get addicted?

Going to a prestigious high school, living in a comfortable home or wealthy neighborhood, and having disposable income are some factors that will increase...
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Treating polyneuropathy with long-term opioid therapy

Patients with pain related to polyneuropathy — dysfunction or damage to the peripheral nerves, which connect the brain and spinal cord to the rest...
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Research reveals cocaine could be more addictive than thought

A recent study revealed that those who engage in the recreational use of cocaine could be flirting with addiction more than previously believed. According to...
What happens when surgeons limit postoperative opioid prescriptions?

What happens when surgeons limit postoperative opioid prescriptions?

What would happen if surgeons limited the number of opioid prescriptions written to manage postoperative pain among patients that had common surgeries? According to...
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Odds of prescription opioid addiction rises sharply after 5 days of use

Patients who use prescription opioids for more than three days are more likely to become long-term users, with a sharp increase in probability occurring...

Nutrients found to improve opioid use disorder treatment

Recent research has revealed that nutritional therapy integrated with opioid use disorder treatment can be equally or more effective than traditional treatments or methadone...
The effect of alcohol and marijuana on academic performance

The effects of alcohol and marijuana on academic performance

Researchers from various universities in Connecticut analyzed the combined impact of alcohol and marijuana on the academic performance of college students and found that...
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How do health care professionals view dual diagnoses management?

A recent study revealed that most health care professionals perceive a low commitment among patients with dual diagnoses — a person who has a...
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Norway: convicted drug users can choose rehab but may still go to prison

Last year, Norway passed a law determining that the Norwegian courts have the power to sentence convicted drug users to an addiction treatment center...
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Pennsylvania awarded significant grants to aid in addiction recovery and prevention

The Health and Human Services Administration has announced that it will provide $485 million in grants to all 50 states to help combat the...
The impacts of heavy drinking on the brain

The impacts of heavy drinking on the brain

The impacts of heavy drinking on the human brain and the behavioral changes linked to excessive alcohol consumption were recently analyzed in a study...
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Family members can be first responders and lifesavers in opioid overdoses

Although the opioid epidemic continues to be a nationwide concern, a new study reveals that family members and communities have the capacity to...
Opioid use has not decreased as concerns increase, poll

Opioid use has not decreased as concerns increase, poll

More Americans use and abuse prescription opioids despite increased awareness related to the dangers of the medical and nonmedical use of prescription opioids, according...
Borderline personality disorder and addiction: an impulsive link

Borderline personality disorder and addiction: an impulsive link

Substance use disorder (SUD) and borderline personality disorder (BPD) are normally associated with impulsive behaviors. Naturally, when both conditions meet, impulsivity is often one...
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ARMOT program fights opioid epidemic in rural Pennsylvania

The Addiction Recovery Mobile Outreach Team (ARMOT) is actively reducing overdoses and overdose-related deaths from opioid use in rural areas of Pennsylvania. ARMOT is federally...
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Attorney general calls for harsher sentences on drug offenses despite conflicts

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has given an order to prosecutors stating they should seek the full charges in each criminal offense, reversing key Obama...
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More states look at implementing mandatory opioid abuse education

In 2014, 1.3 million adolescents, ages 12 to 17, had a substance use disorder, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration....
New data: 33 percent of Americans binge drink

New data: 33 percent of Americans have participated in past-year binge drinking

Approximately 33 percent of American adults have been binge drinking on at least one occasion within a year, according to a study that will...
Opioid-addicted teens lack medication-assisted treatment

Opioid-addicted teens lack medication-assisted treatment

A recent study found that there is a significant lack of access to and utilization of developmentally appropriate treatment for adolescents and young adults...
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The adverse influence of alcohol in suicides

Although there is a growing body of data linking alcohol use to suicide, recent research looked into how alcohol retail density levels and blood...
Social customs that improve addiction recovery

Social customs that can improve addiction recovery

Studies have shown several beneficial habits for individuals transitioning from substance use to sobriety: Peer support, meditation, and a healthy diet are some recommendations...
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The risks of long-term opioid use after surgery

Opioid prescribing after surgery regularly occurs in excess, and the risks of new long-term use are more common than previous research revealed, according to...
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Year-long sobriety boosts satisfaction with life, brain functions and more

A year-long commitment to sobriety for those who struggle with a polysubstance disorder leads to mental benefits and improved brain functioning, according to a...
National Governors Association sponsors opioid addiction recovery learning lab for prisons

National Governors Association sponsors opioid addiction recovery learning lab for prisons

The National Governors Association (NGA) has partnered with eight states to provide a learning lab that will focus on the development and implementation of...
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New safety threats found in a third of FDA-approved drugs

New safety threats are found in a third of the drugs that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to a...
Opioid use disorder raises odds of death by ten times in hospital care

Opioid use disorder raises odds of death by ten times in hospital care

A recent study found that individuals with opioid use disorders who received medical services in a university health system were 10 times more likely...
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Poor sleep habits linked to alcohol use disorder in youths

Adolescent students who reported daytime sleepiness were more likely to drink alcohol, experience episodes of heavy drinking, alcohol use disorder or related complications, according...
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Kenyan children use inhalants to escape poverty

Clouds of white smoke surround the poor and hungry children who live in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. They are huffing inhalants, usually out...
Drug rehab patients with ADHD use cocaine at an earlier age

Drug rehab patients with ADHD use cocaine at an earlier age

Patients in drug rehab who have characteristics of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to start using cocaine and enter treatment at...
An increasing number of Americans attempt to discontinue tobacco use

More Americans are trying to quit smoking, study

Since 2012, more Americans have made a serious attempt to quit smoking, according to a recent study, which highlighted that attempts increased to 55...
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Fatal car crashes now more likely to be linked to drugs than alcohol

The rate of drugged drivers killed in accidents has now surpassed the rate of drunk drivers for the first time, according to a comprehensive...
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Heroin-related overdose deaths triple in 5 years, new report

Approximately 25 percent of all drug-related overdose fatalities in the U.S. involved heroin in 2015, a threefold increase from 2010, according to a government...
The promising world of relapse prevention techs

The promising world of relapse prevention techs

Mobile apps for telemedicine have become increasingly popular, enabling physicians to easily reach their patients. But now, more and more apps are focusing specifically...
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Abstinence and social support crucial to improved quality of life after drug detox

Maintaining abstinence and receiving social support after inpatient drug detox are key factors in improving the quality of life of an individual in recovery,...
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Availability, legality and safety misconceptions fueled a global opioid crisis

The transition from opioid prescription pills to heroin has been well documented, but recent research shed light on the factors that have led to...
Removing the stigma of addiction and mental health transforms the Muslim community

Removing the stigma of addiction and mental health transforms the Muslim community

Aiming to reduce the harm associated with substance use and mental health illness in Muslim communities, Canadian researchers recently conducted a study that revealed...
Meth-based drug ‘yaba' spreads from Southeast Asia into the rest of the continent

Meth-based drug ‘yaba’ spreads from Southeast Asia into the rest of the continent

While the dying Southeast Asian opium production has been rekindled, Laos and Myanmar have moved on to producing yaba and exporting the product to...
Gov’t agencies, orgs discuss opioid epidemic at national Rx conference

Gov’t agencies, orgs discuss opioid epidemic at national Rx conference

Key figures in the battle against the opioid epidemic gathered at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta, Georgia last week...
Marijuana use at an all-time high in 3 decades

Marijuana use among college students hits 30-year high

Marijuana use among college students is at its highest in 30 years with the most significant increases occurring in the past three years, according...
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Binge drinking in NYC by neighborhood, race and ethnicity

A 2016 study looked into the relationship between binge drinking and different New York City neighborhoods, with a focus on race and ethnicity. “Drinking behaviors...
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New data shows risks of opioid misuse among pregnant women

A recent government report revealed that approximately 21,000 pregnant women, ages 15 to 44, engaged in opioid misuse within the past month. The findings —...
ASAM hosts first Addiction Treatment Gap Awareness Week

ASAM hosts first Addiction Treatment Gap Awareness Week

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) announced last week that the first Addiction Treatment Gap Awareness Week is occurring from April 24th to...
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Strong connectivity between brain networks can predict and prevent cocaine relapse

Connectivity between several networks in the brain may protect against the risk of cocaine relapse, a new study conducted by researchers from the National...
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NIDA introduces the Drugs and the Brain Wallet Card for relapse prevention

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) revealed a new relapse prevention tool intended for at-risk offenders departing correctional facilities: The Drugs and the...
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Clinton Foundation, pharma co. to provide overdose reversal drug to colleges

The Clinton Foundation has partnered with Adapt Pharma to supply colleges across the United States with five free doses of the life-saving opioid overdose...
Why are teen athletes more likely to misuse opioids?

Why are teen athletes more likely to misuse opioids?

Adolescents who play at least one high contact sport are at a high risk for engaging in the nonmedical use of prescription opioids (NUPO)...

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