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19 Jan
Opioid Addiction Treatment in Jail Could Change Lives

Opioid Addiction Treatment in Jail Could Change Lives

No magic bullet exists for ending the U.S. opioid crisis, but there's hopeful news for one high-risk population: Providing addiction medication in jails reduces the odds of addicts being re-arrested after their release, new research shows.

"Studies like this provide much...

13 Jan
Opioid Misuse Keeps Rising Among Older Americans

Opioid Misuse Keeps Rising Among Older Americans

The opioid addict you know might not be the college kid who has always dabbled in alcohol and drugs.

It could be your grandparent.

Opioid misuse doesn't discriminate by age — and rates are rising steadily among adults aged 55 and up,

29 Dec
ERs Can Boost Efforts to Stamp Out Opioid Addiction

ERs Can Boost Efforts to Stamp Out Opioid Addiction

A program meant to encourage the use of a drug that can help people overcome opioid addiction led to dramatic increases in its use in emergency rooms, researchers report.

22 Dec
Americans' Stigma Against Depression May Finally Be Fading: Study

Americans' Stigma Against Depression May Finally Be Fading: Study

Americans may be dropping some of the stigma they once had toward depression, but attitudes toward other mental health conditions still seem stuck in the past, a new study shows.

The research, based on interviews with U.S. adults conducted over 22 years, found a mixed ba...

17 Dec
Are Opioid Painkillers Needed Weeks After Heart Surgery? Maybe Not

Are Opioid Painkillers Needed Weeks After Heart Surgery? Maybe Not

Recovery from heart surgery can bring some pain. But a new study suggests patients don't need potentially addictive prescription opioids to control that post-op discomfor...

14 Dec
U.S. Fentanyl Deaths Soaring, Especially in West

U.S. Fentanyl Deaths Soaring, Especially in West

Synthetic forms of the potentially lethal opioid fentanyl are flooding the illicit drug market, leaving a soaring number of fatal overdoses in their wake, a new U.S. report finds.

The latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that between...

24 Nov
Wearable Device Spots, Reverses Opioid Overdoses

Wearable Device Spots, Reverses Opioid Overdoses

A wearable device that could inject a lifesaving antidote for an opioid overdose might be on the horizon.

A new study shows that the device, worn on the stomach like an insulin pump, can detect when someone stops breathing from an overdose and inject the drug naloxone to...

24 Nov
CVS Health, Walmart and Walgreens Played Role in Opioid Crisis: Ohio Jury

CVS Health, Walmart and Walgreens Played Role in Opioid Crisis: Ohio Jury

CVS Health, Walmart and Walgreens contributed to opioid overdoses and deaths in two Ohio counties, a federal jury in Cleveland found Tuesday.

The first jury verdict in an opioids case came in the closely watched test case and may prove encouraging to plaintiffs in thousa...

23 Nov
Addictive Opioid Painkillers Might Not Be Needed After Knee Surgery

Addictive Opioid Painkillers Might Not Be Needed After Knee Surgery

Addictive opioid painkillers aren't the only option for patients seeking relief following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) knee reconstruction, researchers say.

As the United States wrestles with skyrocketing rates of opioid abuse and drug overdose deaths, the findings m...

17 Nov
Over 100,000 Americans Died From Drug Overdoses in One Year: Report

Over 100,000 Americans Died From Drug Overdoses in One Year: Report

New government data confirms what many have suspected: The pandemic has prompted a record number of drug overdose deaths, with more than 100,000 Americans succumbing to addiction as COVID-19 raged across the country.

That figure is almost 30% higher than the previous yea...

09 Nov
Most Americans Would Skip Opioids After Surgery If They Could: Survey

Most Americans Would Skip Opioids After Surgery If They Could: Survey

More than two-thirds of Americans would be willing to try alternatives to prescription opioids to control pain after surgery, a new survey shows.

The United States is grappling with an opioid addiction crisis, and it's common for addiction to begin when patients get pain...

27 Oct
Liver Transplants Soar as Some Americans Drink Their Way Through the Pandemic

Liver Transplants Soar as Some Americans Drink Their Way Through the Pandemic

Demand for liver transplants among heavy drinking Americans surged during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study shows.

It found that the number of people with alcoholic hepatitis who received a new liver (32,320) or were put on a liver transplant waiting list (51,488) betwe...

20 Oct
Switch to Vaping Won't Help Ex-Smokers Quit for Good: Study

Switch to Vaping Won't Help Ex-Smokers Quit for Good: Study

Smokers may think electronic cigarettes will help them quit, but a new study finds no evidence that's the case.

Researchers found that among Americans who'd recently quit smoking, those who were using e-cigarettes were just as likely to relapse in the next year as non-us...

14 Oct
Many Addicts Turned to Telemedicine During Pandemic, But Does It Beat In-Person Care?

Many Addicts Turned to Telemedicine During Pandemic, But Does It Beat In-Person Care?

The coronavirus pandemic forced a significant shift to telemedicine treatment for addiction, but it's not clear whether that approach is better than in-person care, a new study finds.

Before the pandemic, addiction treatment services in the United States had many restric...

06 Oct
'Breakthrough' COVID More Likely in People With Problem Drug, Alcohol Use

'Breakthrough' COVID More Likely in People With Problem Drug, Alcohol Use

Drug and alcohol abuse increase the risk of breakthrough COVID-19 infection as well as severe illness and death among fully vaccinated people, a new study shows.

"First and foremost, vaccination is highly effective for people with substance use disorders, and the overall...

01 Oct
How the COVID Pandemic Made the Opioid Epidemic Worse, Even as Telehealth Helped

How the COVID Pandemic Made the Opioid Epidemic Worse, Even as Telehealth Helped

The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken up the U.S. opioid crisis in ways bad and good, increasing the risk of use and overdose but also spurring innovative approaches to treatment.

The pandemic has definitely been linked to an increase in opioid use and overdose deaths, Tufts ...

30 Sep
Smoking, Drinking Gateway to Pot, Study Finds

Smoking, Drinking Gateway to Pot, Study Finds

For those who smoke or drink, it's only a small step to marijuana, researchers report.

"Legal consumption of alcohol and tobacco may directly increase the level of illicit drug use. However, the relationships are complex," said researcher Dr. Zoe Reed. She is a senior re...

20 Sep
Opioid Use Disorder Is as Deadly as Heart Attack: Study

Opioid Use Disorder Is as Deadly as Heart Attack: Study

Hospitalized opioid addicts die at a rate similar to people who have a heart attack after leaving the hospital.

Nearly 8% of patients addicted to opioids died within 12 months of hospital discharge, according to researchers from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)....

16 Sep
Do Your Genes Up Your Odds for Alcoholism? One Factor Cuts the Risk

Do Your Genes Up Your Odds for Alcoholism? One Factor Cuts the Risk

Even when genetics and personality are working against you, having a strong network of supportive friends and family may help lower alcoholism risk, researchers say.

"Genes play an important role in alcohol use," stressed Jinni Su, an assistant professor of psychology at...

02 Sep
Oxycontin Maker Purdue Dissolved, Family to Pay $4.5 Billion in Bankruptcy Settlement

Oxycontin Maker Purdue Dissolved, Family to Pay $4.5 Billion in Bankruptcy Settlement

Purdue Pharma was dissolved on Wednesday and the Sackler family will pay $4.5 billion under a bankruptcy settlement that will end thousands of lawsuits brought against the company over the United States' opioid crisis.

Purdue was the maker of the highly addictive painkil...

26 Aug
Fatal ODs From Illicit Tranquilizers Jumped 6-Fold During Pandemic

Fatal ODs From Illicit Tranquilizers Jumped 6-Fold During Pandemic

Overdose deaths linked to illicit "designer" benzodiazepines have surged in the United States, as underground labs crank out new synthetic variations on prescription tranquilizers like Valium, Xanax and Ativan.

Overdose deaths involving illicit benzos increased more than...

26 Aug
Women May Find It Tougher to Quit Smoking Than Men

Women May Find It Tougher to Quit Smoking Than Men

Women smokers puff fewer cigarettes than men but have more trouble quitting, French researchers report.

"Our findings highlight the need to provide smoking cessation interventions tailored to the needs of women," said Ingrid Allagbe, a doctoral student at the University ...

23 Aug
Rising Number of U.S. Cardiac Arrests Tied to Opioid Abuse

Rising Number of U.S. Cardiac Arrests Tied to Opioid Abuse

There's been a sharp rise in opioid-related cardiac arrests in the United States and they now equal those associated with other prime causes, a new study finds.

Of more than 1.4 million cardiac arrest hospitalizations nationwide between 2012 and 2018, more than 43,000 (3...

19 Aug
Family Behind Oxycontin Denies Any Responsibility for Opioid Crisis

Family Behind Oxycontin Denies Any Responsibility for Opioid Crisis

The former president and co-chairman of Purdue Pharma said Wednesday that his family and the company bear no responsibility for the opioid crisis in the United States.

Dr. Richard Sackler made his comments in testimony delivered by video during a federal bankruptcy court...

17 Aug
New CDC Guidelines May Have Made Opioid Prescribing Safer

New CDC Guidelines May Have Made Opioid Prescribing Safer

Five years after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention retooled a guideline for prescribing opioid painkillers, research suggests the change is paying off.

With the United States in the grip of an opioid overdose epidemic, the CDC released an evidence-base...

09 Aug
Gruesome Cigarette Warnings May Work on Smokers: Study

Gruesome Cigarette Warnings May Work on Smokers: Study

Gangrene. Throat cancer. A newborn on a feeding tube.

Gruesome warning images like those on cigarette packs do indeed scare smokers, but they should be combined with other anti-smoking measures, a new study finds.

These kinds of graphic warning labels were approved...

22 Jul
Drug Makers Reach $26 Billion Deal on Opioid Lawsuits

Drug Makers Reach $26 Billion Deal on Opioid Lawsuits

A proposed $26 billion settlement on opioid-related lawsuits has been reached with four large drug companies, a group of state attorneys general announced Wednesday.

If enough states sign on to the deal with the country's three major drug distributors -- Cardinal Health,...

14 Jul
Meth Abuse Drove Huge Surge in Heart Failure Crises in California

Meth Abuse Drove Huge Surge in Heart Failure Crises in California

In a finding that demonstrates methamphetamine's power to destroy the human heart, new research shows hospitalizations for heart failure related to the illicit drug have soared by 585% in California.

"Our study results should bring urgent attention to this insidious, yet...

07 Jul
1 in 20 College Students Has 'Internet Gaming Disorder,' Study Finds

1 in 20 College Students Has 'Internet Gaming Disorder,' Study Finds

Is it possible to become addicted to gaming on the internet?

Yes, warns new research that discovered when young people get too hooked it may trigger sleep difficulties, depression, anxiety and, in some cases, even suicidal thoughts.

Phone interviews conducted among...

28 Jun
Juul to Pay $40 Million in N.C. Case Over Vaping's Harm to Teens

Juul to Pay $40 Million in N.C. Case Over Vaping's Harm to Teens

Juul, the leading e-cigarette maker in the United States, has agreed to pay $40 million to settle a lawsuit by North Carolina that alleged the company intentionally got scores of teenagers hooked on nicotine.

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Ste...

14 Jun
Doctors May Be Overprescribing Opioids After Surgeries

Doctors May Be Overprescribing Opioids After Surgeries

Many patients who are prescribed opioids after surgery could get the same level of pain relief with non-opioid alternatives such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen without the risk of addiction, researchers say.

"Opioids have been a routine part of postsurgical pain care for ...

10 Jun
Did People Smoke More or Less During the Pandemic?

Did People Smoke More or Less During the Pandemic?

The coronavirus pandemic has affected American smokers in different ways, a new study finds.

While some smoked more to help them cope with the crisis, others quit to reduce their COVID-19 infection risk.

"Even before the pandemic, tobacco smoking was the leading pr...

07 Jun
Youth Vaping Rates Decline, But 1 in 5 U.S. Teens Still Uses E-Cigs

Youth Vaping Rates Decline, But 1 in 5 U.S. Teens Still Uses E-Cigs

Although the number of teens who use e-cigarettes has dropped significantly, new research suggests that vaping rates are still too high.

"This study underscores that flavored e-cigarettes, especially JUUL, have caused the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use and nicotine ad...

04 Jun
Other Health Woes Common When Meth Addiction Strikes

Other Health Woes Common When Meth Addiction Strikes

Methamphetamine users are at increased risk for physical and mental health problems as well as other substance use disorders, new research shows.

Meth is an illegal and highly addictive stimulant drug that can harm organs such as the heart, lungs, liver and neurological ...

10 May
Feeling Down? Support Via Social Media May Not Be Enough

Feeling Down? Support Via Social Media May Not Be Enough

Looking for a morale boost or some solid encouragement? If so, socializing the old-fashioned way -- live and in-person -- will likely do more to lift your spirits than online interactions, new research suggests.

It's the key takeaway from a survey of more than 400 colleg...

03 May
Opioids After Dental Work May Be Dangerous

Opioids After Dental Work May Be Dangerous

Getting a prescription for an opioid painkiller from your dentist could put you or your family at risk for an overdose, a new study warns.

The finding is based on an analysis of data from 8.5 million Americans who had teeth pulled or 119 other types of dental work betwee...

29 Apr
FDA Poised to Ban Menthol Cigarettes

FDA Poised to Ban Menthol Cigarettes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed a ban on menthol cigarettes, a move that the agency has tried before and one that public health experts and civil rights groups have pushed for years.

Menthol cigarettes have been marketed aggressively to Black A...

29 Apr
Who Is Using Herbal Kratom?

Who Is Using Herbal Kratom?

Herbal kratom is used by less than 1% of the U.S. population, but the rate is much higher among those who misuse opioid painkillers, a new study finds.

Kratom is used to manage pain and opioid withdrawal. However, it carries the risk of addiction and harmful side effects...

28 Apr
1 in 5 U.S. Pharmacies Blocks Access to Key Opioid Addiction Treatment

1 in 5 U.S. Pharmacies Blocks Access to Key Opioid Addiction Treatment

The Biden administration has eased guidelines for prescribing a crucial addiction treatment drug, just as a new study reveals one in five U.S. pharmacies refuses to dispense the medication, called buprenorphine.

"Buprenorphine is a vital, lifesaving medication for people...

26 Apr
Too Much Pot During Pregnancy May Endanger Baby's Health

Too Much Pot During Pregnancy May Endanger Baby's Health

Women who use marijuana heavily during pregnancy are more likely to give birth prematurely or have an underweight newborn, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that babies born to moms with problem marijuana use -- what doctors call cannabis use disorder -- faced some...

21 Apr
Pandemic Has Blocked Access to Treatment for Many Americans Hooked on Opioids

Pandemic Has Blocked Access to Treatment for Many Americans Hooked on Opioids

The COVID-19 pandemic may have kept some Americans from getting vital medication to treat opioid addiction -- possibly contributing to the national surge in overdose deaths, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that in the early months of U.S. pandemic restrictions, t...

07 Apr
Jail Dims Hopes for Recovery for Young People With Mental Illness

Jail Dims Hopes for Recovery for Young People With Mental Illness

Being jailed puts teens with untreated psychiatric disorders at increased risk for long-term mental health struggles, researchers say.

"These are not necessarily bad kids, but they have many strikes against them," said study lead author Linda Teplin. "Physical abuse, sex...

02 Apr
People Are Buying Illegal Opioids on the Dark Web

People Are Buying Illegal Opioids on the Dark Web

Illegal drug sales on the dark web are common, hard to detect and are fueling America's opioid epidemic, a University of Texas study reveals.

Opioids include prescription painkillers (such as oxycodone) and illegal drugs (such as heroin and fentanyl).

"People are s...

01 Apr
Most U.S. Adults Who Vape Want to Quit: Study

Most U.S. Adults Who Vape Want to Quit: Study

More than 60% of American adults who vape say they want to stop, a new study reports.

Some use electronic cigarettes to try to quit smoking traditional cigarettes, then end up vaping and smoking, the researchers found.

"While e-cigarettes may work for some people, ...

30 Mar
When Pot Use Starts in Teens, Drug Addiction More Likely: Study

When Pot Use Starts in Teens, Drug Addiction More Likely: Study

Teens who try marijuana or other drugs are at greater risk of developing a drug addiction than those who wait a few years before experimenting with drugs, a new study finds.

"Though not everyone who uses a drug will develop addiction, adolescents may develop addiction to...

16 Mar
Smoking Makes a Comeback in the Pandemic

Smoking Makes a Comeback in the Pandemic

Katie Rodgers was just 15 years old when she started smoking, and in her early 20s when it became a more significant habit.

Rodgers found quitting tough, but she managed to kick the habit at age 33 during a global pandemic because she knew that smoking would increase her...

04 Mar
Opioid Addiction Relapse May Be Different for Men, Women

Opioid Addiction Relapse May Be Different for Men, Women

Who is more likely to relapse after opioid addiction treatment -- women or men?

A new study that followed 1,100 recovering opioid users reveals that their risks are different.

The researchers followed the men and women for one year after treatment at more than 100 ...

02 Feb
CBD Won't Help Addicts Kick the Coke Habit: Study

CBD Won't Help Addicts Kick the Coke Habit: Study

Cannabidiol (CBD) products are seemingly everywhere these days, but they won't help cure a cocaine addiction, a Canadian study finds.

CBD, a chemical in the cannabis plant, has long been touted as a treatment for cocaine addiction. But researchers at the University of Mo...

20 Jan
Two-Drug Combo May Help Fight Meth Addiction

Two-Drug Combo May Help Fight Meth Addiction

In what may signal a seismic shift in the treatment of methamphetamine addiction, a pair of prescription drugs appears to help patients significantly reduce their stimulant use, or quit altogether.

The combination therapy involves an injectable medication called extended...

20 Jan
Pot Use Ups Odds for Suicide in Young People With Bipolar Disorder

Pot Use Ups Odds for Suicide in Young People With Bipolar Disorder

Marijuana addiction increases the risk of death by suicide, homicide and other causes (such as car crashes) in youth and young adults with mood disorders such as bipolar disorder, a new study warns.

For the study, the researchers reviewed data on nearly 205,000 young peo...

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