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19 Aug
FDA Issues Warning to Maker of Illegal Nicotine Gummies

FDA Issues Warning to Maker of Illegal Nicotine Gummies

FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday warned a maker of nicotine gummies to stop marketing what is an illegal product.

18 Aug
3 Big Pharmacy Chains Must Pay $650 Million to Ohio Counties for Role in Opioid Crisis

3 Big Pharmacy Chains Must Pay $650 Million to Ohio Counties for Role in Opioid Crisis

Three of the country's largest pharmacy chains will have to pay $650.5 million over the next 15 years to two Ohio counties for their role in the opioid epidemic, a U.S. federal judge has or...

16 Aug
Meth Plays Big Role in Drug ODs in Rural America

Meth Plays Big Role in Drug ODs in Rural America

TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Methamphetamine is driving an epidemic of drug overdoses in rural America, a new study concludes.

Researchers attribute the surge to meth laced with

08 Aug
Fewer Smokers Tried to Quit During COVID Pandemic

Fewer Smokers Tried to Quit During COVID Pandemic

Fewer people tried to quit smoking as the COVID-19 pandemic began, and this continued for at least a year, according to a new U.S. study.

The American Cancer Society detailed pandemic smoking behavior in

29 Jul
Wave of Opioid Overdoses Expected to Hit U.S. Rural, Urban Areas

Wave of Opioid Overdoses Expected to Hit U.S. Rural, Urban Areas

Experts predict opioid overdoses will climb in both rural and urban areas because of the l...

28 Jul
Telehealth, Phone Visits a Lifesaver for Veterans Addicted to Opioids

Telehealth, Phone Visits a Lifesaver for Veterans Addicted to Opioids

There are many obstacles to opioid addiction treatment, but a new study shows one that one outgrowth of the COVID pandemic -- telehealth -- is enabling more U.S. veterans to get help.

Researchers examined care given to vets before and after a transition to telehealth vis...

27 Jul
Many Smokers Who Want to Quit Just End Up Vaping, Too

Many Smokers Who Want to Quit Just End Up Vaping, Too

WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Many smokers eager to quit embrace electronic cigarettes as a tool for kicking the habit, but a new study warns th...

26 Jul
Today's Potent Pot Could Be Prescription for Addiction

Today's Potent Pot Could Be Prescription for Addiction

TUESDAY, July 26, 2022 (HealthDay News) – Cannabis has become far more potent over the years, and that may explain why the number of people becoming addicted to the drug has soared, a new study suggests.

Researchers from the University of Bath Addiction and Mental Hea...

14 Jul
Methadone ODs Didn't Rise in Pandemic, Supporting Use as At-Home Treatment

Methadone ODs Didn't Rise in Pandemic, Supporting Use as At-Home Treatment

Giving more patients at-home access to the opioid addiction treatment drug methadone during the COVID pandemic did not lead to more overdose deaths, a nationwide study shows.

The research, which covered the period from January 2019 to August 2021, found that the push to ...

12 Jul
Drinking Alone in Youth a Big Sign for Future Problems

Drinking Alone in Youth a Big Sign for Future Problems

Drinking by yourself may have lifelong consequences, especially if the habit begins early in life, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that drinking alone during adolescence and young adulthood greatly increases risk for alcohol use disorder later on and the risk for...

06 Jul
Teens Have Triple the Odds of Misusing Marijuana Compared to Adults

Teens Have Triple the Odds of Misusing Marijuana Compared to Adults

In yet another report that illustrates the dangers pot poses to the young, developing brain, a new British study finds teenagers are much more likely than adults to develop an addiction to mariju...

21 Jun
Biden to Announce Nicotine-Reduction Rule for Tobacco Companies

Biden to Announce Nicotine-Reduction Rule for Tobacco Companies

A new rule that would require tobacco companies to slash nicotine levels in cigarettes could be issued Tuesday by the Biden administration.

The rule, which would have an unprecedented effect in lowering smoking-related deaths, would be unveiled as part of a compilation o...

13 Jun
Weekend Binge Drinking: Not as Harmless as You Think

Weekend Binge Drinking: Not as Harmless as You Think

Many may consider an episode of binge drinking -- defined as 5 or more drinks on one occasion --- as just being harmless fun. But a new study suggests that even moderate drinkers who indulge in binge drinking can suffer lasting consequences.

Researchers found that among ...

08 Jun
Menthol Cigarettes May Hook Young Smokers Faster: Study

Menthol Cigarettes May Hook Young Smokers Faster: Study

As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration weighs banning the sale of menthol cigarettes, a new study ...

08 Jun
4 in 10 U.S. Adults Who Need Mental Health Care Can't Get It: Survey

4 in 10 U.S. Adults Who Need Mental Health Care Can't Get It: Survey

There is a "staggering" gap between the number of Americans who need care for anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions and those who can actually get it, a new survey shows.

In all, 42% of U.S. adults who needed care in the previous 12 months did not get it...

13 May
Too Few People Treated for Opioid Use Get Anti-Overdose Med

Too Few People Treated for Opioid Use Get Anti-Overdose Med

A potentially lifesaving drug that reduces overdose risk is prescribed to less than half of Americans treated for opioid addiction, a new study finds.

This underuse of

04 Apr
Teens Who Misuse Drugs Rarely Shake the Issue as Adults: Study

Teens Who Misuse Drugs Rarely Shake the Issue as Adults: Study

Does youthful experimentation with drugs and alcohol always fade with age? Not necessarily, a long-term study warns.

Researchers found that more than 60% of teens who report heavy use of

04 Apr
Big Drop Seen in Kids Getting Opioids After Surgery

Big Drop Seen in Kids Getting Opioids After Surgery

Efforts to cut back on risky opioid use for pain after surgery are trickling down to kids.

New research shows that fewer Americans under the age of 18 were prescribed narcotics to treat surgical pain between 2014 and 2017, and these numbers dropped even more rapidly begi...

31 Mar
Police Records Show Use of Illegal Fentanyl-Laced Pills Soaring

Police Records Show Use of Illegal Fentanyl-Laced Pills Soaring

Dovetailing with a surge in overdose deaths, the United States has seen a sharp rise in seizures of illicit fentanyl, according to a new report.

Law enforceme...

24 Mar
Too Few People With Opioid Disorder Receive Best Treatments

Too Few People With Opioid Disorder Receive Best Treatments

Even though medication is considered the most effective therapy for opioid addiction, many Americans who need it don't receive it, a new study finds.

"Evidence supporting the effectiveness of medication for opioid use disorder - such as methadone, buprenorphine or naltre...

22 Mar
Arthritis? Back Pain? Medical Pot May Help You Avoid Opioid Painkillers

Arthritis? Back Pain? Medical Pot May Help You Avoid Opioid Painkillers

Medical marijuana could be a viable alternative to opioid painkillers for people dealing with arthritis or chronic back pain, two new studies show.

Many patients prescr...

07 Mar
Black Americans Now More Likely to Die of Drug Overdoses Than Whites

Black Americans Now More Likely to Die of Drug Overdoses Than Whites

For two decades, the death rate from opioid overdoses was higher among white Americans than Black Americans. But that changed in 2020, signaling an end to the notion that the overdose crisis is a "white problem."

Using data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and P...

03 Mar
Sackler Family & Purdue Pharma Reach Deal With U.S. States Over Opioid Crisis

Sackler Family & Purdue Pharma Reach Deal With U.S. States Over Opioid Crisis

A deal has been reached between members of the Sackler family and their company, Purdue Pharma, to settle thousands of lawsuits over their role in the U.S. opioid epidemic.

In return for an end to all current and future civil claims against them over the company's prescr...

10 Feb
CDC Issues Proposed Changes to Opioid Painkiller Guidelines

CDC Issues Proposed Changes to Opioid Painkiller Guidelines

Proposed changes to voluntary federal guidelines for prescribing opioid painkillers emphasize that doctors should first try other treatments for acute and chronic pain.

The non-opioid treatment options suggested by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention incl...

10 Feb
Opioids, Cocaine, Meth Are Hitting America's Black Communities Hardest

Opioids, Cocaine, Meth Are Hitting America's Black Communities Hardest

Combined use of opioids and stimulant drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine can be deadly, and in the United States Black communities have been hit especially hard by this lethal combo, new research indicates.

Over a 12-year period, Black Americans have had much larger ...

08 Feb
Vaping Not a Great Aid to Quitting Smoking: Study

Vaping Not a Great Aid to Quitting Smoking: Study

E-cigarettes have been touted as an aid to quit smoking tobacco cigarettes, but a new study suggests that's a myth.

Researchers found that using e-cigarettes ...

03 Feb
Could the 'Love Hormone' Help Drive Sex Addiction in Men?

Could the 'Love Hormone' Help Drive Sex Addiction in Men?

Men compelled to find myriad new partners and ways to have sex may be driven by high levels of the so-called "love hormone," oxytocin, new research suggests.

Oxytocin, which is produced by the...

01 Feb
Young Americans Lost Almost 1.5 Million Years of Life to Opioids Between 2015 and 2019

Young Americans Lost Almost 1.5 Million Years of Life to Opioids Between 2015 and 2019

The U.S. drug epidemic continues its death march, with new research showing American teens and young adults have lost nearly 1.5 million years of life due to drug overdose deaths in recent years.

For

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 ...

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