Tag: drug addiction

Researchers Pretend To Be Heroin Addicts To Spot Weaknesses In Treatment System

Researchers tried to set up appointments for heroin addiction treatment in clinics in states where opioid mortality is high. They found that real patients would face a number of roadblocks when seeking help.

Public Health June 5, 2019

Can Brain Implants Treat Drug Addicts? Chinese Doctors Use Eye Deep Brain Stimulation For Opioid Addiction Treatment

Imagine a magical machine that can switch off addiction in the brain. That machine is what Chinese researchers are using to treat methamphetamine and opioid addiction in patients for the first time ever.

Biotech May 9, 2019

Homeless Veteran Johnny Bobbitt Jr. Sentenced For His Involvement In GoFundMe Scam That Raised $400,000

Johnny Bobbit Jr., who struggled with drug addiction, said he did not have a role in setting up the GoFundMe campaign, but he promoted the fraud by appearing on TV shows and retelling the lie. He will go through a long-term, in-patient drug program followed by special probation.

Viral April 13, 2019

Retail Stores Install Blue Lights In Restrooms To Try To Fight Back Against Opioid Epidemic

Retails store chains are participating in a field test for blue lights in their restrooms. The blue lights are being used to deter drug users from injecting themselves in the stalls, as part of the fight against the opioid crisis.

Public Health June 25, 2018

Aerobic Exercising Can Help Treat Addictions To Alcohol And Drugs, A New Study Suggests

A new study shows that aerobic exercising can help combat a person's addiction to drugs and alcohol. This particular exercise also helps reduce stress and depression as well as many physical health issues.

Healthy Living/Wellness May 29, 2018

Opioid Prescriptions Have Dropped But Remain High: CDC

Opioid prescriptions in the United States have dropped 18 percent from 2010 to 2015 but they remain high overall, according to a new CDC report. Learn the opioid prescription trends that fuel a drug overdose epidemic in the country.

Public Health July 7, 2017

Drug Counselors At Addiction Facility Found Dead After Overdosing On Opioids

Residents in recovery at an addiction facility in West Brandywine, Chester County, found their two counselors dead after they overdosed on opioid drugs. Police discovered used needles and heroin laced with fentanyl near the bodies.

Public Health May 25, 2017

Vagus Nerve Stimulation Therapy: How It Can Curb Cluster Headaches, Other Health Woes

The FDA has recently approved a handheld vagus nerve stimulation device for treating cluster headaches. Find out what other conditions, including treatment-resistant depression, VNS therapy can help with.

Medicine April 21, 2017

Nerve Stimulation Therapy Shows Promise Reducing Drug Cravings

Vagus nerve stimulation, an FDA-approved therapy for a series of diseases such as epilepsy and depression, could be efficient against drug abuse. New research has shown positive results in interchanging drug craving behaviors in rodents with non-drug-related ones.

Neuroscience January 26, 2017

Addiction Is A Chronic Illness: US Surgeon General Report

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said that addiction should not be treated as a character flaw. He said that substance abuse should be viewed and approached as a chronic illness such as cancer and heart disease.

Public Health November 17, 2016

New Drug Relieves Pain Like Morphine But Does Not Cause Addiction, Other Side Effects Linked To Opioid Use

The compound PZM21 does not cause side effects associated with use of opioid painkillers. In a study on mice, the drug did not cause respiratory suppression, constipation or addictive behaviors.

Medicine August 17, 2016

What Makes Cocaine So Addictive? Study Uncovers Clues

Cocaine addiction affects more than 700,000 people in the United States alone. Researchers have uncovered clues as to what makes the drug so addictive, offering insight that could help develop new treatment options.

Healthy Living/Wellness August 2, 2016

Prince Died From Accidental Overdose Of Opioid Fentanyl, Toxicology Tests Reveal

Toxicology tests reveal that the iconic singer Prince died from an accidental overdose of opioid fentanyl, which is 25 to 50 times more powerful than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine.

Feature | Health June 3, 2016

Victoria's $30 Million Crackdown On 'Prescription Shopping' To Stop Overdose Deaths

The Victorian government is spending $30 million to fund its real-time monitoring system to crackdown prescription shopping that could lead to drug overdose deaths. The system will include Schedule 8 drugs such as morphine and would include participation of physicians, pharmacies and hospitals.

Public Health April 25, 2016

Obama Commutes Sentences Of 61 Federal Drug Offenders

President Barack Obama granted early release to 61 federal drug offenders as part of sentencing reform initiatives. The clemency targets certain nonviolent federal drug offenders who may have been over sentenced.

Society March 31, 2016

Health Canada Removes Prescription Status Of Naloxone

Health Canada took a bold approach toward reducing deaths from opioid overdose. It delisted its popular antidote, which means it can now be obtained off prescription.

Life March 26, 2016

The FDA Cracks Down On Drug Abuse, Requires Warning Labels On Opioids

The FDA will now require some opioids to have a label that features a warning that the prescription drug could be addictive and lead to addiction, overdose and death.

Life March 22, 2016

Young Cocaine Users At Greater Risk For Stroke

A new study found that young cocaine users carry greater risk for ischemic stroke, which is due to a blood vessel blockage in or leading to the patient's brain. A blood clot often causes the blockage in this type of stroke. Ischemic stroke is also the most common stroke type.

Life March 21, 2016

Blame Your Parents For Your Impulsive Nature: Genetics Influence Choice Between Smaller Rewards Now Or Bigger Ones Later

Past studies showed people who go for smaller, immediate rewards carry bigger risks in struggling with addiction and impulsivity. New research found specific genes influence a person's decision-making tendencies.

Life December 11, 2015

Women More Likely To Become Addicted To Prescription Painkillers: Study

A new study found that women are more likely than men to become addicted to painkillers. While these findings may come to no surprise for healthcare professionals working with addicts for the last several years, it could help support the need for developing treatment options geared towards women.

Life November 11, 2015

Nonmedical Use Of Prescription Opioids Drops But Overdose Deaths And Drug Misuse Disorders On The Rise

A new study found that nonmedical use of opioids has dropped. However, researchers also discovered that opioid-related drug misuse disorders and deaths due to overdose have risen.

Life October 15, 2015

Forget Rehab: Buddhist Monastery In Thailand Makes Drug Users Vomit For A Week To Cure Addiction

Monks at the Wat Thram Krabok temple in Thailand have helped individuals quit their drug addiction for more than 50 years by forcing to vomit intensely using a secret herbal drink.

Life September 30, 2015

Universal Health Services Shelling Out $350M To Buy Addiction Treatment Company Foundations Recovery Network

Hospital operator Universal Health Services announced its intent to buy Foundations Recovery Network for $350 million dollars.

Life September 19, 2015

Eminem Shares Previous Struggle With Drugs That Pushed Him To 230 Pounds

Rapper Eminem confesses of having overdosed of prescription drugs in 2007 and how his addiction caused him to gain weight. After rehab, the rapper’s addiction was redirected to exercise, which helped him lose about 80 pounds.

Life August 3, 2015

Massachusetts Kicks War On Opioids Into High Gear

In 2014 alone, 1,000 people died of opioid overdose in Massachusetts. The state is adopting a $27 million plan to address problems on drug addiction.

Life June 24, 2015

NOPE: Schools In Some U.S. States Initiate New Anti-Drug Program

New drug educational program focuses on prescription painkillers, increasingly being abused by young people. Such drugs account for 71 percent of prescription drug overdoses, figures show.

Life February 10, 2015

NIH implements new policies to address gender bias in biomedical research

The National Institutes of Health has just announced new policies that aim to end gender bias in biomedical research. Scientists have historically preferred male lab subjects, resulting in a lack of knowledge of female biology.

Life September 23, 2014

Gene Simmons says sorry for controversial comments about depression and suicide

Sober rocker Gene Simmons apologizes for harsh remarks on depression and suicide. His comments were made before Robin Williams' suicide last week.

Life August 20, 2014

FDA approves oxycodone painkiller designed to prevent drug abuse

New formulation of controversial pain killer oxycodone has added ingredient meant to reduce abuse of drug. If crushed and snorted or injected, euphoric effect is muted.

Life July 25, 2014

Brains of sex addicts just like brains of drug addicts: Study

Individuals with compulsive sexual behavior and drug addicts show similar brain activities when exposed to stimuli. Researchers, however, said this does not prove CSB patients are addicted to pornography.

Life July 13, 2014

Heroin users are white, wealthy and living in the suburbs

Heroin use, long considered an "inner city" problem, is now more prevalent in American's suburbs, researchers say. Increasingly, addicts are wealthy, white and live in the best neighborhoods.

Healthy Living/Wellness May 29, 2014

First daughter of NY Chiara de Blasio details triumph over depression, addiction

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's daughter, Chiara, has struggled with drug addiction and depression one year ago. On Tuesday, she received an award given to role models of youth struggling with mental health problems and substance abuse.

Life May 7, 2014

Zohydro: Why medical experts and authorities are worried of this painkiller in the market?

FDA's approval of painkiller Zohydro was met by arguments and protests among private individuals and public officials who believe that it could add up to the already prevalent problem of prescription-drug addiction. Find out the reasons of their worries.

Life April 30, 2014

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