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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
Hospital operator Universal Health Services announced its intent to buy Foundations Recovery Network for $350 million dollars.
Life September 19, 2015
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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