Addiction
Geneticists continue to unravel how genes impact drug use and addiction  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 hours
Research is revealing new insights into how genes impact drug use and addiction through a novel study of susceptibility to the effects of cocaine and methamphetamine... more
Vermont attorney general sues owners of opioid manufacturer  ABC NEWS · 4 hours
Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan says he's filed suit against eight members of the family that owns the drug company that manufactures OxyContin, one of the drugs believed to be part of... more
Can CBD Reduce Cravings And Stress In Opioid Users?  NPR · 5 hours
Researchers wanted to know if CBD can help people who are former opioid users resist relapse. Their double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial suggests CBD can help reduce stress and cravings. more
CBD May Reduce Drug Cravings in People with Heroin Addiction, Small Study Finds  LIVE SCIENCE · 6 hours
A small study suggests that the marijuana compound cannabidiol (CBD) may reduce cravings in those with heroin addiction. more
Mindfulness may reduce depression symptoms for mothers with opioid use disorder  NEWS MEDICAL · 11 hours
Mothers with opioid use disorder face many challenges as they work towards a more stable life for themselves and their children, depression not least among them. more
Cannabidiol reduces cue-induced craving and anxiety in individuals with history of heroin abuse  NEWS MEDICAL · 11 hours
Cannabidiol reduced cue-induced craving and anxiety in individuals with a history of heroin abuse, suggesting a potential role for it in helping... more
Opioid prescriptions drop sharply among state workers  NEWS MEDICAL · 19 hours
The agency that manages health care for California's massive state workforce is reporting a major reduction in opioid prescriptions, reflecting a national trend of physicians cutting back on the addictive drugs. more
Economists find net benefit in soda tax  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A team of economists has concluded that soda taxes serve as a "net good," an assessment based on an analysis of health benefits and consumer behavior. The work, which sees advantages similar to those... more
New project involves understanding link between opioid crisis and cancer  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
Jennifer Havens, Ph.D., professor of behavioral science in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, faculty member in the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research and member of... more
Can Touching Fentanyl Really Kill You?  LIVE SCIENCE · 4 days
Myths about mere exposure to the drug don't match with what doctors know about opioid toxicity. more
Life goes on under cloud of smog in Mexico City  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Scientists say breathing the heavily polluted air in Mexico City these days is like smoking somewhere between a quarter- and a half-pack of cigarettes a day. more
Medical News Today: What to know about ZzzQuil  MNT · 4 days
ZzzQuil is an over-the-counter medication for treating short-term sleeping difficulties. However, ZzzQuil is not suitable for younger children, and people with certain medical conditions should speak to a doctor before using it.... more
University of Virginia chemist identifies potential addiction-free pain reliever  NEWS MEDICAL · 5 days
An estimated 1.7 million Americans suffer from substance abuse disorders related to opioid use for pain relief, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. more
Chemists ID possible addiction-free pain reliever  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
An estimated 1.7 million Americans suffer from substance abuse disorders related to opioid use for pain relief, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. This causes an economic burden of more than $78 billion per... more
Judge orders FDA to speed up review of e-cigarettes  ABC NEWS · 6 days
A federal judge is ordering the Food and Drug Administration to begin reviewing e-cigarettes more
Judge orders FDA to begin regulating e-cigarettes  ABC NEWS · 6 days
Judge says FDA overstepped its authority by delaying review of vaping industry more
Babies exposed to opioids prenatally react more strongly to pain  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
Babies exposed to opioids while their mothers were pregnant with them may need special care even before they start to experience withdrawal symptoms, according to Penn State research. more
Mindfulness-based app designed to help people stop smoking can change the brain  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
Researchers have found that a mindfulness-based smartphone app designed to help people stop smoking was effective at reducing study participants' self-reported daily cigarette consumption. more
North Carolina sues e-cigarette maker Juul over marketing  ABC NEWS · 6 days
North Carolina's attorney general has filed a lawsuit against the maker of a popular e-cigarette maker, asking a court to limit what flavors it can sell and ensure underage teens can't buy... more
Opioid-exposed newborns may react to pain differently after birth  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Babies exposed to opioids while their mothers were pregnant with them may need special care even before they start to experience withdrawal symptoms, according to new research. more
Researchers learn more about opioid prescribing in primary care  NEWS MEDICAL · 7 days
Chronic opioid prescribing in primary care varies significantly by patient and clinician characteristics, according to a new study. more
Study finds persistently high rate of long-term opioid prescribing for older cancer survivors  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Using Medicare data, new findings from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston show for the first time that the rates... more
The Latest: Pennsylvania sues OxyContin maker over opioids  ABC NEWS · 1 week
The attorney general of Pennsylvania has filed a lawsuit accusing the company that makes OxyContin of fueling the opioid epidemic more
Maker of OxyContin gets hit with another state lawsuit  ABC NEWS · 1 week
The attorney general of Pennsylvania has filed a lawsuit accusing the company that makes OxyContin of fueling the opioid epidemic more
Historically 'safer' tramadol more likely than other opioids to result in prolonged use  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Surgical patients receiving the opioid tramadol have a somewhat higher risk of prolonged use than those receiving other common opioids, new research... more
Habitual coffee drinkers really do wake up and smell the coffee  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Regular coffee drinkers can sniff out even tiny amounts of coffee and are faster at recognizing the aroma, which could open the door to new ways... more
Hard-hit Pennsylvania to sue drugmaker over opioid epidemic  ABC NEWS · 1 week
The attorney general of Pennsylvania is filing a lawsuit accusing a pharmaceutical giant of fueling the opioid epidemic more
Coffee addicts are more sensitive to the smell of coffee  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Regular coffee drinkers can sniff out even tiny amounts of coffee and are faster at recognizing the aroma, compared to non-coffee drinkers, new research has found. more
Misapplication of opioid guidelines?  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is clarifying its guidelines on opioid prescribing, citing the findings of a review panel that many clinicians, policymakers and payers are misapplying the CDC's guidelines, and those actions are negatively affecting patients. more
New research highlights need to decrease amount of opioid medication available for misuse  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
As states crack down on doctor and pharmacy "shopping" by people who misuse opioids, a new study reveals how often those individuals... more
New program focuses on preventing alcohol, e-cigarette use by children  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
The bottom line is to help children grow up safer and healthier and to increase parents' ability to help them do that, says the investigator leading a $1.4... more
GPs must be better-equipped to tackle chronic opioid use  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
GPs must be better-equipped to support patients to manage the psychological challenge of reducing their opioid use - according to new research from the University of East Anglia. more
Warren's opioids message applauded in hard-hit West Virginia  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren's plan to battle the nation's drug addiction problem drew an enthusiastic response in a small West Virginia community waging its own fight against the cost of dealing... more
The Latest: Warren wants politics out of addiction tax plan  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren says her tax plan to address the nation's prescription pill addiction crisis would remove the middleman and instead send funding directly from the... more
SLU researchers reveal how to turn off neuropathic pain in a laboratory setting  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Facing an urgent need for safer and more effective therapies for those suffering from debilitating pain in the midst of an opioid... more
Warren bringing opioids message to hard-hit W.Va., Ohio  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Democratic presidential Elizabeth Warren is traveling to West Virginia and Ohio on Friday to share her plan to tax the wealthy as a way of fighting the U.S. opioid addiction crisis more
Penn study reveals link between mitochondrial damage and osteoporosis  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Some risk factors for osteoporosis such as being older and female or having a family history of the condition cannot be avoided. But others can, like smoking cigarettes, consuming alcohol,... more
A link between mitochondrial damage and osteoporosis  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
In healthy people, a tightly controlled process balances out the activity of osteoblasts, which build bone, and osteoclasts, which break it down. Damage to cells' mitochondria can make that process go awry, according to... more
Scientists locate brain area where value decisions are made  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Neurobiologists have pinpointed the brain area responsible for value decisions that are made based on past experiences. Data from tens of thousands of neurons revealed an area of the brain... more
Could deep brain stimulation help resolve the opioid epidemic?  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Researchers have developed an implant that has shown promise for reducing addiction rates. However, there are major ethical and financial concerns, which we have tried to cover in this news... more
Childhood maltreatment associated with greater use of e-cigarettes in young adults  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Young adults who experienced maltreatment during childhood are more prone to use e-cigarettes, according to a study published in The American Journal on Addictions. more
Addiction medicine mostly prescribed to whites, even as opioid deaths rose among blacks  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
White drug users addicted to heroin, fentanyl and other opioids have had near-exclusive access to buprenorphine, a drug that curbs the craving... more
Warren releases $100 billion plan to combat opioid epidemic  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has unveiled a new version of her plan to combat America's opioid epidemic, proposing to spend $100 billion over 10 years on battling the consequences... more
Experimental surgery gains support as opioid deaths rise  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Clinical trials in China using deep brain stimulation may hold the key to treating drug users, literally with the flip of a switch more
Warren releases $100 billion plan to combat opioids epidemic  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has unveiled a new version of her plan to combat America's opioid epidemic, proposing to spend $100 billion over 10 years on battling the consequences... more
Doctors eye deep brain stimulation to treat opioid addiction  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Clinical trials in China using deep brain stimulation may hold the key to treating drug users, literally with the flip of a switch more
Electronic implants studied for treatment of drug addiction  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Clinical trials in China using deep brain stimulation may hold the key to treating drug users, literally with the flip of a switch more
Chinese researchers try brain implants to treat drug addicts  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Clinical trials in China using deep brain stimulation may hold the key to treating drug users, literally with the flip of a switch more
Emails: Purdue executive cast blame on opioid victims  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
A member of the family that owns Purdue Pharma cast blame on victims of the opioid epidemic in nearly 20-year-old emails that have been made public in a lawsuit brought by Connecticut's... more
Meth vs. opioids: America has two drug epidemics, but focuses on one  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Kim had been wine tasting with a friend in Sonoma, Calif. They got into an argument in the car that night and Kim thought... more
Priory’s Roehampton Hospital rated as 'good' across mental health and addictions services by CQC  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
The Priory’s Roehampton Hospital in south-west London has been rated as ‘good’ across all the mental health and addictions services... more
Study: Few patients at high risk of opioid overdose receive naloxone prescriptions  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
A study based on a national database of private insurance claims suggests few patients at high risk of opioid overdose receive prescriptions for naloxone,... more
Could Life on Earth Have Come from Another Star System?  SPACE.COM · 3 weeks
Life may have traveled to Earth from afar, aboard an interstellar visitor like the weird, cigar-shaped 'Oumuamua. more
Research on Reddit identifies risks associated with unproven treatments for opioid addiction  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Using advanced machine-learning techniques, Georgia Tech researchers have examined nearly 1.5 million Reddit posts to identify risks associated with several of the most common... more
Pharmaceutical exec guilty of bribing doctors to push opioid  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
A pharmaceutical company founder accused of paying millions in bribes to doctors to prescribe a highly addictive fentanyl spray has been found guilty along with four ex-employees more
Drug firm founder guilty of bribing doctors to push opioid  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
The wealthy founder of a drug company has been convicted of scheming to bribe doctors across the country to prescribe a highly addictive fentanyl spray more
The Latest: Drug company founder disappointed in conviction  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
The wealthy founder of a drug company has been convicted of scheming to bribe doctors across the country to prescribe a highly addictive fentanyl spray more
Drug company founder convicted in opioid bribery scheme  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
The wealthy founder of a drug company has been convicted of scheming to bribe doctors across the country to prescribe a highly addictive fentanyl spray more
Cocaine deaths up in US, and opioids are a big part of it  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Amid a national opioid overdose crisis, cocaine deaths are also up, new report says more
News attorneys: Opioid distribution data should be public  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Attorneys for news organization have argued that the U.S. public should see federal data about how prescription opioids were distributed more
Tumor cells' drug addiction may be their downfall  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
New research shows how cancer cells' acquired-resistance to anti-cancer drugs proves fatal once the treatment compound is withdrawn. more
Federal court to consider news outlet access to opioid data  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
A three-judge panel will hear arguments on whether federal data about how prescription opioid drugs were distributed should be made public more
Vaccine shows lasting effects against fentanyl addiction in rats  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
A vaccine that combines a fentanyl antigen with a tetanus toxoid has been shown to reduce fentanyl choices and increase food choices with effects lasting several months in rats. These... more
UH College of Pharmacy PREMIER Center aims to tackle prescription drug misuse  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
For the first time in American history, a person is more likely to die from an accidental opioid overdose than from a car accident. more
Court rules in favor of woman seeking opioid meds in jail  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
A federal appeals court has affirmed a judge's order requiring a jail to provide medication to a woman to keep her opioid addiction in remission more
Diabetes drug could help with smoking cessation  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Phillip Robinson has gone from 10 cigarettes a day to one or two every other day after enrolling in a smoking cessation clinical trial launched by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science... more
US sales OK'd for cigarette alternative that heats tobacco  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
FDA will allow Philip Morris International to sell cigarette alternative that heats tobacco without burning it more
West Virginia hospitals sue opioid companies; want damages  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Hospitals in the state with the nation's highest opioid overdose rate have banded together to sue some of the country's largest opioid companies more
Study estimates use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes among women of reproductive age in the U.S.  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Cigarette use was lower among pregnant women in the United States (8 percent) than among nonpregnant women (14.3 percent) but... more
SLU researcher wins NIH grant to identify risk factors for opioid-related depression  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
A Saint Louis University researcher has received a grant to study the pathways from chronic prescription opioid use to new onset mood disorder. more
Judge: Former opioid advocate can testify against industry  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
A doctor who spent decades advocating for broader use of prescription painkillers will now be allowed to testify against the opioid industry in a trial set for October more
Filled opioid prescriptions are relatively rare in Medicaid-enrolled children, finds study  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
A new study describes trends in filled opioid prescriptions by patient and clinical characteristics for Medicaid-enrolled children. more
New quality improvement tool shows signs of improved care of opioid-exposed newborns  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
A new quality improvement tool called Eat, Sleep and Console shows consistent signs of improved care of opioid-exposed newborns in neonatal intensive care units. more
Study shines light on geographic variation in pediatric deaths from opioid poisonings  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
A new study shines light on pediatric opioid deaths by U.S. region, the first time a study of this nature has been conducted. Findings... more
Impact of prescription drug monitoring programs on opioid exposures in children  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
A new study measures the impact state-run, prescription drug monitoring programs, pain clinic legislation and opioid prescribing guidelines have on opioid exposures among children. more
AP-NORC Poll: Many blame drug firms for opioid crisis  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Who's to blame for opioid crisis? Many Americans point to drug manufacturers and drug users more
Treating addiction: Cryo-EM technology enables the 'impossible'  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Scientists used a compound found in a shrub native to Africa to reveal the three major shapes of the serotonin transporter, a protein in the brain linked to anxiety and depression. The discovery opens... more
Exposing cancer's metabolic addictions  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Researchers describe a new set of 'rules' that predict how the tissue of origin influences critical aspects of the genetic makeup of tumors, with potentially important therapeutic implications. more
Trump to keep fighting opioids 'until our job is done'  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
President Donald Trump is pledging to continue battling the deadly epidemic of opioid drug abuse "until our job is done." more
The Latest: Trump says he won't stop fighting opioid crisis  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
President Donald Trump says his administration is using every resource it has to fight the nation's opioid crisis more
Microbial contaminants found in popular e-cigarettes  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Popular electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) products sold in the US were contaminated with bacterial and fungal toxins, according to new research. more
Trump claims credit for progress in battling opioid epidemic  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
President Donald Trump is claiming credit for progress in battling the opioid epidemic more
Treating addiction: Cryo-EM technology enables the 'impossible'  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Scientists used a compound found in a shrub native to Africa to reveal the three major shapes of the serotonin transporter, a protein in the brain linked to anxiety and depression. more
E-cigarettes contaminated with dangerous microbial toxins  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Researchers have discovered that many popular e-cigarette products are contaminated with microbial toxins that are known to cause a range of health problems more
Rehab patients' unpaid work for big companies likely illegal  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
A nationally renowned drug rehab program in Texas and Louisiana has sent patients struggling with addiction to work for free for some of the biggest companies in America, likely in... more
Amid opioid prescriber crackdown, health officials reach out to pain patients  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
A pharmacist in Celina, Tenn., was one of 60 people indicted on charges of opioid-related crimes last week, in a multistate sting. John Polston was charged... more
Bacterial and fungal toxins found in popular electronic cigarettes  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Popular electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) products sold in the U.S. were contaminated with bacterial and fungal toxins, according to new research from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. more
Indictment: Ex-CEO ignored red flags as opioid crisis raged  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
The former head of a drug distributor has been indicted on criminal charges stemming from the opioid crisis more
Feds: Ex-CEO is first drug exec indicted in opioid crisis  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
The former head of a drug distributor has been indicted on what federal prosecutors say are the first-ever criminal charges against a drug company executive stemming from the... more
Walgreens to hike minimum age for store tobacco sales  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Walgreens has decided to ban tobacco sales to minors several weeks after a federal official called the drugstore chain a top violator of laws restricting access to cigarettes, smokeless tobacco... more
Traditional and e-cigarette users may be more receptive to smoking cessation interventions  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
A study by MassGeneral Hospital for Children researchers finds that parents who use both traditional cigarettes and e-cigarettes may be more receptive to smoking... more
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