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CDC: Fatal Drug Overdoses Up Significantly in the US

CDC: Fatal Drug Overdoses Up Significantly in the US

The latest government data show that prescription opioids and heroin lead the increase.

Marijuana Use in US Adults Up Significantly

Marijuana Use in US Adults Up Significantly

Daily cannabis use nearly doubled between 2002 and 2014, and fewer people perceive the drug as harmful.

Rise Seen in Dangerous OTC Anti-diarrheal Abuse

Rise Seen in Dangerous OTC Anti-diarrheal Abuse

Web forum discussions have seen a notable increase in concerns of loperamide abuse.

Improving Outcomes for Infants Born With Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Improving Outcomes for Infants Born With Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

New research suggests that reducing length of treatment and hospitalization in infants diagnosed with drug withdrawal symptoms at birth can be made possible by standardizing hospital care policies across institutions.

American Society of Anesthesiologists Introduces New Committee to Address Opioid Abuse

American Society of Anesthesiologists Introduces New Committee to Address Opioid Abuse

The ASA has announced the creation of its Ad Hoc Committee on Prescription Opioid Abuse to help address the country's growing epidemic.

Cannabis Dependence: Genetic Factors Identified

Cannabis Dependence: Genetic Factors Identified

Genome-wide association ID'd three independent regions with single nucleotide polymorphisms.

ER Naltrexone Associated With Lower Rate of Opioid Relapse

ER Naltrexone Associated With Lower Rate of Opioid Relapse

Lower rate of relapse compared with usual treatment in trial involving criminal justice offenders.

Opiate Detox During Pregnancy Appears Safe for Fetus

Opiate Detox During Pregnancy Appears Safe for Fetus

Researchers found the importance of intense behavioral health follow-up to reduce the occurrence of neonatal abstinence syndrome.

High Number of Patients Prescribed Opioids Following Tooth Extraction

High Number of Patients Prescribed Opioids Following Tooth Extraction

New research reviews nationwide patterns of painkiller prescribing following surgical tooth extraction.

Does Suppression of Substance Abuse Claims Impact Diagnoses?

Does Suppression of Substance Abuse Claims Impact Diagnoses?

CMS suppression of claims linked to immediate decline in inpatient rates of related comorbidities.