Recent study in Oregon reveals public considers alcohol more harmful than marijuana
As the national conversation about marijuana legalization continues, an important question is how changing marijuana policy may influence use of other substances, such as alcohol.
Drugs, alcohol and suicides contribute to alarming drop in U.S. life expectancy
Life expectancy in the U.S. has fallen for the second year in a row, thanks to a combination of drug and alcohol use and suicides, according to a new report.
Stronger cannabis linked to rise in demand for drug treatment programs
Study drawing on data from the Netherlands is the first to show how admissions to treatment centers rise and fall in line with cannabis strength.
Could ketamine help treat alcohol dependence?
Current treatments for alcohol dependence often fail. So researchers are investigating more unusual interventions.
Why treating addiction with medication should be carefully considered
When a patient has diabetes, doctors typically prescribe insulin, along with diet and exercise. When a patient has high blood pressure, we prescribe medication, and we also reinforce the importance of healthy eating, exercise, weight loss and quitting smoking.
These myths about drugs and addiction are making the opioid epidemic worse
By a host of measurements, the opioid epidemic delivered another year of devastating blows to countless families and communities in 2017.
Study of first-graders shows fetal alcohol spectrum disorders prevalent in U.S. communities
NIH-funded research examined over 6,000 children to determine prevalence of FASD ranged from 1.1 to 5 percent.
Drinking alcohol can clear brain waste, study finds
If you're partial to a drink or two, you will love the results of a recent study; researchers have found that a "low" intake of alcohol may help to cleanse the brain.
E-cigarette flavors found to be toxic
Recent research published in the journal Frontiers in Physiology examines the effect of electronic cigarette vapors on two types of white blood cell. The findings suggest that the compounds that give e-cigarettes their flavor are toxic, with some flavors being worse than others.
The Public and the Opioid-Abuse Epidemic
Over the past year, the U.S. opioid-abuse epidemic has gained enormous visibility. President Donald Trump has identified it as a “public health emergency,” and a national commission and a commission of state governors have issued recommendations for action.
Opioid Epidemic Spurs Increase in Drug Testing, Risks for Employers
The Department of Transportation (DOT) recently added four drugs at the heart of the nation's opioid epidemic to its drug testing panels: hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone and oxymorphone—the central ingredients in such pain medications as Vicodin, Oxycontin and Percocet.