Health News

Schizophrenia & Substance Abuse
Marijuana, cocaine and alcohol are the most commonly abused substances by schizophrenics. Data on this substance abuse varies widely, muddling the picture.
Depression and Substance Abuse
Depression in patients with access to an opioid prescription can lead to misuse through self-medication. Doctors should screen chronic opioid therapy patients for depression.
Heroin Use on the Rise
Prescription painkiller abuse problems were addressed by manufacturers by incorporating a tamper-resistant reformulation. Unfortunately, drug abusers have started using heroin to get high instead.
Multiple Risk Factors Linked to Preemies
Marijuana is often thought of as a drug that causes relatively little harm compared to other street drugs. But that may not be the case if you're carrying a little one to term.
Teens Do More Drugs During Summer Break
The summer months are a time for rest and relaxation. For some teens though, they can also be a time for risk taking and substance abuse.
FDA Regulated Opioid Scripts
Opioid prescription drug abuse is being called an epidemic by the Obama administration. New education measures will be required at the expense of the drug manufacturers.
Foster Care for Meth Exposed Kids
Kids that live in homes where their parents use methamphetamines are often abused and neglected. Foster care interventions can help place the child in a better environment.
Drug-Related ER Visits
Emergency rooms (ER) report all drug-related information to a special government public health watchdog. Reports of drug overdoses and adverse reactions are through the roof, compared to a few years ago.
Methadone Overdoses
Methadone can be prescribed safely for cancer-level pain and heroin addiction. When abused, it’s responsible for more prescription painkiller overdose deaths than any other opioid .
One Effective Heroin Treatment
Among the treatments for dependence on opioids such as heroin or hydrocodone are methadone maintenance treatments, which block a person's cravings and relieve withdrawal symptoms.