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    1. More Americans Using Illicit Drugs

      Sept. 17, 2010 -- Driven by increases in marijuana smoking, illicit drug use rose in 2009 to 8.7% of the population aged 12 years and older, up slightly from 8% in 2008, according to a new report. The report also shows that the non-medical use of prescription drugs rose from 2.5% of the population i

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    2. Prescription Drug Use on the Rise in U.S.

      Sept. 2, 2010 -- Prescription drug use in the U.S. has been rising steadily in the past decade and the trend shows no signs of slowing, the CDC says in a new report. The study, published in the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief No. 42, says the percentage of Americans who took a

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    3. Drug Abuse on the Rise in Baby Boomers

      June 17, 2010 -- Drug abuse among Americans aged 50 and older has risen sharply in recent years, with admissions for treatment nearly doubling between 1992 and 2008, new research indicates. Although alcohol is still the leading substance abuse cause of hospital admissions for people in this age grou

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    4. Conquering Meth Addiction: Carren Clem's Story

      I never expected to become a drug addict. I grew up in rural Montana. My dad worked as a narcotics cop, so my siblings and I knew how bad drugs were. I played violin, had my own pony, did well in school, and went to church. But in sixth grade, I started having social problems. I was teased and exclu

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    5. Gender Gap in Prescription Pain Drug Abuse

      April 29, 2010 -- Gender appears to play a role in the risk of abuse of prescription pain drugs, a study shows. Predictors of such abuse are different in men and women, researchers say, and knowing this could help doctors adopt treatment plans that are less likely to cause misuse of opioid medicatio

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    6. Indoor Tanning Addiction Linked to Anxiety, Drug Abuse

      April 19, 2010 -- Indoor tanning can be addictive, and people who are hooked on tanning beds may also be prone to anxiety and substance abuse problems, according to a new study in the Archives of Dermatology. Despite the well-publicized risks of skin cancer, indoor tanning is on the rise among adole

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    7. Too Much Alcohol? Friends May Be to Blame

      April 5, 2010 -- The people you hang out with play a big role in determining how much booze you drink -- or if you drink alcohol at all. The finding comes from a study based on data mined from the Framingham Heart Study, which followed 12,067 people for more than 30 years, looking at lifestyle habit

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    8. FAQ: K2, Spice Gold, and Herbal 'Incense'

      Editor's note: On March 1, 2011, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration invoked its "emergency scheduling authority" to make most "legal high" products illegal. The relatively inactive herbs used in these products are spiked with potent designer drugs. The DEA action applies to five of these drugs

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    9. Dangerous Cocktail: Energy Drinks + Alcohol

      Feb. 12, 2010 -- College-age drinkers who swill alcoholic energy-drink cocktails are three times more likely than alcohol-only drinkers to leave a bar drunk. What's more, those imbibing energy cocktails are four times more likely to attempt drunken driving, find University of Florida researchers Den

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    10. Abuse of Alcohol, Pot Linked to Same Genes

      Dec. 18, 2009 -- Marijuana is the most widely used illegal drug in the U.S., but little is known about the genes that influence its use. Now new research suggests that many of the same genetic factors that lead people to drink alcohol also lead them to smoke marijuana. Researchers interviewed 2,761

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