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  1. Teen Binge Drinking Linked to Attention Problems

    Oct. 19, 2010 -- Teens who binge drink may be more likely to experience problems with attention as well as making decisions and carrying them out (executive function), a study shows. The study, published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, also shows that teens who smoke marijuana tend

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  2. FDA OKs Drug to Treat Opioid Addiction

    Oct. 14, 2010 -- The FDA has approved a drug already used to treat alcohol dependence to help treat patients with addiction to heroin, morphine, and other opioids, including prescription painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin. Vivitrol, a long-acting formulation of naltrexone given by injection o

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  3. ‘Poppers’ May Cause Vision Loss

    Oct. 13, 2010 -- "Poppers," the street name for inhaled alkyl nitrite, may produce more than just a “rush.” They can also cause vision loss, according to researchers in Paris, who report on four such cases in this week's New England Journal of Medicine. Within a few seconds of inhaling the vapors fr

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  4. CDC: Binge Drinking 'Huge U.S. Health Problem'

    Oct. 5, 2010 -- Binge drinking is a "huge public health problem" in the U.S., yet most of us don't know it's a problem, the CDC today announced. Because 80% of binge drinkers are not alcoholics, it's not recognized as a problem, CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH, said today at a news teleconferen

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  5. Economy Driving Americans to Drink?

    Oct. 5, 2010 -- More Americans are drinking alcohol, and the increase is seen in three major ethnic groups -- whites, blacks, and Hispanics, according to a new study. “The reasons for the uptick vary and may involve complex socio-demographic changes in the population, but the findings are clear,” sa

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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