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  1. ER Practices Key to Helping Painkiller Addicts

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A comparison of three treatments for narcotic painkiller addiction found that patients given the medication buprenorphine in the emergency department do better than those given only referrals. Addiction to prescr

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  2. Heroin Use Levels Off in U.S., But Still High

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Levels of heroin use in the United States have stabilized but are still high, federal officials reported Thursday. In 2013, about 681,000 Americans aged 12 and older said they had used heroin in the past year. That numb

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  3. 'Tamper-Proof' Painkiller May Be Curbing Abuse

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Narcotic painkillers that have features that make them hard to abuse may be linked to a drop in both the number of prescriptions and overdoses of these drugs, a new study finds. After a tamper-resistant form of OxyConti

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  4. Synthetic Pot Sends Hundreds to ERs in AL, MS

    April 17, 2015 -- In the past month, more than 300 people in Alabama and Mississippi have sought emergency care after using synthetic marijuana, according to health officials. Synthetic marijuana, also called spice, is sold illegally in convenience stores. Officials said there have been 227 spice-re

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  5. New Synthetic Drug 'Flakka' Triggers Crazed Behaviors

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A potent new designer drug called "flakka" is making headlines across the United States, driving many users into fits of screaming, naked rage accompanied by vivid hallucinations. Why naked? Because the drug sends bod

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  6. One-Quarter of Narcotic Painkillers Misused

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Almost a quarter of powerful narcotic painkillers that are prescribed for chronic pain are misused, and the rate of addiction among patients hovers near 10 percent, a new review shows. The findings raise questions about

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  7. Synthetic Pot Linked to Kidney Injury

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that synthetic marijuana, also known as K2 or Spice, might harm the kidneys. "Use and abuse of these products have been tied to acute kidney injury in patients across the country," Kerry Willis, chie

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  8. Palcohol: Risky for Teens and People in Recovery?

    March 13, 2015 -- The powdered alcohol product known as Palcohol may be available on store shelves this summer. Some health officials are concerned it will only worsen underage drinking. Federal regulators with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved the new product this week. Five sta

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  9. Powdered Alcohol Approved by U.S. Regulators

    March 11, 2015 -- U.S. regulators have approved a controversial powdered alcohol product called Palcohol, which is meant to be mixed into drinks. Four varieties of Palcohol were approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, said agency spokesman Tom Hogue, but he added that states have t

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  10. Heroin Overdose Deaths Quadruple Since 2000

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Heroin overdose deaths have skyrocketed in recent years, quadrupling since 2000, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday. At the same time, poisoning deaths related to painkiller abuse have leveled off, even dropping

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