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    1. Drug Overdoses Hit Record High: CDC

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Dec. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Drug overdose deaths reached record highs in 2014, fueled largely by the abuse of narcotic painkillers and heroin, U.S. health officials reported Friday. In 2014, more than 47,000 Americans died from drug overdoses -- a

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    2. Primary Care Docs Leading Opioid Prescribers

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Americans continue to be plagued by an epidemic of prescription narcotic painkiller abuse, and a new study finds primary care physicians are by far the biggest prescribers of the drugs. Researchers led by Dr. Jonathan Chen

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    3. U.S. Drug Overdose Deaths Rose 7% in 2014

      Dec. 11, 2015 -- Heroin and narcotic painkillers were major factors in the seven percent rise in drug overdose deaths in the United States between 2013 and 2014, federal government data shows. There were more than 47,000 overdose deaths last year. That included nearly 19,000 deaths from powerful pre

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    4. Fewer Teens Driving After Drinking, Smoking Pot

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer teens and young adults are driving under the influence of alcohol or a combination of alcohol and marijuana, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. From 2002 to 2014, self-reported driving under the influence o

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    5. More Seek Treatment for Painkiller, Heroin Abuse

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More American teens and adults are seeking treatment for heroin and prescription painkiller abuse, a new U.S. government report reveals. In 2013, heroin accounted for 19 percent of admissions to publicly funded substance-

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    6. Powerful New Pot May Harm the Brain

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking high-potency marijuana might damage nerve fibers that connect the brain's two hemispheres, a new study reports. MRI scans of nearly 100 people -- including some diagnosed with psychosis -- associated frequent u

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    7. Those in 50s Largest Group Battling Drug Addiction

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults are now the largest age group seeking help in narcotic painkiller and heroin treatment programs, a study based in New York City found. Narcotic painkillers include prescription painkillers, such as morphine

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    8. FDA OKs Nasal Spray to Reverse Painkiller Overdose

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A nasal spray that treats narcotic painkiller and heroin drug overdoses has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The newly approved nasal spray (Narcan) contains the medication naloxone hydrochloride,

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    9. Drug Overdose Rates Soaring Among U.S. Youth

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Drug overdose deaths have skyrocketed among teens and young adults in the United States, with rates tripling or quadrupling in one out of every three states, a new report says. Nationwide, the drug overdose death rate

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    10. Almost 1 in 10 Americans Has Lifelong Drug Problem

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one in 10 Americans has some type of lifelong drug use disorder, a new federal government survey finds. But only a quarter of them get the treatment they need, researchers said. The findings stem from a large U.S. N

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