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    1. 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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    2. Mindfulness Therapy as Good as Depression Meds

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy might offer an alternative for people with depression who don't want to take antidepressants long-term, British researchers say. Their study, published April 21 online in The Lancet,

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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. Binge Eating Disorder: How You Can Help

      “It’s not about the food. It’s a way of coping with emotions.” That’s the No. 1 thing to remember when you live with, or parent, someone who has binge eating disorder, says Chelsea Kronengold, a grad student in psychology at Columbia University. She should know -- she was diagnosed 2 years ago. What

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    7. Antidepressants Linked to First-Time Seizures

      April 8, 2015 -- A new study ties antidepressants to a higher risk for first-time seizures in people being treated for depression. Older antidepressants called tricyclics were the only type not linked to the raised risk, say researchers from the University of Basel in Switzerland. The kinds connecte

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    8. Prescription Drug Abuse: Who Gets Addicted?

      Jason first became addicted to prescription pills when he was a teen, after a doctor prescribed a powerful drug to treat his migraine headaches. "It took care of the migraine, but I found myself taking [the painkillers] even when I didn't have the migraine, because I just enjoyed that euphoric numbn

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    9. 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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    10. What You Need to Know About Ketamine’s Effects

      Ketamine works like a flash mob in the brain, temporarily taking over a certain chemical “receptor.” In some cases and with expert medical care, that can be a good thing. But cross that line, and it’s big trouble. That’s why ketamine could become the biggest advance in depression treatment in years,

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