Latest drug abuse Stories

2009-05-06 13:26:00

Alliance Calls for Cross-Sector Solutions, Releases Strategy Report WASHINGTON, May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- A national alliance of families, the pharmaceutical industry, patients, consumer groups, and drug abuse prevention advocates released a national strategy proposal to counter the continued rise in prescription drug abuse. "Rising rates of prescription drug abuse are the result of a combination of factors and can only be countered successfully by a coordinated, multi-sector strategy," said...

2009-05-05 06:25:00

A new program, backed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, aims to guide health workers past the stigma of asking important patient questions about serious substance abuse problems. This ensures that more patients are asked for simple clues to addiction at every doctor's visit. The program is a step-by-step computerized guide that takes patients' answers to various behavior questions, analyzes their risk for a serious substance use problem, and instructs doctors on what to do next. Some...

2009-05-04 13:28:00

WASHINGTON, May 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) applauds the latest nationwide survey results showing that more parents than ever are addressing over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicine abuse with their teens. The Partnership/Metlife Parents Attitude Tracking Study (PATS) indicates that 65 percent of parents are talking to their teen about the dangers of using OTC cough and cold medicine to get high, up from 55 percent in 2007. PATS-Parents 2008...

2009-04-29 14:20:00

School-based drug education programs for adolescents can have a long-term positive impact on sexual behavior in addition to curbing substance abuse, according to a new RAND Corporation study. Researchers found that young adults who had been exposed to a popular drug abuse prevention program as adolescents were less likely to engage in risky sexual behavior five to seven years later, according to the findings published online by the Journal of Adolescent Health. The study provides the...

2009-03-11 11:04:00

NEW YORK, March 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The nonprofit Partnership for a Drug-Free America supports President Obama and Vice President Biden in choosing Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske as the next Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). "Chief Kerlikowske's deep understanding of the broad-ranging impacts of substance abuse on public safety, communities and family health is a tremendous asset to ONDCP and the field," said Steve Pasierb, president of the...

2009-01-29 09:00:00

Corresponding American Journal of Public Health Article Reveals Intensive Case Management Helps Substance-Abusing Women on Welfare Achieve Goals of Welfare Reform NEW YORK, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new approach to helping drug-addicted women on welfare that treats substance abuse and addiction as a chronic disease promises better outcomes of sobriety and employment than current approaches that focus on employment first, according to CASASARD(SM): Intensive Case Management for...

2009-01-05 14:41:00

Comprehensive study of Medicaid records finds substance abuse increases the cost of other health problems People with substance abuse disorders cost Medicaid hundreds of millions of dollars annually in medical care, suggesting that early interventions for substance abuse could not only improve outcomes but also save substantial amounts of money, according to a comprehensive study that examined records of nearly 150,000 people in six states. "Substance abuse probably costs Medicaid programs a...

2008-12-30 13:37:17

Prescription-drug abuse is rising in parts of the United States as the economy falls, drug-rehabilitation and law-enforcement officials said. We're seeing an extreme uptick in the abuse of pharmacological drugs, said Jeff Benz, a founder of Mainstream Kansas City Inc., an alcohol and drug rehabilitation center in Bonner Springs, Kan. We have noticed it for several years, but it really became more pronounced in the last few months, he said. The use of addictive pain relievers and mood...

2008-10-08 13:50:00

U.S. government scientists convened in an online chat room Tuesday to answer questions about drugs and alcohol coming from students during the National Institute on Drug Abuse's second-ever Drug Facts Chat Day.  "How many drinks does it take to get you drunk?" asked an anonymous teenager at George Washington High School in California. "For a person of normal weight not used to alcohol, about four-five drinks within one hour," came the answer. Another student from Sanborn Regional High...

2008-10-07 21:00:36

By MARC KOVAC By MARC KOVAC Dix Capital Bureau COLUMBUS -- Keeping the legal drinking age at 21 will help to reduce alcohol-related injuries and deaths and the number of young people who drink, according to a study released by a substance abuse prevention group. "As far as I'm concerned, there's absolutely no good health reason why the drinking age should be lowered," Richard Yoast, director of the American Medical Association's Office of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention,...

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