Latest Drug use Stories

2008-12-12 08:05:00

Drug use in U.S. teens has failed to continue declining, and researchers are worried their abuse of prescription drugs and marijuana remains strong. The University of Michigan researchers conducted the annual survey of U.S. teen drug use, and found continuing declines in cigarette smoking and alcohol use. Researchers said marijuana is the most commonly used of the illegal drugs. Its use had been in a slow but steady decline this decade, but that seemed to stop this year. The survey...

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...

2008-08-30 00:00:25

By Natalie Morera Kayte Heerdt's downward spiral into heroin use started with booze, marijuana and then her family's medicine cabinet. The 18-year-old got hooked on her stepfather's Lortab, then turned to OxyContin, which she bought on the street. When that got too expensive, she turned to a cheaper and more readily available drug -- heroin. She ended up in rehab in the Renaissance Campus, a residential treatment program for adolescents in West Seneca. Her path is becoming all too...

2007-03-23 08:15:00

LONDON -- New "landmark" research finds that alcohol and tobacco are more dangerous than some illegal drugs like marijuana or Ecstasy and should be classified as such in legal systems, according to a new British study. In research published Friday in The Lancet magazine, Professor David Nutt of Britain's Bristol University and colleagues proposed a new framework for the classification of harmful substances, based on the actual risks posed to society. Their ranking listed alcohol and tobacco...

2006-07-12 08:24:28

By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A study conducted in Norway provides more evidence that genetic factors may play an important role in the use of drugs such as marijuana and cocaine. According to study chief Dr. Kenneth S. Kendler, previous studies on the role of genes in illicit drug use were conducted in countries with high rates of drug abuse, namely the United States and Australia. "This is the first study to show the importance of genetic factors in a...

2006-03-17 19:12:11

By Jason Szep BOSTON (Reuters) - When Paul Michaud's father died of cancer, the 16-year-old took OxyContin to ease his emotional pain. He first snorted the prescription painkiller and within weeks he was injecting it into his veins for a more powerful high before turning to heroin as a cheaper option. "It was the one drug that really pulled me. It took away everything," said Michaud, now 18, one of a new generation of American children getting high on and addicted to prescription...

2005-08-11 16:48:43

By Chris Sanders NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York defense attorney has some advice for drug users who want to avoid arrest: stay at home and don't use illegal narcotics around children. Author M. Chris Fabricant said his book "Busted! Drug War Survival Skills" is not designed to promote drug use. "Drugs don't need their own PR," he said. Instead, Fabricant said he wants to help people better understand and protect their constitutional rights, which he said have been eroded by court...

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  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.