Addiction News

Psychosocial Treatments Can Help Depressed Smokers Quit

People affected by major depression and other depressive illnesses are known to smoke on a greater number of days than their non-depressed peers, and also go through more cigarettes on any given day. In addition, depressed people commonly have an unusually hard time when trying to stop smoking.

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Teen Heroin Use on the Rise Across America

Heroin is an illegal street drug synthesized from morphine. Once a very popular illicit drug, heroin took a back seat to prescription drug abuse. Now the pendulum is swinging back, with an alarming rise in the number of Americans reportedly addicted to heroin.

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Cory Monteith’s Drug Addiction and Death to be Acknowledged on Third Episode of Glee

People across the globe were shocked and saddened by the untimely death of Canadian-born Glee actor Cory Monteith. On July 13, staff at a Vancouver hotel found his body after he failed to check out on time. Monteith was only 31 when he died, and his death was determined to be the result of a deadly mix of alcohol and heroin.

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Club Culture Includes Variety of Illicit Drugs

Cocaine and ecstasy have for years been at the top of the list of frequently taken drugs in the rave and club culture. But other drugs are sneaking up on that turf. Full Story

Negative Messages About Drugs May Not Deter Use

For decades, the messages in television and print advertising have advised audiences about the dangers of substance use. Images of frying eggs, blackened lungs and rotted teeth have been used as a way to convince student and adult populations of the negative consequences that can come with unhealthy choices. Full Story

Early Drinking Habits for Teens Risk Addiction Later

In Spain, youth meet for the “botellón,” or social drinking in the streets; in the UK parents are letting their teens have a “tipple” before they are the legal drinking age. Full Story

Substance Abuse in the Workplace

Places of employment should be safe and healthy environments in which to work. Employers manage safety teams for security, hazardous waste, and other possible problems that might endanger their workers. But some employees are bringing their personal hazards to work. The American Council For Drug Education reports that employees who suffer from substance abuse are causing workplace accidents, higher medical expenses, and are negatively impacting employee morale and productivity at work. Full Story

Increased Risk of Complications Following Surgery When Patient Drinks Heavily

There are many adverse consequences associated with heavy alcohol consumption. One result of heavy drinking is increased public health costs to treat injuries and other health problems stemming from alcohol use. Some health problems, such as injury and diseases from risky sexual behaviors have relatively immediate effects. Full Story

Substance Abuse Among Teens Continues to Rise

The number of young adults dabbling in marijuana, prescription drugs and alcohol is on the rise. Before they graduate high school, more than half a million American teens will try illegal drugs at least once. A recent news article highlights the many reasons behind drug use and alcohol abuse among teens today. Full Story

UK Students Underestimate Alcohol Consumption

When students leave for college, they often have the impression that partying is a central part of campus life. They may expect that their weekends will be spent drinking and enjoying a busy social scene. Full Story