Addiction & Drugs

Addiction & Drugs Historically, addiction has been defined as physical and/or psychological dependence on psychoactive substances (for example alcohol, tobacco, heroin, caffeine and other drugs) which cross the blood-brain barrier once ingested, temporarily altering the chemical milieu of the brain.

Weed Cake Sends Spanish Man Into Coma

By | Mon, 02/17/2014 - 13:27

Ten college students in Spain landed in the the hospital, including one in coma, after ingesting cake laced with marijuana.

Should The DEA Have Access To People's Prescription Drug Info? One Judge Said 'No'

By | Wed, 02/12/2014 - 15:48

A federal judge denied the Drug Enforcement Administration access to information on an Oregon prescription drug monitoring database, which contained both doctor and patient information.

A Night Of Cocaine Can Result In Stroke The Next Day

By | Wed, 02/12/2014 - 15:31

Cocaine is a significant driver of stroke risk in young adults, a new study finds.

Quitting Smoking Improves Mental Health And Helps You Drop Other Addictions

By | Tue, 02/11/2014 - 19:05

Besides lowering your risk of cancer and emphysema, quitting smoking can also boost your mental health, a new study finds.

‘Addiction Poem’ Spreads Message Of Hope To Chronic Relapsers [VIDEO]

By | Mon, 02/10/2014 - 17:16

"Addiction Poem," by rapper In-Q, explores what everyday people go through while battling addiction, while also offering a little hope.

'Fake Heroin' That 'Stops Breathing' Linked To 3 Deaths In Vermont

By | Sun, 02/09/2014 - 19:31

"Fake heroin" overdoses from products laced with fentanyl have claimed three more lives in Vermont, according to state police.

Is Psychoactive Drug Research Something To Fear Or Applaud?

By | Fri, 02/07/2014 - 11:37

Scientific American calls for an end to the effective ban on psychoactive drug research, arguing that discovery of new psychiatric medications is at a “virtual standstill” and exploration of these substances might yield new thinking.

Energy Drinks May Lead Teens To Alcohol And Drugs

By | Thu, 02/06/2014 - 13:28

Consuming energy drinks can make teenagers susceptible to alcohol, cigarettes, and drug abuse as they age, according to a new study.

Heroin Deaths In Pittsburgh A 'Major Public Health Crisis'

By | Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:32

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner has issued a warning in Pittsburgh following a series of recent heroin overdoses that led to 17 deaths.

Elizabeth Vargas Admits, 'I Am. I Am An Alcoholic'

By | Fri, 01/24/2014 - 11:50

ABC news anchor Elizabeth Vargas is returning to 20/20 after beating her alcohol addiction.

Tinkering With The Brain's Reward System To Treat Cocaine Addiction

By | Mon, 01/20/2014 - 15:00

A newly identified protein may be responsible for altering the brain's reward system when it's affected by cocaine.

How Ecstasy Can Help Overcome Painful Memories

By | Sat, 01/18/2014 - 14:35

A new study examined the effect of ecstasy on emotion and memory in the brain, and suggests that the psychedelic drug may have therapeutic benefits for PTSD patients.

Woman Chews, Sniffs Dirty Diapers Because She Loves The Taste [VIDEO]

By | Sat, 01/18/2014 - 12:30

On an episode of "My Strange Addiction," 22-year-old Keyshia says she loves sniffing and sucking soiled diapers. By the end of the show, she tries to drop the habit.

Curbing Drug Use In High Schoolers With A Positive Environment, Not Drug Tests

By | Sun, 01/12/2014 - 16:41

A new study shows drug testing is ineffective in lowering substance use rates among high school students, though evidence suggests a positive school image does help.

Teen Cuts Penis Off, Stabs His Mom After Taking Meow Meow

By | Fri, 01/10/2014 - 13:09

A UK teenager high on mephedrone stabbed his mom and cut his own penis off after taking the relatively new drug.