Tag: substance abuse

U.S. Meth Overdose Deaths Tripled in Recent Years

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 23, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Deaths from methamphetamine overdoses in the United States nearly tripled between 2015 and 2019,...

More Benzodiazepine Overdoses in EDs, but Fewer Patients Overall

In a year when emergency department visits dropped by almost 18%, visits for benzodiazepine overdoses did the opposite, according to a report from the Centers...

Half of Adults With ADHD Have Struggled With Alcohol, Drug Use

MONDAY, Aug. 30, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Fully half of all young adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may also battle alcohol or...

Should Feds Allow a Therapy That Pays Meth Users to Abstain?

In his multiple attempts to overcome a methamphetamine addiction that ground through two decades of his life, Tyrone Clifford Jr. remembers well the closest he...

Adolescent Substance Use and the COVID-19 Pandemic

During the past year, adolescents, families, educators, and health care providers have had to press forward through myriad challenges and stressors with flexibility and adaptability....

Mixing Coke, Meth With Opioids Driving Rise in Deaths

By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 2, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Overdose deaths resulting from a dangerous combination of cocaine and opioids are outpacing...

Pot Use as a Teen, Less Success as an Adult?

MONDAY, March 29, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Teenage pot use can hamper a kid’s future chances of landing a good job with a large salary,...

Include Psych Patients in Next COVID Vaccine Round, APA Urges

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is urging the inclusion of patients...

Two-Drug Combo May Help Fight Meth Addiction

In the first stage, patients (aged 18 to 65) were divided into two groups. One was given the combination therapy, which involved a shot of...

Naltrexone and Bupropion Promising Combo for Meth Addiction

The combination of naltrexone and bupropion results in a response rate almost six times greater than with placebo in patients with moderate or severe methamphetamine...

Heavy Drinking by Teens May Affect White Matter Integrity

Heavy alcohol use in adolescence is linked to disruptions in white matter integrity, new research suggests. In a case control study of more than 400...

New Coalition Demands Action on COVID-19 Mental Health Crisis

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Fourteen mental health organizations have formed a coalition to press federal...

Shared Medical Appointments May Bridge the Opioid Treatment Gap

Shared medical appointments (SMAs) are an acceptable way to receive treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD), new research suggests. In a survey study, participants attending...

What’s the Link Between Alcohol and Schizophrenia?

People who have schizophrenia can face a number of challenges: getting a diagnosis, staying on track with treatment, and learning to live with a mental...

FDA, Researchers Still in the Weeds on Cannabis, CBD, and Gender

The results of the election still remain murky, but with an additional five states legalizing medicinal or recreational cannabis use last month voters have sent a...

HCV Care Can Learn a Thing or Two From the HIV Experience

Individuals living with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection face several challenges in accessing care, many of which are shared by patients in the HIV community....

Address Adolescent Substance Use With Consistent Procedures

In addition to screening adolescent patients at least once a year for substance use, it’s important that pediatricians build relationships with other behavioral health providers...

Pandemic Has More Americans Turning to Alcohol

“People sheltering at home might also just be bored, and drinking was an activity they could still do,” he added. “In that respect, the results...

Girls with ADHD at High Risk for Self-Injury

Recent studies constitute a clarion call for clinicians to routinely screen adolescents with ADHD for nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) and its risk factors, Judit Balazs, MD,...

Reworked OxyContin Fails to Cut Overall Abuse, FDA Panel Says

The long-awaited post-marketing studies of the abuse-deterrent formulation (ADF) of OxyContin (Perdue Pharma L.P.) received mixed reviews from a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...

Frequent Cannabis Use in Depression Tripled Over Past Decade

Not only are individuals with depression at significantly higher risk for cannabis use compared with those without depression, this trend has increased dramatically over the...

Addiction Specialist Charged in $681 Million Treatment Fraud Case

The federal government has charged a Florida addiction medicine specialist in what it says was a scheme to defraud Medicare and private insurers, charging them...

CBD as Treatment for Cannabis Use Disorder?

Perhaps counterintuitively, treatment with prescription-grade cannabidiol (CBD), an extract of cannabis, may help individuals with cannabis use disorder to cut back on use, new research...

Virtual ‘Highlights’ Event Replaces APA Annual Meeting

What your doctor is reading on Medscape.com: APRIL 20, 2020 — In place of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) 2020 Annual Meeting, which was canceled on...

Advice for Lessening Your Pandemic Anxiety

What your doctor is reading on Medscape.com: MARCH 31, 2020 — The COVID-19 pandemic is an experience that is unprecedented in our lifetime....