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June 19, 2015
A new smartphone app being tested by pain specialists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston has the potential to help reduce opioid use in chronic pain sufferers, according to an expert who spoke recently at the...
June 19, 2015
Wider adoption of electronic prescribing systems among healthcare providers could help reduce prescription drug abuse, according to experts speaking at a recent conference.
June 8, 2015
Drug use among American workers appears to be increasing, based on the results of drug tests. Traces of drugs were found in 3.9 percent of urine tests conducted for employers last year, up from 3.7 percent in 2013,...
June 8, 2015
As marijuana use and potency increases, the demand for treatment for cannabis use disorder is on the rise. Frances Levin, MD, Kennedy Leavy Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center, explains what...
June 8, 2015
The three largest U.S. tobacco companies this week announced they will drop their lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), after the agency said it would reconsider rules about the companies’ product...
May 29, 2015
Both Republicans and Democrats are focusing more attention on opioid overdose deaths, including those caused by heroin and prescription painkillers, according to The Hill.
May 29, 2015
Federal employees were told this week that marijuana continues to be illegal for them, even though medical and recreational use of the drug is now legal in a growing number of states.
May 22, 2015
Congress appears unlikely to overturn a ban on using federal money for needle exchanges, despite a severe outbreak of HIV and hepatitis due to increased heroin use in several states, The New York Times reports.
May 22, 2015
British scientists have developed a fingerprint test that detects cocaine use, according to Fox News. The researchers say the test has many benefits over traditional drug testing, including a quick turnaround time.
May 22, 2015
Determining exactly how many people die of heroin overdoses is difficult to pinpoint because many states do not require reporting of specific details on drug overdoses, NPR reports. Information that is available is...

 

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