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Prescription Drug Abuse is Nation’s Fastest Growing Drug Problem: DEA Report

Prescription drug abuse continues to be the nation’s fastest growing drug problem, according to a new report by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Americans are abusing prescription drugs at a higher prevalence rate than any illicit drug except marijuana.

Alcohol Has Bigger Effect on People in Middle Age Due to Physical, Lifestyle Changes

Alcohol affects people more in middle age due to physical and lifestyle changes, according to The Wall Street Journal. As people start to take more medication in their 40s and 50s, the risk of alcohol and drug interactions also increases.

Attorneys General Urge FDA to Ban Sale of Menthol Cigarettes

The attorneys general of 24 states are urging the Food and Drug Administration to ban the sale of menthol cigarettes, reports.

Positive Workplace Drug Tests for Marijuana, Cocaine Sharply Dropped Since 1988

Positive workplace tests for marijuana and cocaine have dropped sharply since 1988, while tests revealing prescription drug abuse are increasing, according to a study by the medical-testing company Quest Diagnostics Inc.

Zohydro to be Manufactured by Same Company That Makes Addiction Medicine

The newly approved pure hydrocodone product, Zohydro ER (extended release), will be made by the same company that manufactures Vivitrol, a drug used to treat patients addicted to opioids or alcohol, The New York Times reports.

PCP-Related Visits to the Emergency Room Jumped 400% Between 2005 and 2011

PCP-related emergency room visits jumped 400 percent between 2005 and 2011, according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. PCP (phencyclidine), also known as “angel dust,” can cause hallucinations when taken at high doses.

Three “N-Bomb” Compounds Banned by DEA

The Drug Enforcement Administration has made three synthetic drugs, known as NBOMe compounds, illegal for the next two years. The compounds, also known as “N-Bomb,” have been responsible for the deaths of at least 19 people in the United States in the past year.

Commentary: How Fictional Characters Can Help Real-Life Clients

In "Keep it Moving: A Guide to Breaking Habits," two fictional characters have to resolve their own ambivalence about whether to make an effort to reduce or quit their alcohol and drug use. They model how to deal with stressors, temptations, obstacles and personal triggers that influence their habits, explains Dr. Adam Brooks of the Treatment Research Institute.

Only 16% of Adults See Progress on Prescription Drug Abuse: Survey

A new Pew Research Center survey finds only 16 percent of Americans think the nation is making progress on prescription drug abuse, and 19 percent see progress in dealing with mental illness.

Most Medical Groups Agree on Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, Study Finds

A review of medical groups’ guidelines on prescribing opioids for chronic pain finds most of the organizations are in are agreement, Reuters reports.

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