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Interest is growing in Good Samaritan laws aimed at saving lives by encouraging people who witness drug overdoses to call 911. But much is not yet known about the laws’ impact on drug users, bystanders, paramedics and police.

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Young people who begin using heroin generally are unaware of the drug’s dangerous effects, according to a new study.

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Experts in the Chicago area say they are seeing more people facing drug addiction who are white, suburban and upper-middle class.

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A needle exchange program in Fresno, California, is continuing to run after county supervisors decided not to legalize the operation.

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A new study suggests that abuse of prescription opioids may be a first step on the path toward misuse of heroin and other injected drugs.

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A new vaccine shows promise in heroin addiction treatment, a study in rats suggests.

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Injection drug users have higher rates of abuse and dependence and have a greater need for substance abuse treatment compared with non-injecting drug users, a new study suggests.

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Police in Charlotte, NC report a rise in the use of “black tar” heroin, a highly addictive drug that appears to be especially popular among young users in affluent neighborhoods.

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Now that OxyContin has been reformulated to make the opioid harder to snort, inject or chew, The New York Times reports that demand for other narcotics has increased.

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The abuse of prescription drugs among teens is growing in New Jersey and is leading to heroin addiction, experts testified at a state hearing this week.

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