Tag Archives: substance abuse

Substance Abuse May Have Long-Term Negative Effect on Sexual Performance

A new study suggests substance abuse impairs sexual performance in men, even after they stop using drugs or alcohol. Earlier studies suggested men spontaneously recover their normal sexual performance several weeks after they end substance abuse. …

Choosing Substance Abuse Treatment Over Prison Could Save Billions: Study

Sending substance-abusing state prisoners to community-based treatment programs instead of prisons could reduce crime and save billions of dollars, a new study concludes. …

Teens Who Experience Dating Violence at Increased Risk of Substance Abuse

Teenage girls who experience dating violence are more likely to binge drink compared with their peers who aren’t in abusive relationships, a new study finds. Teen boys who report dating violence are more likely to use marijuana as young adults compared with boys with healthy dating relationships. …

Parents More Important Than School in Preventing Use of Alcohol, Marijuana Use

A new study concludes that parental involvement is more important than the school environment in preventing or limiting children’s use of alcohol or marijuana. …

Substance Abuse Much More Likely in Adults with Mental Illness: Report

Substance dependence or abuse is much more likely to occur in adults with a mental illness, compared with those without mental health problems, according to a new government report. …

Psychiatric Association Creates Category of “Substance Use and Addictive Disorders”

The American Psychiatric Association has approved a new edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders that combines substance abuse and dependence into a single category of “substance use and addictive disorders.” …

Massachusetts Communities Struggle With Epidemic of Substance Abuse, Report Finds

A report by a nonprofit group concludes communities across Massachusetts are struggling with an epidemic of substance abuse. The report notes the Boston area has had a particularly high number of emergency department visits involving illicit drugs. …

Kentucky Increases Funding to Treat Addiction in Prisoners

Kentucky has increased funding to treat prisoners with addictions, to $7 million, up from $1.1 million six years ago. While 30 percent of the state’s inmates with substance abuse problems return to jail, that number drops to 20 percent among those who receive treatment for their addiction, The Courier-Journal reports. …

Mother’s Smoking Not Linked to Children’s Substance Abuse

Mothers’ smoking during pregnancy probably does not lead to substance abuse in their children, as earlier studies suggested, according to researchers at Indiana University. …

Doctor Visits for Drug or Alcohol Use Increased 70% Between 2001 and 2009

The number of doctor visits for substance use disorders increased 70 percent among American adults between 2001 and 2009, according to a new study. The increase appears to be driven in large part by prescription drug abuse, the researchers said. …