drug abuse

What connects depression, anxiety, and PTSD?

  In the largest study of its kind, researchers identify similarities in the brain activity of people with major depressive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorders. Mental health disorders, although incredibly prevalent, remain poorly understood. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, almost 1 in 5 adults in the…

Meth Causes More Overdoses Than Any Other Drug in Western States

Methamphetamine caused more overdose deaths than any other drug in western states in 2017, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Nationwide, fentanyl remains the most common cause of drug overdoses, The Wall Street Journal reports. Meth was the fourth-leading cause of drug overdoses nationally.…

Drugs Makers and Distributors in Talks to Settle Opioid Lawsuits for $50 Billion

Three drug distributors and two drug manufacturers are in talks to settle more than 2,000 lawsuits over the companies’ role in the nation’s opioid crisis, Reuters reports. The suits were brought by cities, counties and Native American tribes. The proposed settlement would include $22 billion in cash and $29 billion in drugs…

What is cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome?

Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS) is a condition that sometimes develops due to the long term use of marijuana. The syndrome causes repeated and severe vomiting and nausea. As CHS is a newly described condition, many doctors may find it challenging to diagnose and treat. Researchers have tried to explain what…

Mindfulness could boost opioid use disorder treatment

Thousands of people experience negative health outcomes from the overuse or misuse of opioids, a drug class that includes both illegal substances, such as heroin, and prescription medicines for pain relief. Can mindfulness boost the effects of traditional treatments that relieve opioid cravings? The National Institute on Drug Abuse report…