‘Safe’ Injection Clinic Sees a Shocking 31 Overdoses
Secretly laced heroin can cause users to overdose in a matter of minutes.

Vancouver is home to Insite, North America’s first supervised drug injection facility. Since 2003, Canadian IV drug users have been able to buy illicit drugs on the street, then head to Insite for a safe place to shoot up under the watchful eye of round-the-clock medical staff. Instead of treating drug addiction, Insite’s focus is [...]

$2M Award Reignites Religion vs. Recovery Debate
Do court-ordered AA/NA classes violate First Amendment rights?

After a lengthy court battle, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals awarded nearly $2 million to Barry A. Hazle Jr., a California man forced to participate in a faith-based 12-step recovery program. “I’m thrilled to finally have this case settled,” said Hazle. “It sends a clear message to people in a position of authority, [...]

20 Years of Marijuana Research: What Did We Learn?
Despite intense research, there are still unknowns surrounding marijuana's effects.

A new study, published in the journal Addiction, tells a story of 20 years of marijuana research that some people might not want to hear. Since marijuana legalization and decriminalization efforts have ramped up over the last few years, researchers have closely monitored the acute and chronic effects of both short- and long-term use. The [...]

Adolf Hitler’s Secret Drug Addiction Revealed
Data from a wartime dossier reveals Hitler abused 74 different substances.

Did Adolf Hitler secretly struggle with a severe drug addiction? A newly released British documentary suggests that the Fuhrer regularly abused multiple substances, including crystal meth. Hitler’s Rampant Drug Abuse Using data from a 47-page wartime dossier compiled by American Military Intelligence, the documentary alleges that crystal meth was just one of 74 different medications [...]

Google Glass: A New Gateway Drug?
Extended use of Google Glass left one man battling an addiction to the device.

Scientists are saying a man who had been using Google Glass for up to 18-hours per day is now believed to be the first patient with a diagnosable form of internet addiction specifically brought on by the device. How Much is too Much? The patient, only identified as a 31-year-old US navy serviceman, entered inpatient [...]

Is Technology the Addiction Antidote?
The future of addiction treatment might lie in the use of technology.

A new study has found that using computerized treatment to aid people in recovery is not only effective in helping them stay sober, but also offers some fairly substantial money saving benefits. Getting Technical The findings from Warren Bickel, a professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, and his team were published in the [...]

Drug Czar: Legalized Pot Promotes Drug Abuse
Michael Botticelli says legalizing marijuana sends  mixed messages.

As more states throughout the country begin to consider legalizing marijuana, White House officials have hit back by declaring that these efforts at the state level are hurting efforts to combat drug use nationally. The Legal Transition Recreational marijuana use is now legal in Colorado and Washington, in addition to the town of Portland, Maine. [...]

Are Wet House Facilities Really Helping Alcoholics?
Is it a good idea to give homeless alcoholics a safe place to drink?

When most people think of homeless shelters, they envision buildings that offer up free hot meals, cots for sleeping, and some fairly strict rules. Normally, alcohol is a huge no-no for shelter residents. However, a new kind of service is turning that rule on its head. Known as “wet houses,” these specialized shelters are built [...]

Lesbian and Bisexual Vets at High Risk for Alcoholism
Lesbian and bisexual veterans abuse a concerning amount of alcohol.

Numerous studies have found that military veterans are susceptible to drug abuse after returning from overseas combat, but a new research project reports that lesbian and bisexual women who have served in the military could be at a particularly high risk for alcoholism. Hazardous Drinking Habits Dr. Keren Levahot, a Research Clinical Psychologist at VA [...]

More States are Passing Good Samaritan Laws
Are these Good Samaritan laws effective in decreasing overdose fatalities?

In the wake of numerous overdose tragedies that could have been prevented, multiple states have adopted Good Samaritan laws that absolve criminal punishments for the drug user and the person who calls for help. Sixteen states and Washington, D.C. have passed Good Samaritan laws which ensure that those who call 911 in the event of [...]