New Rules for Hydrocodone: What You Need to Know
The new DEA ruling reclassifies hydrocodone combination products.

Last week, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) placed new restrictions on hundreds of hydrocodone combination products. The ruling places a more-restrictive classification on hydrocodone combination products, reclassifying them as highly-restricted Schedule II drugs. The new rules are expected to take effect on October 6. A Crash Course on Hydrocodone In 2012 alone, medical professionals [...]

More Disabled Americans Are Taking Painkillers
A detailed look at opioid abuse among disabled Medicare beneficiaries.

In recent years, the number of Americans receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) has risen by leaps and bounds. In addition to the increase of total recipients, a new study in the September issue of Medical Care indicates more than 40 percent of all SSDI recipients take opioid pain relievers, while the prevalence of chronic [...]

5 Powerful Songs About Heroin by Artists in Recovery
What is the 1992 Red Hot Chili Peppers hit “Under The Bridge” really about?

Heroin has taken many musicians to some dark places—sadly, not all have survived. But these artists eventually quit using drugs and wrote some powerful songs about their experiences. “Hurt” by Nine Inch Nails Trent Reznor is an Oscar winner now, but before he wrote a Best Original Score, he penned this dark ‘90s hit, which [...]

Does Homelessness Decrease Women’s Motivation?
Many homeless women are unfairly labeled as "unmotivated" to get sober.

Homelessness and addiction are two intertwined problems that leave destruction and broken lives in their wake. According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, more than 68 percent of all United States cities report that addiction is their single largest cause of homelessness. Without receiving professional help to treat the root causes of addiction, formerly [...]

Drunk Talk Isn’t Just Nonsense, According to Study
Are you more likely to tell the (whole) truth while intoxicated?

They say the truth comes out when you’re drunk. As it turns out, published research proves that statement is surprisingly accurate. When drinking alcohol, the tongue is freed up to say exactly what is in a person’s heart. As blood alcohol levels continue to climb, the responses become increasingly primitive and hostile. In the past, [...]

Woman Busted for Hiding Cocaine… Where!?
Surprisingly, this isn’t the first time implants have been used as smuggling devices.

Drug dealers and smugglers are driven by one thing: money. It’s the “anything to make a buck” attitude that leads many smugglers to use dangerous and mind-boggling delivery tactics. In a never-ending battle to stay one step ahead of the authorities, smugglers take increasingly drastic measures to distribute their products. A perfect example is last [...]

7 Comedians Who Have Battled Addiction, Depression
Robin Williams isn’t the first comedian to struggle with addiction and depression.

The death of Robin Williams has left America in mourning. And unfortunately, he isn’t the first comedian to struggle with addiction and depression. Williams reportedly committed suicide at his home on Monday, August 11. He had entered rehab last month to “fine-tune” his sobriety, but continued to struggle with depression and anxiety. His wife, Susan [...]

How are Addiction, Depression and Suicide Linked?
Substance abuse disorders contribute to suicidal behavior in several ways.

When a loved one is addicted to drugs or alcohol, the situation creates a lot of worry and fear. At the forefront of those concerns are the possibilities of serious accidents or overdoses. However, another prevalent and all-too-common issue associated with addiction is the risk of suicide. Despite the fact that suicide is a well-documented [...]

Have You Seen Kim Kardashian’s ‘Meth Face’?
A sheriff's office doctored photos to highlight the harmful effects of drug use.

Kim Kardashian is likely not too pleased over the Photoshop efforts of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee. The office used doctored photos of the reality star to highlight the harmful effects of drug use. A standard photo of Kardashian, alongside a hypothetical mock-up image of her covered in red scabs and sores, was [...]

Are Men Equally to Blame for Fetal Alcohol Disorders?
Research from South Korea examines the father’s pre-conception drinking habits.

We’ve known for years that drinking alcohol during any stage of pregnancy can do serious harm to a baby. From conception to delivery, physicians warn expectant mothers to avoid alcoholic beverages at all costs. With alcohol exposure causing unborn children to suffer from a group of conditions known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs), the [...]