Medical Marijuana Gets Historical Political Support
This Congressional vote removes federal barriers for legalized medical marijuana.

Republicans and Democrats have been largely divided on the issue of medical marijuana, but Congress showed surprising and historical support in favor of it last weekend, approving a provision that prevents federal authorities from interfering with states that pass pro-pot legislation. The Future for Legalized Marijuana The $1.1 trillion spending bill released two weeks ago [...]

NYC Mayor Aims to Tackle Addiction in Local Jails
Bill de Blasio believes his addiction plan offers needed treatment alternatives.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has taken a major step towards fixing the city’s flawed jail system by allocating $130 million for mentally ill and drug-addicted suspects to be steered towards treatment instead of prison. A Look at the Reforms The proposed reforms are based on the recommendations made by an assigned task [...]

Parkinson’s Drugs Linked to Dangerous Compulsions
Certain medications for Parkinson's disease bring on unwanted addictive behaviors.

Anyone who has a loved one that’s affected by Parkinson’s disease naturally breathes a sigh of relief when a medication regiment is able to ease symptoms like trembling, limb stiffness and loss of balance. Unfortunately, those same medications could be causing unusual and sometimes aggressive behaviors that the loved one has never exhibited, like compulsive [...]

Fatal Opioid Overdoses: Good News and Bad News
A new CDC report highlights a disturbing trend: "graduating" from opiate painkillers.

For the first time in more than a decade, fewer Americans died from prescription drug overdoses in 2012 than in 2011, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While the declining death toll is a bit of welcome news, there’s more to the CDC’s report than initially meets the [...]

How Can You Avoid the Dreaded Holiday ‘Freelapse’?
Is it safe for alcoholics in recovery to eat food that has been cooked with alcohol?

It’s obvious that for a person in recovery, the holiday season can be tough to navigate. Cocktail parties, champagne toasts and mini wine bottles sold as stocking-fillers are practically designed to trip up the sober reveler. You may not be able to indulge in the wine or brandy eggnog, but those enormous platters of food [...]

Amsterdam’s Shocking “Coke Killer” Solution
A drug dealer known as the "Coke Killer" is targeting Amsterdam tourists.

After three British tourists died in Amsterdam from using white heroin they thought was cocaine, officials in the Dutch city had to take action. Going forward, their plan is to save lives by selling affordable heroin test kits to tourists. In addition to the three most recent deaths, police say there’s at least another 17 [...]

Addicted to Sugar? There’s a Rehab for That
Research has shown that sugar produces highs and lows similar to illicit drugs.

Most people associate a comedown from sugar with lethargy, but some people believe they need inpatient rehab treatment from what they see as an addiction to the sweet stuff. Sugar as a Drug Recent research suggests that up to eight percent of women between the ages 45 and 64 could be considered food addicts. Scientists [...]

A New Epidemic: Addiction Among Baby Boomers
Seniors struggling with chronic pain often seek relief in drugs or alcohol.

More senior citizens over the age of 60 are becoming addicted to alcohol, painkillers and other prescription medications, but few treatment options cater specifically to this demographic. With the number of Americans over 50 with substance abuse problems expected to reach 5.7 million by 2020, some nursing homes and medical facilities are putting steps in [...]

FDA Okays Another ‘Abuse-Resistant’ Painkiller
Can pharmaceutical companies really make a "safe" opiate pain medication?

A new narcotic pain medication with abuse-resistant properties was just approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, making it the fourth anti-abuse painkiller to get the green light from the organization. Whether or not these new drugs will have a positive impact on the addiction epidemic, however, is yet to be seen. The Influx [...]

Vaping Gets a Special Honor Despite Health Concerns
The term "vape" caught Oxford's eye in 2014.

Despite intense debate about the safety of e-cigarettes, there was little argument about the term “vape” being named the 2014 word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries. Beating out contenders like “bae” and “normcore,” the term vape is designed to be separate from smoking a nicotine cigarette. The word can be used to either reference [...]