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If Prescribed Opioids for Pain, Ask Lots of Questions: FDA

(Health Day News, May 21) Deaths involving prescription opioids quadrupled between 1999 and 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

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Opioid prescriptions after childbirth may up overdose risk: Study

(Telangana Today, June 10)  Mothers who are prescribed opioid meds after giving birth are more at risk of overdosing, according to a new study.  

Today's high potency weed raises risk of anxiety and addiction, study says

(CNN, May 27) People who smoke potent marijuana are more at risk of developing general anxiety disorder and becoming addicted than people who smoke less powerful strains, according to recent research.

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Report: Alcohol, Drug and Suicide Deaths Exceeded 150,000

(Well Being Trust, May 21) In 2018, 151,964 Americans lost their lives due to alcohol, drugs or suicide, according to a recently released report.

New designer opioid linked to overdose deaths in Ohio, Illinois and Indiana

(USA Today, May 18) A ‘designer’ opioid, called isotonitazene, has been found in the bodies of people who died from overdose in Midwestern states. 

More Opioids Doesn't Mean Less Chronic Pain: Study

(HealthDay News, May 21) According to a study, increased doses of opioid-based painkillers actually won’t help people who suffer from chronic pain.

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Stress and Boredom During COVID-19 Leading to Increased Rates of Drug and Alcohol Use

(Erie News Now, May 12) In recent weeks, substance misuse has been increasing as a majority of people have been required to stay at home due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. 

Drug Use is Transmitted from Old to Young

(PittWire, May 13) Does age play a role when it comes to the risk of fatal drug overdose? 

Brief intervention reduces drug use among occasional users

(Healio, May 14) Among occasional drug users, brief intervention lowered drug use after six months, according to new research.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Drug Use: What’s the Connection?

(NIDA Blog Team, April 27) People whose lungs have been affected by drug use may be at higher risk of serious complications from COVID-19.