In the viral obituary of a 30-year-old single mother, one family shares with heartbreaking honesty how Madelyn Ellen Linsenmeir enjoyed 12 sober days at home before her opioid addiction “stalked her and stole her once again,” they wrote in the Vermont newspaper Seven Days.

Over 3 million deaths in 2016 can be attributed to the harmful use of alcohol, the WHO revealed Friday in its global status report on alcohol and health.  

Old-fashioned cigarettes are plummeting in popularity, but ‘Juuling’ has taken their place as the symbol of teen rebellion once embodied by famed smokers like Marilyn Monroe—in the form of discreet, flavored nicotine. Marketed with its own version of “the Virginia Slims…

A below-the-radar opioid crisis is brewing in Africa as Tramadol pain pills flood the market. Tramadol offers a cheap and easily-accessible high similar to heroin. A key source of inexpensive pain relief in the developing world, the WHO has avoided regulating the drug.

Ghana is known as a transportation hub for cocaine and heroin, but less is understood about its addicts.   A lack of clean needles and rehabilitation services increase the risk of HIV infection, social isolation and crime among addicts.   Ghana is starting a “process of…

In 1980, a doctor and a graduate student published a short letter in The New England Journal of Medicine stating that “the development of addiction [to narcotics] is rare in medical patients with no history of addiction.” Decades of inaccurate citations of the analysis…

Psychologists continue to debate whether so-called “digital addictions”—to things like social media, texting, shopping, pornography or online gambling—should be labeled as such.   Some say people who compulsively use the Internet experience the health consequences of their…

Meet another engineer who’s innovating to improve global health: Richard Fletcher, director of the Mobile Technology Group at MIT D-Lab, uses smartphones and connected devices to address health problems from diabetes to addiction. He’s developed wearable sensors for…

In a new approach to addiction treatment, Connecticut-based Aware Recovery is pioneering a year-long, home-based model of care that aims to reduce notoriously high relapse rates in recovery.   While typical month-long inpatient programs send patients home to settings where…

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas—Reducing stigma and recognizing addiction as a disease are key to combatting the opioid epidemic sweeping the US, participants said at yesterday’s Clinton Foundation Health Matters Annual Activation Summit.   As participant Nate Keller, MD, noted, it’s…