While 23 states and Washington, DC have passed laws permitting medical marijuana use for Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, lupus and Parkinson's disease, among others, pot has not been proven to work for many illnesses, according to a review in JAMA. The strongest evidence…

Across all demographic groups in the US, heroin use is rising, according to the CDC. Heroin overdose death rates jumped from 0.7 deaths to 2.7 deaths per 100,000 population, with a near doubling of the rates from 2011–2013.

Across all demographic groups in the US, heroin use is rising, according to the CDC. Heroin overdose death rates jumped from 0.7 deaths to 2.7 deaths per 100,000 population, with a near doubling of the rates from 2011–2013.

Inmates who undergo forced withdrawal from methadone while incarcerated are less likely to resume substance abuse treatment upon their release, according to a Lancet article. Brown University investigators compared Rhode Island inmates who, at the time of their arrest,…

Madison, Nebraska—population 2,500—is besieged by the growing impact of heroin, which has taken 6 lives across the state this past year. With only 4 officers, the small town police department doesn’t have the resources or the experience for long-term drug investigations,…

Here’s a twist on breakfast and lunch: Vodka on eggs, and rum on a sandwich.  Those are just two of the scary ways to use palcohol, according to its makers. Another is to simply snort it to get drunk “almost instantly.”

To understand how heroin took hold in rural America, we need to go back 2 decades and look at the surge of prescription drug use in Portsmouth, Ohio, according to journalist Sam Quinones. In the 1990s, Portsmouth doctors freely dispensed prescription drugs, many of which…

In the wake of 4 deaths linked to drug overdoses, the police department of Gloucester, Mass., has taken a bold stance in the fight against the epidemic of opioid addiction in the US. Any addict who comes to the police station with their drug paraphernalia and/or drugs, and…

In the digital age, the globalized drugs scene has grown too complex and fractured for existing laws to control—a situation vividly illustrated by the rapid emergence of “legal highs,” officially called novel psychoactive substances (NPS), writes Nicola Davison in The…

Homeless men in Chicago say that Puerto Rico’s municipal government and police arranged one-way tickets for them to receive heroin addiction treatment in the US. Adriana Cardona-Maguigad, editor of the bilingual newspaper The Gate, heard this story over and over. She…