Could betel nut use have fueled the psychedelic carvings on a Bornean headhunter's sword? Roger L. Papke, a professor in the University of Florida College of Medicine was curious enough about that to discover how the nut's psychoactive chemical works in the brain—and…

Beyond the immense suffering associated with alcohol abuse (responsible for 88,000 deaths each year), problem drinking exacts a significant toll on the US economy. The cost of excessive drinking increased from $223 billion in 2006 to $249 billion in 2010, with binge…

80 percent of people in the US who are dependent on heroin or painkillers are not getting treatment, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers report in a research letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Southern sub-Saharan Africa has the 2nd highest rates of early death and disability from alcohol use in the world, just behind Eastern Europe, according to the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013.

By Derek Yach, Chief Health Officer, The Vitality Group  

I’m used to being the youngest person in the waiting room. I’ve been struggling with chronic back pain since my first scoliosis spinal fusion at age 13.

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,…