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Health-care spending has only a modest effect on lifespan and premature death

Health-care spending has only a modest effect on lifespan and premature death

  A new analysis has found spending more on health care has little impact on improving key health outcomes. It found that a 10% increase in health-care spending reduces…

Why are politicians still referring to marijuana as a gateway drug

Why are politicians still referring to marijuana as a gateway drug

With states legalizing marijuana by popular vote, some politicians, including Boston mayor Marty Walsh and New Jersey governor Chris Christie, are still calling marijuana a gateway drug. The gateway theory…

Weekly Dose: codeine doesn’t work for some people, and works too well for others

Weekly Dose: codeine doesn’t work for some people, and works too well for others

  Codeine is a synthetic drug derived from morphine. It was first discovered in 1832 by Pierre Robiquet, a French chemist. Small amounts of codeine are actually found in the…

This is your brain on Krokodil. Any questions?

This is your brain on Krokodil. Any questions?

Reports of a “flesh-eating zombie drug” called krokodil, accompanied by lurid images first appeared in English during 2010. The drug serves as an excellent illustration of the havoc bad…

Some good news on opioid epidemic: Treatment options are expanding

Some good news on opioid epidemic: Treatment options are expanding

William Greene, University of Florida and Lisa J. Merlo, University of Florida In the past two decades, the devastation associated with opioid addiction has escaped the relative confines of the…

Aging And Addicted: The Opioid Epidemic Affects Older Adults, Too

Aging And Addicted: The Opioid Epidemic Affects Older Adults, Too

By Jenny Gold Photos by Heidi de Marco It took a lot of convincing for John Evard to go to rehab. Seven days into his stay at the Las Vegas…

Medicaid Coverage For Addiction Treatment Varies Dramatically

Medicaid Coverage For Addiction Treatment Varies Dramatically

By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez When Ashley Hurteau, 32, was arrested in 2015, she faced a list of charges for crimes she committed to finance a drug craving she had struggled…

Seniors Increasingly Getting High, Study Shows

Seniors Increasingly Getting High, Study Shows

By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez Baby boomers are getting high in increasing numbers, reflecting growing acceptance of the drug as treatment for various medical conditions, according to a study published Monday…

Delivered ‘Like A Pizza’: Why Killer Drug Fentanyl Is So Hard To Stop

Delivered ‘Like A Pizza’: Why Killer Drug Fentanyl Is So Hard To Stop

By Martha Bebinger, WBUR The latest chart of overdose deaths in Massachusetts shows a climbing blue line labeled “fentanyl.” Pick a spot on that line in mid-August and picture…

Implant Successfully Reaches Phase 3

Implant Successfully Reaches Phase 3

Clinical Trials News Braeburn says phase 3 trial for injectable opioid dependence treatment succeeds PBR Staff Writer Published 15 November 2016 A phase 3 trial of weekly and monthly injections…