"Flakka," a synthetic stimulant, can cause violent and unpredictable behavior.
White and Native American men had the highest rates of lifetime drinking problems - 33% and 43%, respectively.
Use of a new designer drug, a synthetic version of cathinone, appears to be on the rise.
HIV-positive men that use stimulants show no greater mortality risk after initiating highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART).
Pharmacies will be prohibited from filling hydrocodone prescriptions delivered over the phone or via fax. eScripts can only be used in states where they are permitted.
New guidelines offer strategies for clinicians on how to effectively and safely manage opioid prescription use in chronic noncancer pain patients.
A federal report revealed the number of teens reporting illicit drug use fell in 2013.
Researchers found that young people were unaware about the risks associated with prescription opioid abuse and call for better outreach strategies and overdose prevention programs.
How can a clinician distinguish chronic pancreatitis from acute pancreatitis in a patient with alcohol-abuse history?
Adolescents reporting withdrawal and a drug problem improved at a greater rate compared with those who did not.
States that have enacted medical cannabis laws have seen an overall 24.8% mean drop in state-level opioid overdose mortality rates.
Following a spike in hydrocodone painkillers addiction, the federal government is restricting access to the opiate.
Spikes noted among young and middle-age adults.
The odds of severe memory impairment more than doubled with a history of alcohol use disorders.
The medication is designed to deter abuse of the drug by snorting or injection.
After a patient sought care for his opioid dependency, this provider was thanked for putting the patient's family back together.
When used as prescribed, these drugs are not addictive. However, abuse is on the rise, and clinicians need to be able to identify the signs.
Ask patients how many times in the past year they have used an illegal drug or prescription medication for nonmedical reasons.
Alcohol can elevate a person's risk of ischemic stroke by 2.3 times in the first hour after ingestion.
Does tobacco use after buprenorphine and naloxone (Suboxone) treatment encourage relapse?
An uncooperative and intoxicated patient forces clinicians to take matters into their own hands.
Hepatic encephalopathy is a common complication of liver cirrhosis.
What can be done for a mood disorder secondary to alcohol abuse when the patient has failed all treatments?
Perhaps the patient had a viral infection or metabolic disorder. But her symptoms pointed to something more urgent.
Seeking neurologic treatment for fatigue and headaches, the patient's poor liver function pointed in another direction.
Is there a way to reduce or eliminate frequent episodes of boils?
The young woman had a personal history of drug use and a family history significant for schizophrenia and suicide.
A patient's claim that her husband lost her pain pills makes clinicians suspect symptoms are a ruse.
Fatal medication errors (FMEs) among patients who used recreational drugs or alcohol while taking prescribed or OTC medicines increased more than 3,000% over two decades.
Primary-care clinicians are being asked to diagnose substance use disorder with increasing frequency. Find out what tools are available to assist you.