Addiction and Drug Use

Opioid Prescriptions Can Go Missing Between Hospital and Nursing Home

Dec 8, 2014

Madison, Wisconsin - Better communication between hospital and nursing home can thwart people determined to steal opioid prescriptions.

FDA Approves Slow-Release Painkiller

Nov 21, 2014

The FDA has approved a new opioid painkiller that releases over a 24-hour period, and is designed to reduce abuse by people chewing or smashing it into a powder for injection. However, the agency admits that abuse and overdose of the drug Hysingla is still possible.

Michael Regan of Bloomberg News spoke to Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson about the new drug.

Study Identifies Potential Treatment Target For Cocaine Addiction

Nov 3, 2014

A study led by investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has identified a potential target for therapies to treat cocaine addiction.  In their study receiving advance online publication in Molecular Psychiatry, the investigators find evidence that changing one amino acid in a subunit of an important receptor protein alters whether cocaine-experienced animals will resume drug seeking after a period of cocaine abstinence.

Checkup: Safe Disposal Of Opioids

Oct 10, 2014
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In September, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced it would allow patients to return unused opioid painkillers to pharmacies, as a way to tackle the growing issue of prescription drug abuse. Deborah Frye, Deputy Director of Indiana Professional Licensing Agency, explains why this is a step in the right direction. 


The federal government is finalizing new restrictions on hundreds of medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S.

The new rules mean that drugs like Vicodin, Lortab and their generic equivalents will be subject to the same prescribing rules as painkillers like codeine and oxycodone.

An Almost Addiction

Jul 26, 2014
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It's possible to be almost addicted to a substance, according to Wesley Boyd, who co-authored the book "Almost Addicted" in 2012. Dr. Boyd is the founder of the Human Rights and Asylum Clinic at CHA; a physiatrist at Cambridge Health Alliance; and on the faculty of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. 

Prescriptions for narcotic painkillers have surged in recent years. Fatal overdoses and abuse of the drugs have risen, too. Doctors and patients are grappling with how to balance the need for pain relief with the potential for trouble.

Zapping Addiction

Jun 2, 2014
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Addictive habits, like smoking, are hard to break, but did you know that switching cells on in the brain may be key to helping addicts kick their habit?