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Our Growing Medical Problem: Addicted Doctors

Daily Beast writer says it's becoming a public-health concern

(Newser) - Cases like that of David Kwiatkowski, a lab technician who infected dozens of patients with hepatitis C because he first injected himself with their drugs, are a sign of a big problem in the world of health care, writes Kent Sepkowitz in the Daily Beast . That would be drug-addicted doctors,... More »

How to Save Heroin Addicts

Experts weigh in on changes that should be made to treatment

(Newser) - Could Philip Seymour Hoffman have been saved? That's what two columns are arguing today:
  • On CNN , drug experts Ethan Nadelmann and Tony Newman outline a 7-step plan to stop overdoses—105 people in the US die each day from heroin or pharmaceutical opioid ODs. The first step: Make treatment
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Lady Gaga: I'm Addicted to Pot

Says she used it to get through stresses of fame, injury

(Newser) - Lady Gaga is (or was) addicted to marijuana, she revealed in a radio interview recently, People reports. "It's ultimately related to anxiety coping and it's a form of self-medication," Gaga told Elvis Duran and the Z100 Morning Show . "I was smoking up to 15 to... More »

Zac Efron's Secret Rehab Stint Was for Cocaine?

Original report said his problem was alcohol

(Newser) - It appears Zac Efron went through rehab for drug abuse and managed to keep it under the radar. It reportedly wasn’t alcohol Efron was in for, but a cocaine addiction. Newsy reports: More »

End the Drug War; Make Next Drug Czar a Doctor

David Sheff thinks Obama's not doing enough to end a counterproductive policy

(Newser) - Just once in his life, at 19, David Sheff carried a trunk-load of marijuana from Berkeley to San Diego. On his way home, his trunk now empty, police pulled him over and searched his car. Ever since he's looked back "with abject horror at how much my life... More »

Cocaine May 'Teach' Addiction to Brain—Fast

Scientists see changes to mouse brains after 2 hours

(Newser) - Just one dose of cocaine may physically change the brain as the body begins "learning addiction," scientists say. They investigated the effect of the drug on mice, and noted that within two hours of being injected with the drug, brain changes were visible, the BBC reports. After two... More »

Bath Salts: More Addictive Than Meth

Study finds it is for rats, anyway

(Newser) - "Bath salts" may have become the punchline to many bizarre crimes in recent years, but the drug is no joke: a new study has found it may be more addictive than meth. In experiments with rats, the test subjects worked much harder to get doses of methylenedioxypyrovalerone —or... More »

Scientists Test Meth Addiction 'Cure'

Early results are promising at UCLA

(Newser) - Scientists are testing a drug that may 'cure' meth addiction, and early results are good. Ibudilast is used in Japan and Korea to treat asthma sufferers and stroke victims, but US scientists believe it may also block methamphetamine cravings in the brain, reports the Huffington Post . "Very preliminary... More »

Whitney's Mom Tells of 'Beyond Disturbing' Visit

Cissy Houston reams Bobby Brown in new memoir

(Newser) - Cissy Houston has a few words, and a few more, for Bobby Brown. In Remembering Whitney, out today, the mother of the late Whitney Houston writes that from the start she had doubted whether Brown was right for her daughter. And she thinks that Whitney might not have ended up... More »

Newborns Addicted to Pain Pills Up 300%

Hospitals trying to invent treatment programs

(Newser) - Heartbreaking medical news: Cases of babies born addicted to pain pills are up more than 300% over the past decade, forcing doctors and nurses to invent treatments on the fly, the Wall Street Journal reports. Crying non-stop, vomiting, jerking their limbs, these newborns are the result of America's addiction... More »

Quitting Pot Can Cause Withdrawal, Too

Study rejects notion drug isn't addictive

(Newser) - Heard that pot isn't addictive? Not so, says a new study: Quitting can lead to withdrawal symptoms "very similar to what people experience with tobacco," says one of the study's authors. "It makes you irritable. It makes you restless. It makes it hard to sleep.... More »

Pills for Addicts? 12-Step Centers Don't Buy It

But drug treatment centers show little interest

(Newser) - Decades of 12-step programs have set the standard for addiction treatment, but now doctors and scientists are trying to give drug and alcohol addicts another option: medication. With some federal support, these experts are adding to drugs already in use—like methadone for heroin addiction—by telling doctors about medications... More »

Tetra Pak Heir Arrested After Wife's Death

Hans Kristian Rausing had first been busted on drug charges

(Newser) - The body of Eva Rausing, one of the richest women in Britain, was found in her London home Monday, and her husband Hans Kristian Rausing, heir to the Tetra Pak packaging firm fortune, has been arrested in connection with the death. Authorities said that a 49-year-old man was busted on... More »

Thomas Kinkade Died of Booze, Valium OD: Coroner

Santa Clara coroner calls death 'accidental'

(Newser) - Painter Thomas Kinkade died of an accidental overdose of alcohol and Valium , according to a California coroner's report. "Mr. Kinkade died of respiratory depression as a result of a high concentration of ethanol combined with benzodiazepine use," the Santa Clara County Coroner's Office determined in a... More »

Number of Opiate-Addicted Newborns Triples

Prescription drug abuse by pregnant women rises sharply

(Newser) - The number of pregnant women abusing prescription drugs has soared, and babies addicted to opiates are now being born at the rate of one every hour in the US, a new study warns. Researchers found that the newborn addiction rate has tripled over the last decade, and the newborns spent... More »

Drug Prohibition Not Working, Brand Testifies

He speaks to British lawmakers about addiction

(Newser) - Drug addiction should be treated as a health issue, not a criminal one, Russell Brand told lawmakers in Britain yesterday. The flamboyant actor, wearing a torn vest top, testified before a parliamentary committee, saying he had beaten his own addiction to heroin but had been arrested around a dozen times... More »

Vaccine Could Cut Heroin Addiction

Mexican scientists about to start tests on humans

(Newser) - Scientists in Mexico are making progress on a front sure to displease the cartels: a heroin vaccine. It seems to have worked in mice, and now researchers are preparing tests on humans, reports the Guardian . The idea behind the vaccine is to make the body immune to the effects of... More »

Probe Launched Into Whitney's Prescriptions, Doctors

Medical records will be subpoenaed

(Newser) - The investigation into Whitney Houston's death is now turning to her doctors and pharmacies. Investigators are expected in the next few days to serve subpoenas on the singer's physicians and the pharmacies where Houston obtained multiple prescription drugs, reports the Los Angeles Times . Officials aim to determine whether... More »

Brain Scans of Addicts' Siblings Offer a Clue

They share abnormalities that make them more vulnerable

(Newser) - New hope in the treatment of addiction? A study shows that people hooked on drugs or alcohol have abnormalities in the brain that make them more susceptible. Researchers were able to determine that the abnormalities existed before the addiction set in because they found the same abnormalities in the brains... More »

Addiction Now Officially a 'Brain Disorder'

Doctors say addiction more than just behavioral problem

(Newser) - After four years of work involving 80 experts, the American Society of Addiction Medicine is redefining addiction—to alcohol, drugs, sex, gambling, and more—as a brain disorder, updating its former classification as a behavioral problem, reports Live Science . Addiction is also now considered a primary and chronic disorder, meaning... More »

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