Substance Abuse

3:05pm

Wed August 28, 2013
Shots - Health News

Illicit Drugs And Mental Illness Take A Huge Global Toll

A homeless man smokes crack in the Barrio Triste neighborhood in Medellin, Colombia.
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Mental disorders and substance abuse are the leading causes of nonfatal illness on the planet, according to an ambitious analysis of data from around the world.

A companion report, the first of its kind, documents the global impact of four illicit drugs: heroin and other opiates, amphetamines, cocaine and cannabis. It calls illegal drugs "an important contributor to the global burden of disease."

The two papers are being published by The Lancet as part of a continuing project called the Global Burden of Disease.

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1:50pm

Tue August 20, 2013
Shots - Health News

Study Finds No Link Between Hallucinogens And Mental Problems

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 8:03 am

Don't fear the 'shrooms.
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How risky are psychedelic drugs to mental health? Not nearly as much as you might have imagined.

People who had taken LSD, psilocybin (the brain-bending chemical in magic mushrooms) or mescaline at any time in their lives were no more likely than those who hadn't to wind up in mental health treatment or to have symptoms of mental illness, according to an analysis by some Norwegian researchers.

And there was some evidence that people who had taken the drugs at some point were less likely to have had recent mental health treatment.

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3:25pm

Sat July 27, 2013
U.S.

How Americans Said No To Cocaine After Years-Long Addiction

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 10:56 am

Narcotics officers in New York seized 3,586 pounds of cocaine and $1.3 million seized in 1997. Cocaine use in the U.S. has dropped by almost half since 2006.
Gino Dominico AP

In the 1980s, if you moved in certain circles — or picked up the newspaper — a certain white powder was everywhere, common as dust.

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3:02pm

Wed July 10, 2013
Shots - Health News

Bros Get Wasted; Girls Get Tipsy: Why Boozy Talk Matters

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 8:11 am

Man, you are going to get wasted. The words drinkers choose to describe their behavior may say a lot about the risks they face.
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Guys can really get hammered, can't they? I mean, totally trashed. Not me. I may have gotten a little buzzed at that birthday party, but that's it.

The words people use to describe their drinking behavior can say a lot about how they perceive drinking, a perception that may not match reality, researchers say.

And the language may also reveal risks that may not be obvious to the drinkers themselves.

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2:48am

Wed July 3, 2013
Health

Deadly Painkiller Overdoses Affecting More Women

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 3:59 pm

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And let's look now at some disturbing health news. At study out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows women are dying from overdoses of prescription painkillers at a much higher rate than men. [POST-BROADCAST CORRECTION: Men still die from these overdoses at a higher rate than women. Women are dying from the overdoses at a much higher rate than ever before.]

Over the past decade, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of women overdosing. NPR's Patti Neighmond reports.

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