Opioid Use Now Tops Tobacco Use in the U.S.

Recent federal data shows that more people in the U.S. use opioid painkillers than tobacco, highlighting the tragic opioid crisis gripping the country.


The Opioid Crisis Deemed a National Emergency: So What Happens Now?

The Trump administration has declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency. What does that mean, and is there any reason for concern?


Whoa! Study Finds Energy Drinks to be a Gateway Drug?

Shocking new research suggests that energy drinks may be a gateway drug to harder substances, including cocaine and non-prescription stimulants.


This 1980 Letter from Researchers Helped Fuel the Opioid Epidemic

The opioid epidemic was sparked by a 1980 letter stating that there was no risk of addiction in patients treated with narcotics in hospitals.


A Sad 1st in America: Heroin Overdoses Outpace Gun Homicides

A year-end repor shows that heroin overdoses outpace gun homicides for the first time in the U.S. Heroin deaths outpaced deaths from traditional opioids.


Panel: The FDA Desperately Needs to Review its Approach to Opioids

A panel of experts has released a comprehensive report detailing the ways in which the FDA should consider going about tackling the nation’s opioid crisis.


Heartburn Drugs Linked to Early Death – How to Safely Find Relief

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), a class of heartburn drugs, have been linked to an increased risk of early death by a recent study.


Study: Birth Control Pills can Lower Women’s Quality of Life

A new study shows that birth control pills containing ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel lower women’s quality of life.


Suppress Coughs by Coating the Throat in…Chocolate?

A new chocolate-based cough syrup was so effective at suppressing coughs that some study participants were better in 48 hours.


Did a Common Anti-Anxiety Drug Play into Soundgarden Rocker’s Death?

Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell’s death was ruled a suicide, but his family says the anti-anxiety drug Ativan may have been involved.


Study: Safety Issues Plagued 1/3 of FDA-Approved Drugs from 2001-2010

A new study reveals that nearly 1/3 of drugs approved by the FDA from 2001-2012 had safety problems, some serious enough to warrant a”black box warning.


Medical Marijuana Gets the Green Light in North Dakota

In North Dakota, voters passed a law legalizing medical cannabis on November, 2016 by a majority 64%, but lawmakers have been haggling over many details.


Teen Live-Streams Suicide After Doubling Antidepressant Dose

A doctor recently doubled the dose of a dangerous antidepressant Naikin Venant, 14, was taking when she live-streamed her suicide in January.


Study: Patients Are Choosing Cannabis over Opioids

A Canadian study shows that many patients with gastrointestinal problems, mental health issues, and/or chronic pain choose cannabis over prescription drugs.


Daughter of Singer Amy Grant Gives her Best Friend a Kidney

The daughter of singer Amy Grant donated one of her kidneys to her best friend January 24. The story is quite inspiring, right?


Washington City Sues OxyContin Maker over Opioid Epidemic

The maker of OxyContin is being sued by the town of Everett, Washington, which wants the company to pay for its massive opioid problem.


Is the DEA Trying to Exert Authority over Marijuana Extracts? *Updated*

The DEA’s latest move has some pot advocates fearing the administration is trying to extend its authority over all cannabinoids.