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Drug Abuse

The Tragedy of Philip Seymour Hoffman: How We Can Prevent Overdose Deaths

Meghan Ralston | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics
Meghan Ralston

We'll likely learn a great deal more about Hoffman, his drug use and his personal demons. Some will likely call his death a 'teachable moment.' But we need to ensure that what we're teaching includes information that can save lives.

'9 Percent of Those Who Use Cannabis Become Dependent' Is Based on Drug War Diagnostics and Bad Science

Sunil Kumar Aggarwal | Posted 03.31.2014 | Science
Sunil Kumar Aggarwal

The origin of this figure is research by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the federal drug abuse research institute, published in a 1994 article in the journal Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology. The problem is that their survey was chock-full of bias.

Is the National Drinking Age Doing More Harm Than Good?

Sam Tracy | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Sam Tracy

No study has proven a cause-and-effect relationship between the heightened drinking age and reduced drunk driving deaths, and since similar reductions have occurred in other countries with lower minimum ages, the drop in fatalities is probably more due to things like public awareness and lowering the BAC limit than the drinking age.

Is Decriminalization the Best Approach to Vermont's, and Nation's, Drug Abuse Problem?

Sam Tracy | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Sam Tracy

Criminalizing drugs doesn't make them disappear, it simply drives them underground into much more dangerous settings.

For Young People Addicted to Painkillers, the Path Less Taken -- Why?

Stephen J. Pasierb | Posted 02.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Stephen J. Pasierb

While no one treatment approach is right for every teen, it is clinically sensible -- but not easy -- to find comprehensive care. We tell families to look for three things.

Is Drinking Alone an Early Warning Sign?

Wray Herbert | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Most people start drinking for social purposes, and most of those go on to lives of moderate social drinking. Only a fraction of them become alcoholic as adults. But what about those early outliers, the ones without a party to go to, or friends to meet?

#EndMedicineAbuse: Why Prescription Drug Abuse Is So Personal to Me

Cyrus Stowe | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Cyrus Stowe

These teens abusing medicines look normal. They do well in school. They can be your babysitters. Your neighbors. Your nieces and nephews. Your kids.

There Was a Message in This Bottle: Why Listening to Customers Matters

Jerry McLaughlin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Jerry McLaughlin

As the president and CEO of Branders.com, the world's largest online corporate giveaway store, I take pride in my company's ability to carry nearly every item our customers could want to promote their business or organization. Through branded items such as grocery store bags and water bottles, I'm proud to say that Branders.com has helped Celeste promote the Raymond Coalition for Youth in her community. A regular customer, Celeste visited Branders.com earlier this year to purchase Frisbees and beach balls for an upcoming summer festival. Celeste got in touch with my team at Branders.com, and I'm glad she did.

Why The Uptick In Prescription Drug Abuse?

The Safety Report | Posted 10.14.2013 | College

Drug abuse now kills more Americans per year than homicide or car accidents and is now the fastest-growing cause of accidental death in the U.S., acco...

Reflecting a Dark Future in the Crystal Ball

Joe Putignano | Posted 11.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Joe Putignano

I've never judged anyone for using drugs. How could I? I find it oddly intelligent for people to gravitate to those things that make them feel whole; however, as with most drugs, meth becomes a prison made of molecules, locking the user in.

More Than a Feeling: How to Tell if Your Child Has a Problem With Addiction

Dr. Howard Samuels | Posted 11.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Howard Samuels

The world we live in can be a harsh, cruel, and unforgiving place. Drug dealers aren't going to practice restraint because your child is underaged or innocent. But we can unite as a community and do what we can to not provide such a target-rich environment.

September, So Exciting

Susie Spain | Posted 11.10.2013 | Impact
Susie Spain

For all of us at Angels at Risk, what we love most about September is all the newness, the hope, the crisis, the tears and all the joy that we get to see. The fact for us all is that it comes under the category of helping everybody's self-esteem.

The Drug Overdose That I Almost Didn't Live to Tell About

Sheneka Adams | Posted 11.05.2013 | Women
Sheneka Adams

If anyone has ever been to a mental facility, then you know how scary it is. You have no rights, you belong to the state. Long story short, I got out of there and I vowed never to do drugs again, but I knew that was a lie.

Women and Prescription Drugs: The Gender Gap Tightens

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 10.21.2013 | Healthy Living
David Sack, M.D.

Women are catching up to men and, for once, it's not good news. Every day, 18 women die of a prescription drug overdose in the U.S. That's five times more than 10 years ago.

David Lohr

Police Officer Accused Of Pocketing Drugs From Evidence Locker

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 08.16.2013 | Crime

A high-ranking, veteran Massachusetts police officer was arrested Thursday and charged with stealing drugs from his department's evidence locker. L...

Does Miley Cyrus' Latest Song Set a Bad Example?

Richard Taite | Posted 10.05.2013 | Entertainment
Richard Taite

What you do for yourself is private, though speaking as a father, I hope that you make only the best decisions for yourself, because life is fragile. But when you sing about fun times on drugs, you are publicly approving of drug use and experimentation to your young audience.

A Helping Hand for Military Veterans

Richard Taite | Posted 09.21.2013 | Impact
Richard Taite

One of the results of traumatic experience for soldiers is addiction. Why are we asking American young men and women to fight for our country only to let them suffer after they have made their sacrifices?

Booze, Binging and the Devil You Don't Know

Wray Herbert | Posted 09.21.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Drinkers clearly expect that alcohol will dampen the effects of stress -- they often drink for precisely that reason -- but in fact this dynamic is poorly understood.

A Pill Popping Society

Allen Frances | Posted 09.16.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

Our forty year war against the illegal drugs promoted by drug cartels has been a proven failure. If we devoted just a tenth of the effort to controlling the equally dangerous misuse of legal prescription drugs, we would most certainly succeed.

Kristen Johnston: Cory Monteith's Death Is 'Not Shocking'

Posted 07.29.2013 | Celebrity

Kristen Johnston, the "3rd Rock From The Sun" actress, joined HuffPost Live today and weighed in on Cory Monteith's death. "Whatever happened, I'm ...

Dead Lawyers and Dying Young People

Don McNay | Posted 09.14.2013 | Celebrity
Don McNay

"Though it's cold and lonely in the deep dark night" -Jim Steinman (song by Meat Loaf and later the cast of Glee) My first news on Sunday was seeing...

Women and Drugs: The Final Drug War Taboo?

Meghan Ralston | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Meghan Ralston

Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report about the rate of opioid and prescription drug overdose among women in the United States. It's bad, and getting worse. But not getting much attention.

Why Not Adderall for Finals Week?

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 08.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

I don't blame Joe's family at all if they wind up using Adderall for finals. I just know my limits as to how far I can ethically participate in this epidemic. But I suspect the other doctor will have no problem filling the prescription.

'Friends' Star Reveals Past Drug Addiction

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.31.2013 | Celebrity

Behind the comedic one-liners and witty sarcasm, Chandler Bing was hiding a secret -- the actor playing the famous sitcom character on "Friends" was b...

The Startling Consequence Of High Unemployment Revealed

AP | Posted 07.28.2013 | Business

LISBON, Portugal — The European Union's drug agency says high youth unemployment in some EU countries and cuts to public health budgets could re...