Health News

Doctor Shopping Was Common After Bone Surgery
After orthopedic surgery, many patients return to their doctor asking for more pain medication. But many find other doctors in addition to their own who will prescribe them more narcotics.
Robin Williams Dead at 63
Oscar-winning actor and comic Robin Williams died at his home in Northern California August 11.
Weaning Newborns With a Plan
When babies are born to mothers who used opiates, they may experience symptoms of withdrawal which require treatment.
Painkiller Prescription Practices Differ Across US
Medications intended to ease pain can sometimes cause more when an overdose occurs. People in certain US states may be at a greater risk for overdoses based on the prescription practices in those states.
The Changing Face of Heroin Abusers
In recent years, pharmaceutical companies have put safeguards on medications to make it harder to abuse certain prescription painkillers. But those changes may be leading some to use illegal drugs.
Drugged Driving Nearly Doubled in Last Decade
Widespread public education and law enforcement efforts warn of the dangers associated with driving under the influence of alcohol. But new research suggests there's another growing problem to be aware of while on the road.
Guidelines Issued for Drug Testing in Teens
The teenage years are a common time for experimentation, which can include experimenting with alcohol, tobacco and drugs.
Many College Students Smoke Pot and Drive
Parents worry about their kids going off to college and drinking and driving. While this is a real concern, there may be another substance they should be worrying about.
Substance Abuse at School May Mean Other Problems
Although it's no secret that teens may experiment with alcohol or marijuana, more than 5 percent of them smoke pot or drink alcohol on school campuses.
Rx May Prevent Cocaine Relapse
Part of beating drug addiction is learning how to combat the craving. Not all triggers of drug cravings are obvious, and stopping those triggers might be the key to beating addiction.