Drug and alcohol problems in US rose by 70% over past decade: study – GlobalPost

The number of drug and alcohol problems diagnosed by doctors in the US has increased 70 percent between 2001 and 2009, according to new research.

Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston blamed a rise in the abuse of¬†painkillers.

According to Reuters, lead author Dr. Joseph W. Frank said:

“We know that increases in prescription drug use are a big part of what’s (more…)

Former Biloxi bank worker indicted in theft of money from vault – SunHerald.com

GULFPORT — A federal grand jury has indicted a Biloxi woman on a charge alleging she stole more than $80,000 from the vault of a bank to support her oxycodone addiction.

Ashley Ann Keel, 29, was employed as a vault teller for Hancock Bank’s branch on Cedar Lake Road in Biloxi when FBI agents said they went to the bank to question (more…)

Opioid addiction can be overcome through medication – AnnArbor.com

I started taking oxycodone for chronic back pain, but now I’m addicted to it. I’ve heard there may be medications that can help me quit.

DEAR READER:

Oxycodone, like morphine, codeine and hydrocodone, is an opioid drug. Opioids are among the most powerful painkillers available. They can also produce a feeling of well-being and euphoria.

Opioids affect the brain by attaching themselves to structures (more…)