Drug Addiction Treatment Articles

History of Opiates
Opioids are biological (harvested from opium poppies) and synthetic chemicals that bind to opioid receptors in the human body and create morphine-like effects. Opiates are a subset of opioids and generally refer to naturally occurring chemicals derived from the opium poppy. Read more...

Youth Use of Prescription Drugs Rises
Abuse of prescription drugs is rising among American youths even as use of other drugs seems to be leveling off or declining, according to the annual Monitoring the Future study. Read more...

Programs Face Aging Population of Drug Users
Over 3 million adults age 50 or older had abused prescription medication or used marijuana, hashish, cocaine, crack, heroin, hallucinogens or inhalants during the previous year, estimated the 2004 federal survey of substance abuse, released in September. Read more...

Elderly Caught Selling Prescription Drugs
More than 40 people age 60 and over have been caught illegally selling prescription painkillers in Kentucky since April 2004, according to a local anti-drug task force. Read more...

Study: Methadone Investment Repaid Many Times Over
Every dollar spent on methadone treatment yields $38 in related economic benefits, according to a study from RTI International. Read more...

Katrina Causes Wave of Addiction Problems
Hurricane Katrina displaced thousands of people with addictions from their treatment programs and support networks, added strain on people who may have been walking the line between moderate use and addiction, and put millions at risk of turning to alcohol or other drugs to ease the pain of dislocation, financial ruin, and personal tragedy. Read more...