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Opioid addiction skyrockets nearly 500 percent in U.S.

A recent analysis of millions of American medical claims revealed that diagnoses for opioid addiction have skyrocketed by nearly 500 percent over the past seven years, according to the Blue Cross-Blue Shield Association.

Break-up pill could soon be available to treat love addiction

Oxford - Researchers at the University of Oxford have concluded that love addiction is real. However, they said it may be biochemically curable.

Internet withdrawal increases blood pressure

Swansea - Are you an Internet addict? If so it might be bad for your physiological health, according to a new study. Scientists have shown how Internet withdrawal increases heart rate and blood pressure.

First American opiate intervention court opens in Buffalo, N.Y.

Buffalo - In the first of its kind in the United States, a special court has been set up in Buffalo, New York to provide treatment to opiate addicts before they are dealt with by the criminal justice system. The hope is to save lives and reduce future offences.

Hepatitis C nearly triples in US in 5 years

Miami - The number of hepatitis C infections have nearly tripled in the United States in the last five years, particularly among people in their 20s, researchers said Thursday.

Addiction to love comes in two forms: Study

What does love feel like? Love addiction comes in not one but two forms according to neuroscientists. In a long-term review, researchers from the Oxford University Centre for Neuroethics explain what these differences are.

US communities crumbling under an evolving addiction crisis

Washington - Of the 2,900 babies born last year in Cabell County, West Virginia, 500 had to be weaned off of opioid dependence.In Ohio, counties are renting refrigerated trailers to store the mounting number of bodies of drug overdose victims.

Ben Affleck says he's undergone treatment for alcoholism

Los Angeles - Hollywood star Ben Affleck announced on Facebook that he has undergone treatment to combat alcoholism, as he acknowledged his ongoing struggle with the condition.

Op-Ed: Canada's growing opioid crisis — talking about it won't help

Calgary - For well over a decade, health professionals, law enforcement officials, the media and others concerned over the growing opioid epidemic in Canada and the U.S. have been calling for urgent action on what has become an epidemic in both nations.

Addiction is a crisis, not a character flaw: US surgeon general

Miami - Alcoholism and drug abuse are a pressing public health crisis in the United States, and addiction should no longer be dismissed as a "character flaw," top US health officials said Thursday.

New method for assessing addiction in people

Addiction to a substance affects the brain and once some is dependent, removing the need for the substance becomes psychologically and physically difficult. This is not a simple process as a new method indicates.

Is digital addiction a problem that affects only Millennials?

Is digital addiction a real medical condition or just a scaring ghost evoked by people who seek a financial gain from a boom of allegedly addicted kids? And how much is this problem affecting youths compared to adults?

Addict risks all in deadly Philippine drug war

Manila - Pedicab driver Reyjin dives into a neighbour's house for a quick meth fix, fearful of taking a bullet to the head in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal war on drugs but unable to quit.

Addict risks all in deadly Philippine drug war

Manila - Pedicab driver Reyjin dives into a neighbour's house for a quick meth fix, fearful of taking a bullet to the head in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal war on drugs but unable to quit.

Addict risks all in deadly Philippine drug war

Manila - Pedicab driver Reyjin dives into a neighbour's house for a quick meth fix, fearful of taking a bullet to the head in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal war on drugs but unable to quit.

Are kids dangerously addicted to iPads?

It's now routine for kids to get their first tablet or smartphone before they even start elementary school. One addiction expert thinks that's causing a public health crisis — and some of his anecdotes about young digital addicts are staggering.

Research shows we touch our cell phones 2,617 times per day

It sometimes seems as if our phones function like an extra limb on our bodies and now, research demonstrates exactly how attached to the devices we really are.

YouTube music videos may get teens hooked to booze, cigarettes

A study examining Youtube music videos from Britain's top 40 chart has questioned whether the high prevalence of alcohol and tobacco consumption in the videos might be a strategy by companies to target teenage audiences.

Review: ‘I Smile Back’ is Sarah Silverman’s sincere portrait of addiction Special

Sarah Silverman doesn’t often play serious roles, but maybe she should veer closer to dramatic films based on her outstanding performance in ‘I Smile Back’ as a woman whose reckless choices threaten her home life.

Marijuana abuse leads to irritability and promotes addiction

A study suggests regular marijuana use is associated with reduced dopamine responses in brain, leading to anxiety and restlessness, a lower feeling of reward; and, over time, addiction.

Op-Ed: Why Recovery Month may save your life

This September marked the 26th year of National Recovery Month, a countrywide observance to promote substance abuse issues and encourage people to seek help. But how exactly does it work — and who are the people who say it saved their life?

Through the haze, Paris protesters call for fresh cannabis laws

Paris - Sporting T-shirts and caps printed with marijuana leaves and with joints hanging from their lips, hundreds of people demonstrated in Paris on Saturday as part of a world march calling for the legalisation of cannabis.

What new statistics say about American drug use

Newly released Medicare statistics have highlighted the problem the U.S. has with prescription drug abuse. Though troubling, these much reported stats should not come as a surprise. But what facts about America's drug use have NOT been so well documented?

Highly processed foods are linked to addictive eating

New research confirms what most people know: highly processed foods, including certain types of chocolate, pizza, burgers and French fries are among the most addictive and trigger an inclination to overeat.

A waitress accused of adjusting customers' tips

A restaurant server has been accused of editing the tips that customers gave her with extra numbers, adjusting a $5 tip to $15 or even $25, affecting at least 20 of the restaurant users.

Op-Ed: How is addiction different for men and women?

The way men and women react to drug addiction can be markedly different, and with more gender-specific rehab centers opening each year, this has never been more discernible. But what exactly is responsible for these nuances — hormones or something more?

Butcher robbed bank to recoup wages lost gambling, police say

A Pennsylvania grocer is jailed in connection with an alleged bank robbery after he reportedly gambled away his entire paycheck.

Why smokers struggle to quit

Researchers have identified some of the main reasons why many cigarette smokers struggle to kick the nicotine habit. It is all to do with the "feeling" of happiness.

Op-Ed: Video game addiction is growing

Video games lure people to a fantasy world. For gaming addicts, the virtual world is more appealing than real life. But what about the harm compulsive video gaming does to our personality?

Man with Google Glass had 'Internet addiction disorder'

Paris - A 31-year-old American was treated for addiction after wearing Google Glass for up to 18 hours a day and even experienced dreams as if looking through the device, doctors said.
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