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FDA launches app competition to tackle opioid abuse

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched a competition for app developers to come up with software to address the growing epidemic of opioid overdose.

World drug abuse rates fall, but serious addicts rise

New figures released by the United Nations suggest that while drug abuse remains a global problem, the rate of drug abuse has slightly fallen. In addition, deaths as a result of the misuse of drugs has stabilized.

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.

Government seeks to cost out obesity and drug use

London - The U.K. government is seeking to cost out the amount spent on treating obese people, drug addicts and alcoholics. One of the measures being considered is to reduce state support for people who fall within these groupings.

Compound pharmacies possible alternative to addictive medications Special

As the epidemic of prescription drug abuse continues to proliferate, medical professionals continue to search for ways to reduce their reliance on these dangerous and addictive medications — for many, the use of compound drugs has been the answer.

Doctors concerned about addiction prescribing fewer opiates

According to a new study released by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, nearly half of all primary care physicians in the U.S. say they are becoming less likely to prescribe opioids to patients for pain management.

Daily Relief: Friday 28 March

A light-hearted look at the odd events happening in the world. Today includes a new TV show starring Prince Harry, a weird tattoo and a shocking look at the effects of drug abuse.

Nigella Lawson back in court, with head held high

Isleworth - Celebrity chef, Nigella Lawson, daughter of senior Tory Nigel Lawson, was back in court again Thursday, with head held high, as the trial looked set to become a witch-hunt with Nigella in the dock, rather than the accused Grillo sisters.

Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson admits taking cocaine

London - A little over a week ago Digital Journal reported that former assistants of UK celebrity chef Nigella Lawson alleged she was a cocaine user who had secretly used her husband's money to fund her drug abuse.

Rob Ford tells The O'Reilly Factor he is loving media attention

Toronto - The disgraced and crack cocaine-using Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has plenty to be ashamed about but on the contrary he claims that he is "loving this," referring to the media attention he continues to receive.

Drug addiction changes the brain

By studying post-mortem human brains of heroin abusers, scientists have found that significant changes in gene networks occur.

Michael Jackson’s lawyers cite major celeb drug abusers

After being denied benefits from an insurance policy surrounding the death of Michael Jackson and his ill-fated "This Is It" tour, the King of Pop’s legal team claims stars like Britney Spears had histories of drug abuse and applied for similar claims.

UK alcohol & drug abuse make it 'addiction capital' of Europe

UK think tank, the Centre for Social Justice, warn that booze and drug addictions are increasing and lead to family breakdown, debt and crime. UK has the highest addiction rate to hard drugs, like heroin, and women top the table for alcohol dependency.

U.S. drug overdose deaths rise for 11th year running

Deaths from drug overdoses have risen for the 11th consecutive year according to U.S. government data. The main cause is from the overuse of addictive painkillers.

New method for blocking harmful memories

Researchers have put forward a method for blocking harmful memories associated with post-traumatic stress disorder and drug addiction.

Study: Marijuana doesn't harm lung functionality

Results published by researchers from California and Alabama Universities have shown that smoking pot doesn't harm a user's lung functionality.

In 2012, new U.S. laws on guns, Starbucks, immigrants, fake pot

If your New Year's celebrations didn't include making resolutions that's okay because several different American states have already done it for you.

Purer, stronger painkiller coming; critics predict epic abuse

Washington - With opiate painkillers already on the market like OxyContin, hydrocodone and even Vicodin, why would we need another stronger, purer one? But four different pharmaceutical firms are currently madly working to release their versions of it.

Op-Ed: Nile Rodgers — The man who died eight times

London - Nile Rodgers is best known as a songwriter and latterly as one of the most influential music producers of all time. When he appeared on the BBC this morning though, he had a different and quite extraordinary tale to tell.

Charlie Sheen done with porn stars and drug addiction

After entering a drug rehabilitation center over a week ago due to a reported drug overdose, popular actor Charlie Sheen is now taking control of his addiction to drugs and alcohol.

UN finds abuse of 'date-rape drugs' increasing

The United Nations warned governments on Wednesday to give greater attention to fighting drug abuse with a concerned focus of the increasing rise of "date-rape drugs."

Ontario Reports Growing Number of Students Abusing Painkillers

The latest Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey reveals that while the use of narcotics is overall steady, more students are taking prescription painkillers. One in five students admits to have taken pain medication, often obtained at home.

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Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid synthesized from poppy-derived thebaine. It is a narcotic analg...
Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid synthesized from poppy-derived thebaine. It is a narcotic analgesic generally indicated for relief of moderate to severe pain

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