Jul 11, 2014 — There's overmedicating and self-medicating, but some vets are "de-medicating." Prescribed multiple drugs to deal with PTSD and pain, they've stopped taking them — without authorization.
Jun 22, 2014 — Doctors and patients are trying to balance the need for pain relief and the potential for trouble. In an NPR poll, addiction and side effects were the top concerns.
May 28, 2014 — Heroin became notorious in the 1960s as an urban drug of abuse, but its resurgence is fueled by young people in rural and suburban areas, a study finds. Most first used prescription opioids.
May 11, 2014 — After I got pregnant, I did my best to do what a pregnant woman is supposed to do. I was able to refrain from drug use, but I never stayed away from alcohol for long.
Apr 22, 2014 — The developer of Moxduo says the drug, which combines morphine and oxycodone, would provide faster pain relief. But reviewers say there's not enough evidence that the combination drug is safer.
Apr 22, 2014 — The FDA is weighing the pros and cons of a drug that would, for the first time, combine morphine and oxycodone in a single pill. Critics warn that it could launch a new wave of abuse.
Apr 21, 2014 — The proposal awaiting the governor's signature has bipartisan support, despite doctors' opposition. Critics say it could deter expectant mothers from seeking help, or even encourage more abortions.
Apr 15, 2014 — Benzodiazepines like Xanax and Valium are among the most widely prescribed drugs in the U.S. Patients and addicts often mix them with prescription painkillers — sometimes to deadly effect.
Apr 13, 2014 — "I went after my recovery like I did my drugs and found I was able to accomplish anything I truly wanted," says Daney Hill, who now works with addicted and imprisoned mothers.
Mar 16, 2014 — I feel no shame when I say I'm a recovering addict. The battle has made me a warrior. As someone lucky to have survived, I want to tell others not to give up.