addiction

addiction

Should Tanning Be Considered Addictive?

Currently only one behavioral addiction, gambling disorder, is recognized by the American Psychiatric Association, and that behavior was only recognized a few years ago.
Kat Eschner
9.4.18
Fighting Words

The Trump Administration Wants to Block Cities' Plans to Cut Drug Overdoses

An expert explains why deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein's ideas are so misinformed.
Rob Stenzel
8.31.18
mental health

Psychedelics Might Be Especially Effective in Treating Depression When Combined With Hypnosis

Scientists are exploring the combination of the power of suggestion and the healing potential of psychedelics.
Lea Surugue
8.22.18
Fighting Words

Forcing Pain Patients Off Their Meds Won't End the Opioid Crisis

It might seem like a good idea to target the small number of people who use the most opioids, but a plan proposed in Oregon won't reduce the number of overdoses or new addictions.
Maia Szalavitz
8.21.18
united states of addiction

A New Book Chronicles How Pharma and Doctors Jumpstarted the Opioid Epidemic

“Dopesick” looks at how the makers of OxyContin targeted doctors in struggling areas with terrifying precision—and tragic consequences.
Eric Allen Been
8.17.18
Harm Reduction

Calling Safe Consumption Sites by a Different Name Increases Public Support

A new study found that, all other things being equal, people were more likely to support "overdose prevention sites" opening in their community.
Jesse Hicks
8.13.18
Harm Reduction

Does Smoking Heroin Really Cause Brain Damage?

Recent reports that smoking heroin (and an associated risk of brain damage) is increasing among young people aren't looking at the full picture.
Troy Farah
8.10.18
united states of addiction

The Facebook Page That Led to 30 Drug-Rehab Arrests

One informant reported having been paid in heroin to live in a sober home and collect money from visitors who sexually assaulted female residents.
Chelsea Greenwood
8.3.18
mental health

Why Do People Drastically Change Their Skin Color?

The complicated psychology of why some people obsessively tan and why others use bleaching products to lighten their skin.
Melissa Pandika
7.19.18
drinking

Young Adults Are Increasingly Dying of Alcohol-Related Liver Disease

Cirrhosis deaths have increased in every state but one.
Jesse Hicks
7.18.18
addiction

What a US-China Trade War Could Mean for the Opioid Epidemic

We rely on China to control the manufacture and export of illicit drugs like fentanyl. Now, “China could say ‘We are no longer going to cooperate with the United States on controlling these synthetic opioids.’”
Matthew Garcia, Kaiser Health News
7.11.18
united states of addiction

Drug Dealers on Facebook Are Targeting People With Addiction

I posed as a potential customer and experienced the most aggressive marketing tactics.
Elizabeth Brico
7.6.18