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Experts Say Opioids May Not Be Worth Risk for Some Conditions

In recent years, opioids have become a safety concern for some health officials. The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) recently released a statement on opioid use to address this problem.

September 27 Is Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), with the help of nearly 4,000 smaller law agencies, will host the ninth and final National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27.

Some Disagreed With WHO Report on E-Cigarettes

E-cigarettes are gaining popularity. But whether they are safer than conventional cigarettes is the subject of debate, even among experts.

E-Cigarettes May Not Help Cancer Patients Quit

Cancer patients trying to kick the smoking habit may reach for e-cigarettes — but do the devices help in the fight to avoid conventional cigarettes? Likely not, suggests a new study.

Food Addiction May Be Tied to PTSD

Many patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have difficulty coping with the anxiety and stress they may feel. This could lead some to turn to overeating to ease their pain.

Overall US Dietary Quality Remained Low

Since 2000, US officials have made several policy changes in nutrition and proper food processing. But a new study found that, despite government efforts to promote proper diet, eating habits in the US remained a national concern.

E-Cigarettes Could Prime Brain for Other Addictive Substances

As electronic cigarettes become more popular, the medical community is working to understand their health effects.

DEA Puts Tighter Controls on Hydrocodone Combination Pills

The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has taken action to control the widespread abuse of narcotic painkillers. The agency has placed tighter restrictions on products containing one of the most common painkillers available.

Parents' Actions May Influence Age Children Try Alcohol

Past research has found that around two-thirds of US teens will drink alcohol by age 18. New research looks at reasons why kids start drinking in the first place.

WHO Calls for Regulations on E-Cigarettes

In the ongoing debate about electronic cigarettes, some experts welcome the products as a way to reduce tobacco smoking. Other experts, however, believe that e-cigarettes may work against efforts to reduce smoking. Now, the World Health Organization (WHO) is weighing in.