Drug Overdose Deaths Climb Dramatically in U.S.

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Drug overdose deaths continue to surge in the United States, with most fatalities linked to the illicit use of prescription painkillers, new government statistics reveal.

Life After Juvenile Detention Isn't Easy, Especially for Minorities

MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many people have difficulty getting their lives back on track after being released from juvenile detention, especially those from racial and ethnic minorities, a new study shows.

Nicotine in E-Cigs Can Trigger Lifelong Addiction in Kids: Docs

MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The earlier youngsters start using nicotine -- even in the form of e-cigarettes -- the harder it is for them to quit a habit that could last a lifetime.

Teens May Not Heed Health Warnings on Cigars

FRIDAY, Dec. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests that warnings on cigars may need to be improved to dissuade young people from smoking.

NYC 'Zombie' Outbreak Highlights Dangers of Synthetic Drug

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The drug misleadingly marketed as "fake pot" that triggered a "zombie" outbreak in a New York City neighborhood last summer was significantly more potent than real marijuana, investigators say.

Where You Live May Determine How You Die

TUESDAY, Dec. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People along the southern stretch of the Mississippi River are more likely to die from heart problems than anywhere else in the United States.

Drug Use by U.S. Teens Drops to All-Time Low

TUESDAY, Dec. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Drug use among U.S. teens is at an all-time low.

Rural Hospitals See Surge in Opioid-Dependent Babies

MONDAY, Dec. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Rural U.S. communities are seeing a surge in infants experiencing opioid withdrawal at birth because of widespread drug abuse by pregnant women, a new study finds.

Most Teen Smokers Also Turn to Alcohol, Drugs, Study Finds

MONDAY, Dec. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many U.S. teen smokers -- even those who only light up occasionally -- also use other drugs, a new study suggests.

Anti-Tobacco Efforts Lead to 53 Million Fewer Smokers Worldwide

MONDAY, Dec. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Tobacco-control programs helped 53 million people quit smoking in 88 countries between 2008 and 2014, a new study says.