Drug Abuse

Drug Abuse Numbers In California Prisons Dwarf States Like TexasTexas prisons, on average, see one drug-related death per year. California, on the other hand, has seen 150 inmates die of overdoses since 2006 -- with a high of 24 in 2013. Corrections Secretary Jeffrey Beard told lawmakers that drugs are "rampant in [California] prisons".
Survey: 9 In 10 Texans Want Pot DecriminalizedA pro-marijuana legalization group named Progress Texas has put up a billboard in support of its cause. Some people may call it a "sign of the times," after the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado two years ago.
FDA Wants Limits On Most Prescribed PainkillerThe Food and Drug Administration is recommending new restrictions on prescription medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S.
Texas Lawmaker Leads Call For Rx Abuse CrackdownSome lawmakers want to know why the federal government hasn't done more to prosecute clinics illegally dispensing prescriptions for pain medication. Leading the charge is North Texas Congressman Michael Burgess, a licensed physician.
Study Says 1 In 5 Pregnant White Women SmokeDespite the risks, about one in five white women still smoke cigarettes while pregnant, according to a new study that looked at substance abuse during pregnancy among races.
Why Are Bad Habits Hard To Break?What's your poison, your addiction? Whatever it is you're hooked on, from coffee to cocaine, smoking pot to pigging out, Nora Volkow has your number.
Safely Dispose Of Your Prescription DrugsSaturday offers a chance for North Texans to safely dispose of unused prescription drugs, and help prevent the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
Probe: Drug Abusers Exploiting Medicare BenefitDrug abusers are exploiting Medicare prescription's benefit to score large quantities of painkillers, and taxpayers have to foot most of the bill, according to a new report by congressional investigators.
North Texas Students Rewarded For Prom PromisesOne North Texas organization wants to make sure that local teens stay "buzz free" on a special night.