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New Study Claims Social Media Spreads Misinformation About Marijuana

By John Lavitt

An examination of social media outlets revealed how pro-weed sentiments spread and negative opinions were barely shared. MORE  

Family of Latest "Spice" Death Speaks Out

By Amelia Edelman

Despite growing concern about the dangers of death and addiction, synthetic marijuana continues to remain legal and widely available to teens. MORE  

Inside the Addiction Drug Pipeline

By Raphael Rosen

Over the next decade, new treatments are likely to include "cocktails" of two or three old drugs and possibly a treatment vaccine. Why is the drug pipeline for this major public health problem stuck at a trickle?  MORE  

Why We Rewrote the Book on Addiction

By Charles O'Brien

The man who led the dramatic revision of the addiction diagnosis—weathering unprecedented criticism in the process—writes that the DSM-5 is a necessary new start. MORE  

Addiction's Shrinking Gender Gap

By Kelly Bourdet

All over the world, women have always had lower rates of addiction than men. But when women gain more rights as nations grow richer, they begin to catch up; in one drug type, they're already ahead. MORE  

Is Dr. Drew Too Risky for Prime Time?

By Maia Szalavitz

Drew Pinsky practices old-school, tough-love 12-step recovery. After Mindy McCready's suicide—the fifth fatality among Celebrity Rehab alumni—our columnist asks if he should either get with 21st century treatment or get off the air. MORE  

What's So Bad About the New Definition of Addiction?

By Dr. Richard Juman

The revision of the DSM—the shrinks' bible—has angered addiction specialists and advocates as never before. All because of only three changes… MORE  

The Latest Science on Addiction and Treatment

By Walter Armstrong

Ever wonder why alcoholism seems to run in families? A sibling-brain study just discovered why. MORE  

Stumbling Toward the Future with NIDA

By Dirk Hanson

Merging two huge federal drug and alcohol agencies? No problem. MORE  

America's Exploding Oxy Epidemic

By Maia Szalavitz

America is certainly afflicted with a huge opiate problem, but you won't get the real story in the media. As the White House prepares to launch a billion-dollar anti-Oxy war, here are some rarely reported but crucial facts about who gets addicted—and why. MORE  

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