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Addiction to painkillers such as opiates has become a crisis in the West—but mindfulness meditation is a safer alternative that’s just as effective, say researchers who have tested the technique against a powerful painkiller.
Around three-quarters of heroin addicts start out by taking prescription drugs such as painkillers. Overdosing on the drugs is now the leading cause of injury death in the US, a shocking new report reveals.
Painkiller addiction has usually been blamed on recreational use, often among teenagers
A drug company has been fined $3bn after it bribed doctors into prescribing powerful antidepressants to children
In the past few weeks, doctors have come up with three different pieces of advice about drinking alcohol, and each contradicts the other
Negligent over-prescribing of drugs by doctors is the source of 'Pharmageddon', an epidemic of abuse that is sweeping the US and other countries
Ritalin - given to around 5 million young Americans diagnosed with ADHD (attention-deficit, hyperactive disorder) - may affect the developing brain