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Scientists are beginning to learn how vaping impacts teens — and the results are troubling

Several studies, including a new analysis published this week, suggest that teens who try e-cigs are more likely to start smoking conventional cigarettes.

A mysterious ‘supplement’ with a viral following has been linked to salmonella — and the outbreak is still spreading

The CDC reported that the opioid kratom has been tied to 87 cases of salmonella, a bacterial infection from contaminated food or water.

This is what your smartphone is doing to your brain — and it isn’t good

Smartphones and social media are changing the way our brains work. Scientists are zeroing in on what's happening, and the problems may go well beyond addiction.

The 5 most addictive substances on the planet, ranked

To compare addictive drugs, scientists averaged 3 factors: physical harm, dependency or addiction, and social harm. Here are the top in the dependency category.

A deadly drug epidemic sweeping the US has caused ER visits for overdoses to jump 30%

Every year, thousands of patients receive a prescription for drugs ranging from morphine to fentanyl — and every year thousands of people die from an overdose.

Parents in the US are worried about their children’s use of smartphones

In a recent study by Common Sense Media, nearly half of the adults surveyed said that their children exhibited addictive behavior in their use of a smartphone.

We took a scientific look at whether weed or alcohol is worse for you — and there appears to be a winner

When contrasting weed and alcohol, there are lots of factors to consider, including effects on your heart, brain, and behavior. One seems to be worse for you.

A mysterious supplement with a viral following has been officially declared an opioid by the FDA

"As the scientific data [has] clearly revealed, compounds in kratom make it so it isn’t just a plant — it’s an opioid," FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said.
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Fentanyl, the powerful drug implicated in Tom Petty’s death, is getting to the US from China via the postal service — here’s how

A new Senate investigation into the fentanyl trade reveals the drug is making its way to the US from China through the US Postal Service.

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff: Facebook should be regulated like the cigarette industry

Benioff is the latest tech leader to speak out against social media addiction.