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December 7, 2012
Men and women benefit in different ways from Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), a new study suggests. Men benefit more from avoiding companions who encourage drinking and social situations in which drinking is common, according...
December 7, 2012
Drug companies have joined together to oppose a local California law requiring them to run and fund a program that allows consumers to dispose of unused prescription medications, The New York Times reports. Brand name...
December 7, 2012
Federal officials are weighing their options for legal action against Washington and Colorado’s new marijuana laws. Such action could undermine the laws, which legalize the recreational use of the drug. Officials in the...
November 30, 2012
Across Colorado and Washington state, communities are taking varying approaches to newly approved laws that legalize small amounts of recreational use of marijuana for adults. Police departments in many communities in...
November 30, 2012
Legislators in Washington, D.C., are proposing a ban on synthetic drugs, The Washington Times reports. More than 40 states have banned synthetic marijuana and/or bath salts, according to the National Conference of State...
November 30, 2012
As Kentucky begins to see results from its crackdown on prescription drug abuse, officials report a rise in heroin use. Earlier this year, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear signed into law a bill aimed at curbing...
November 28, 2012
Michael Botticelli has been sworn in as Deputy Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), according to UPI. Botticelli, who is in long-term recovery from addiction, is a former director of the...
November 26, 2012
A law signed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie bans health care facilities from improperly disposing of prescription medications, by discharging them into public sewer or septic systems. Before the law goes into...
November 26, 2012
Vermont officials report an increase in heroin use, as OxyContin abuse decreases, according to the Associated Press. The state Health Department notes nine people died of heroin overdoses in 2011, and six have died so...
November 26, 2012
A plan that would require applicants for welfare and unemployment benefits in Texas to be tested for drugs would hurt children, critics argue. The plan is backed by Governor Rick Perry. Under the proposed plan, only...

 

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