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January 7, 2012
  San Diego County's Alcohol Policy Panel hopes to take more action to prevent underage drinking. By Hoa Quách Underage drinking is costing Californians billions of dollars and adults “should be alarmed,” according...
January 6, 2012
A growing number of employers are not hiring smokers, USA Today reports. Hospitals are in the forefront of this trend, which aims to promote employees’ health and reduce insurance premiums. Employers who have recently...
January 4, 2012
Because of the high risk of underage drinking and driving this time of year, many parents open their homes to partying teens as a way to keep them off the roads. What some may not know is that liability laws can...
January 4, 2012
A prenatal intervention program, for stopping substance use in pregnancy, could save almost $2 billion annually if it were implemented nationwide, a new study suggests. The Kaiser Permanente Early Start program helps...
January 4, 2012
More Americans die from overdoses of prescription drugs than they do from heroin and cocaine combined, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (Source: Modern Medicine)
December 19, 2011
Efforts to halt the growing abuse of prescription drugs must include addressing the availability of these drugs on the Internet and increasing physician awareness of the dangers posed by Internet pharmacies, according...
December 16, 2011
The two biggest tobacco companies in the United States have agreed to pay $6.25 million to support the country’s largest online collection of tobacco industry documents.Philip Morris USA Inc. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco...
December 15, 2011
Teen drug and alcohol use in the US is at its lowest point in more than 3 decades, but this good news is counterbalanced by continued high rates of abuse of marijuana and prescription drugs. Medscape Medical News (...
December 15, 2011
Today, the National Institute on Drug Abuse released the 2011 Monitoring the Future survey, which included some troubling new information on the prevalence of synthetic drug use among high school seniors.  The...
December 15, 2011
A new report concludes the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) needs more information about the health effects of “modified risk” tobacco products such as e-cigarettes or tobacco lozenges, before it allows tobacco...

 

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