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February 16, 2012
A new report shows 7.5 million children under age 18 (10.5 percent of this population) lived with a parent who has experienced an alcohol use disorder in the past year. According to the report by the Substance Abuse and...
February 11, 2012
On a recent evening, some 50 people turned up for their weekly reckoning at Judge Joel Bennett’s drug court in Austin, Texas. Those who had had a good week—gone to their Narcotics Anonymous meetings and stayed out of...
February 10, 2012
A Seattle-based health care system that implemented a program last year to prevent opioid misuse and overdose in patients with chronic noncancer pain is beginning to see positive results.Claire E. Trescott, MD, Primary...
February 10, 2012
Two men who purchased what they thought was a recreational drug were poisoned by the product, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports. It is not known whether the company selling the product...
February 10, 2012
An American Indian tribe in South Dakota is demanding $500 million in damages, in a suit against beer manufacturers that alleges the companies knowingly contributed to alcohol-related problems on the Pine Ridge Indian...
February 9, 2012
The Baseball Hall of Fame has announced a new program to educate teens and young adults about the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs. The program, called Be a Superior Example, or BASE, will begin with online...
February 9, 2012
Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States," says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The increase has been "driven by increased use of a class of prescription drugs...
January 27, 2012
Gang-related deaths typically aren't the product of fights over drugs -- as many assume -- but rather result from grudges between rival gangs that erupt into violence.
January 27, 2012
Backers of a ballot proposal in Colorado to legalize possession of small amounts of marijuana are urging voters to “regulate marijuana like alcohol,” The New York Times reports.The proposal is likely to be on the...
January 27, 2012
An Internet piracy bill that has stalled in Congress could help authorities shut down illegal online pharmacies, according to ABC News.Work on the bill, known as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House and the...

 

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