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E-Cigarette Injury Reports on the Rise

The number of injury complaints associated with the use of e-cigarettes has risen in the past year, Reuters reports. E-cigarette users have filed complaints with the Food and Drug Administration about injuries including burns, nicotine toxicity, heart problems and breathing difficulties. …

Introverts With Few Positive Feelings at Higher Risk of Drug Abuse: Study

Introverts who tend to have fewer positive feelings, or to not be attracted to rewards in life, are more likely to abuse drugs than more extroverted people with positive emotions, a new study suggests. …

Commission Asks For Shorter Drug Trafficking Sentences

The U.S. Sentencing Commission, which advises federal judges, is recommending shorter prison sentences for most federal drug trafficking offenders, according to Reuters. …

JT Weekly- Other Headlines of Interest

Top headlines of the week from Friday, April 11- Thursday, April 17, 2014. …

Google Isn’t Doing Enough to Stop Illegal Drug Sales Online, Some Attorneys General Say

Google is not doing enough to stop online sales of illegal drugs and fake prescription medicines, according to a group of state attorneys general. The company says it disabled 4.6 million pharmaceutical or health supplement ads last year. …

Occasional Marijuana Use May Change Structure of Young People’s Brains: Study

Occasional marijuana use may change the brain structure in young adults, a new study suggests. Marijuana may cause changes related to motivation, emotion and reward. …

Private Equity Firm Hopes for Profits From Substance Treatment Facilities

The private equity firm Bain Capital recently took over the largest chain of substance treatment facilities in Massachusetts, The Boston Globe reports. Bain, which usually makes investments in brand-name companies such as Dunkin’ Donuts, sees treating addiction as big business. …

Massachusetts Cannot Ban Zohydro, Federal Judge Says

Massachusetts cannot ban the new pure hydrocodone drug Zohydro ER (extended release), a federal judge said Monday. The company that makes the drug, Zogenix, argued in a lawsuit that the ban is unconstitutional, according to The Wall Street Journal. …

Almost One-Fourth of Pregnant Women on Medicaid Filled Opioid Prescriptions: Study

Almost one-quarter of pregnant women enrolled in Medicaid in 2007 filled a prescription for opioids, a new study finds. The risks of opioids to a developing fetus are largely unknown, The New York Times reports. …