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New York Governor Will Make Medical Marijuana Available to Some Patients

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday he will allow some patients with serious illnesses to have access to medical marijuana. …

Two-Drug Combination May be More Effective in Helping Smokers Quit

Smokers who try to quit using the drugs varenicline (Chantix) and bupropion (Wellbutrin) together are more successful in the short term than those who use Chantix alone, a new study finds. …

Vermont Governor Says State Suffers from “Full-Blown Heroin Crisis”

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin on Wednesday said the state is suffering from a “full-blown heroin crisis,” The New York Times reports. In his State of the State Message, Governor Shumlin said he wants officials to respond to addiction as a chronic disease. …

Ohio Governor Urges Parents to Talk to Children About Dangers of Drug Abuse

Ohio is launching a new initiative to encourage parents to speak with their children about the dangers of drug abuse. The increased use of prescription painkillers and heroin has led to a surge in drug overdoses in the state, the Associated Press reports. …

Only One in Six Adults Say Their Doctor Has Discussed Alcohol Use

Only one in six American adults say their doctor or other health professional has ever asked them about their alcohol use, according to a new survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. …

8 Million Americans Have Been Saved From Smoking-Related Deaths in 50 Years: Study

Eight million Americans have been saved from dying prematurely of smoking-related causes in the 50 years since the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health was issued 50 years ago, according to a new report. …

Drinking, Drug Use and Smoking Rates Higher in Those With Severe Mental Illness

People with severe mental illness have significantly higher rates of drinking, drug use and smoking, compared with the general population, a new study finds. …

Experts Debate Usefulness of Marijuana in Treating PTSD

Brain scientists are debating whether marijuana could be a useful treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, NPR reports. …

Colorado Addiction Treatment Centers Brace for More Teens Referred for Marijuana Use

Addiction treatment centers in Colorado are bracing for an increase in teens referred for marijuana use, ABC News reports. The state began legal sales of recreational marijuana for adults last week. …