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Ohio Legislator Proposes Requiring Hospitals to Report Opioid-Dependent Newborns

A bill proposed by an Ohio legislator would require hospitals to report the number of opioid-dependent babies born each year, according to The Columbus Dispatch. …

China Seizes Tons of Raw Materials Used in Fake Pharmaceuticals

The Chinese government announced a major crackdown on makers of fake drugs, Businessweek reports. More than nine tons of raw materials used in counterfeit pharmaceuticals were seized, including some psychedelic or poisonous ingredients. …

Fewer Teens See Great Risk From Being Regular Marijuana Users: Survey

The percentage of teens who think there is a great risk from being a regular marijuana user has dropped, according to a new survey. The Monitoring the Future survey found 39.5 percent of 12th graders think regular marijuana use is harmful, down from 44.1 percent last year. …

One in Five Drivers Say They Have Driven at or Over Legal Alcohol Limit: Survey

A survey by the American Automobile Association finds one-fifth of licensed drivers who drink at least occasionally say they have driven when they thought their alcohol level may have been close to, or over, the legal limit in the past year. …

Medical Group Warns of Danger of Performance-Enhancing Drugs

The Endocrine Society is warning about the health consequences of taking performance-enhancing drugs. The vast majority of people who use these drugs are non-athlete weightlifters, according to the group. …

Synthetic Marijuana Added to Defense Department Drug Testing

The U.S. Defense Department will start randomly testing service members for synthetic marijuana, the Air Force News Service reports. …

Attorneys General Urge FDA to Require Abuse-Deterrent Versions of Painkillers

Attorneys General from 42 U.S. states and territories are urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to require drug companies to ensure generic prescription opioids have abuse-deterrent features. …

Study Linking Nicotine and Heart Disease Suggests E-Cigarettes Not Safe for Heart

A study that shows nicotine contributes to smokers’ higher risk of developing heart disease suggests the nicotine in e-cigarettes is not necessarily safe for the heart, CNN reports. …

Study Finds Five Parenting Programs Can Help Reduce Teen Behavior Problems

A study that evaluated a wide variety of parenting programs found five that help parents and children avoid teen behavior problems. …