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Researchers Make Progress in Finding Medicines to Treat Addiction

Researchers are making progress in the search for medicines to treat addiction, according to The Wall Street Journal. They are learning more about how heavy drug and alcohol use affects the brain.- …

Medicaid Patients in South, Midwest Less Likely to Find Outpatient Addiction Treatment

Medicaid patients in southern and Midwestern states are less likely than those in other parts of the country to have access to outpatient addiction treatment, according to a new study. …

Eight Federal Inmates Convicted of Crack Cocaine Offenses Have Sentences Commuted

President Obama on Thursday commuted the sentences of eight federal inmates who had been convicted of crack cocaine offenses, The New York Times reports. Six of the inmates were sentenced to life in prison. …

Alcohol-Related Car Crashes More Likely on New Year’s Eve Than Christmas

Fatal car crashes are more likely to be caused by alcohol on New Year’s Eve, compared with Christmas, according to the National Safety Council. …

Kentucky Bill Aims to Strengthen Heroin Treatment, Penalties

Kentucky lawmakers will soon consider a bill that would make the opioid overdose antidote drug naloxone more available, while stiffening penalties for high-level drug dealers. The bill also would expand anti-drug education, the Courier-Journal reports. …

New York City Council Votes to Include E-Cigarettes in Public Smoking Ban

The New York City Council on Thursday voted to include e-cigarettes in the city’s public smoking ban, NPR reports. …

New York, Los Angeles and Chicago Consider Banning E-Cigarettes in Public Places

New York, Los Angeles and Chicago are considering adding e-cigarettes to their public smoking bans. Public health officials in those cities say the devices are harmful and can be a gateway to smoking regular cigarettes, The Wall Street Journal reports. …

Total Home Smoking Ban Can Help Smokers Quit

Totally banning smoking in the home can help smokers quit, a new study finds. Banning smoking in parts of the house is not as effective. …

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. …