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75 Percent of Americans See Marijuana Legalization as Inevitable, Survey Finds

A new survey finds 75 percent of Americans think it is inevitable that recreational marijuana will become legal across the country, ABC News reports. The survey also found a growing number of Americans support ending mandatory minimum prison sentences for non-violent drug offenders. …

Study Finds Increase in Number of Headache Patients Given Narcotics in the ER

Contrary to the advice of many medical groups, more emergency departments are giving headache patients prescriptions for powerful narcotic painkillers, according to a new study. …

Bill to Overhaul Mental Health Care Spurs Debate

A bill designed to overhaul the mental health care system in the United States has spurred debate among advocates for the mentally ill, The New York Times reports. Some groups oppose the measure because it includes provisions for expanded use of involuntary outpatient treatment. …

Frequency of Energy Drink Use Linked with Risk of Abusing Prescription Drugs

College students who consume energy drinks are more likely than their peers who don’t use them to abuse prescription drugs, a new study concludes. The more energy drinks a student consumes, the greater their risk. …

JT Weekly- Other Headlines of Interest

Top headlines of the week from Friday, March 28- Thursday, April 3, 2014. …

Parents Influence Teens’ Drinking Decisions: Survey

Parents do have an influence on teens’ decisions about drinking, according to a new survey by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Teens are much less likely to drink if their parents tell them underage drinking is completely unacceptable, the survey found. …

New Test Developed to Detect Date-Rape Drug, GHB, in Drinks

Researchers in Singapore announced they have developed a new test that can detect the date-rape drug GHB in drinks, according to HealthDay. …

Drug Used to Prevent Spasms May Help Prevent Cocaine Relapse

The drug baclofen, used to prevent spasms in patients with spinal cord injuries and neurological disorders, may be able to help prevent relapses in people treated for cocaine addiction, a new study suggests. …

The Way a Person Smokes Marijuana May Predict Future Dependence on the Drug

The way a person smokes marijuana is more important than how potent the drug is, or how much of the active ingredient THC it contains, in predicting whether the person will become dependent on the drug, a new study suggests. …