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Quitting Smoking Can Improve Mental Health, Study Finds

A new study from Washington University concludes that people can improve their mental health when they quit smoking.

JT Weekly- Other Headlines of Interest

Top headlines of the week from Friday, February 14- Thursday, February 20, 2014.

Kentucky Prescription Drug Abuse Law Has Unintended Consequences: Expert

Kentucky’s law designed to reduce prescription drug abuse has raised awareness about the problem, but has had some unintended consequences, according to an addiction medicine specialist in the state.

Families Migrate West for Medical Marijuana

Colorado’s liberal marijuana laws and its market for a strain of marijuana called “Charlotte’s Web” has made it a destination for families whose children suffer with severe epilepsy.

Public Health Leaders Strive for Cigarette-Free America

Health officials, led by acting U.S. Surgeon General Boris Lushniak, are confidently looking toward a “tobacco-free generation.”

New Hampshire Sees Alarming Rise in Drug-Addicted Infants

As heroin and prescription drug abuse rises in New Hampshire, doctors are seeing more babies born addicted to opioids, a condition known as Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, reports the New Hampshire Union Leader.

Roadblocks Slow Rx Drug Drop Box Plans in Wisconsin

Members of The La Crosse County Heroin Task Force in Wisconsin have run into roadblocks while developing a plan to dispose of prescription medicines in drop boxes, reports the Associated Press.

FDA Targets Teens with the “Real Cost” of Tobacco Use

One of the most compelling ways to prevent youth tobacco use may be through their teeth.

Fight Over Health Risk Warnings for Generic Drugs

Generic drug makers are fighting proposed FDA regulation that would require them to warn patients of each drug’s health risks.

Heroin Addicts Seeking Treatment Face Insurance Roadblocks

As heroin use escalates across the U.S., addicts and their loved ones who are seeking treatment face a lack of services and strict constraints placed by insurance companies, according to health care and addiction professionals.

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