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Animal Poison Control Center Reports Increase in Marijuana Poisonings in Pets

The Animal Poison Control Center reports an increase in the number of calls about marijuana poisonings in pets, according to NBC News.

State Inaction, Tobacco Industry Tactics Slowing Tobacco Control Efforts: Report

State inaction, coupled with a tobacco industry determined to maintain its market share, are slowing efforts to reduce the number of smokers in the United States, according to a new report from the American Lung Association.

JT Weekly- Other Headlines of Interest

Top headlines of the week from Friday, January 17- Thursday, January 23, 2014.

Commentary: Combating Substance Use Disorders in the Armed Forces

The Institute of Medicine conducted a comprehensive analysis of the substance use disorder problems by reviewing Department of Defense policies and practices and by hearing from both the military commanders and the troops themselves at bases throughout the USA. It found that identifying the problems was relatively easy. Solving them is not.

Even Low Blood Alcohol Levels Can Increase Risk of Car Crashes: Study

Drivers with blood alcohol levels well under the legal limit are more likely to be at fault for accidents, compared with the non-drinking drivers they hit, according to a new study.

Marijuana Legalization Movement Gains Momentum

As the first legal marijuana stores open in Colorado, and Washington state gets ready to issue licenses for producing, processing and selling marijuana, momentum is building in other states to legalize the drug, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Black Media Groups Argue They Should Run Tobacco Company Corrective Ads

Two organizations representing black media outlets say tobacco company ads about the dangers of smoking, ordered by a federal judge, should run in their newspapers, and on their TV stations and websites.

Denver County Jail Substance Abuse Treatment Program Uses Peer Recovery Model

The Denver County Jail uses a peer recovery model to help inmates take a more active role in their substance abuse treatment, The Denver Post reports.

President Obama Says Marijuana is Not More Dangerous Than Alcohol

President Obama told The New Yorker magazine he does not think marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol. He added smoking marijuana is “not something I encourage.”

Surgeon General Report Links Smoking to More Diseases Including Diabetes, Arthritis

A new report by the U.S. Surgeon General warns smoking is a causal factor in 10 diseases and conditions that were not previously definitively linked to cigarettes, including diabetes, arthritis, colorectal cancer and erectile dysfunction.

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