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Most Medical Groups Agree on Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, Study Finds

A review of medical groups’ guidelines on prescribing opioids for chronic pain finds most of the organizations are in are agreement, Reuters reports.

Growing Number of Teens Smoking E-Cigarettes, Hookahs and Cigars

An increasing number of students in middle school and high school are smoking e-cigarettes, hookahs and cigars, a new government report concludes.

“Nasal Ranger” Helps Smell Investigator Sniff Out Marijuana in Denver

A licensed smell investigator in Denver is using a device called a “Nasal Ranger” to sniff out marijuana. Ben Siller is using the device to help enforce an ordinance designed to protect the purity of the city’s air.

Deaths From Drug Poisoning Rose by More Than 300% in Last 30 Years

Deaths due to drug poisoning have tripled in the last three decades, a new study concludes. The study included poisonings from both illegal and prescription drugs, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Pain Relief is Goal in Most Cases of Teen Opioid Misuse: Study

Most teens who misuse prescription opioids are seeking pain relief, a new study concludes. University of Michigan researchers found four out of five teens who misused opioids said they did so to relieve pain.

64% Oppose Firing Someone for Off-Hours Marijuana Use in States Where it’s Legal

A new poll finds 64 percent of Americans say it is unacceptable for a company to fire employees for using marijuana during their free time in states where the drug has been legalized.

Mexican Drug Cartel Behind Rise in Heroin Use in Midwest

The Sinaloa drug cartel of Mexico has fostered the re-emergence of heroin use in the Midwest, Bloomberg reports. The cartel has gained control of narcotics sales in the region.

No Easy Answer to Opioid Addiction Epidemic: Experts

There are no easy answers to solving the opioid addiction epidemic, according to experts at the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence annual meeting this week. Thomas McLellan, CEO of the Treatment Research Institute, told NBC Philadelphia a multi-faceted approach is needed.

Supreme Court to Hear Cases on Heroin Overdose, Shooting During Drug Deal

The United States Supreme Court will hear cases involving a heroin overdose and a shooting that took place during a drug deal, Reuters reports.

Smokers Trying to Quit May Be Helped by Noninvasive Magnetic Brain Stimulation

Smokers trying to quit may be helped by a noninvasive technique that involves magnetic brain stimulation, according to Israeli researchers.

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