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Drinks Often Contain More Alcohol Than People Realize: Report

The alcohol content of beer and wine varies widely, meaning people often end up consuming more alcohol than they realize, according to a new report.

Crystal Meth Use Increases Risk of Injecting Drugs

A new study finds a link between crystal meth use and an increased risk of injecting drugs. The Canadian study included 395 young people living on the street in Vancouver.

Club Drug Variant May be Effective as Antidepressant, Study Suggests

A variant of the club drug ketamine could be reformulated for use as an antidepressant, a new study suggests. The three-week study found depressed people who took the drug reported improvement.

Study Finds No Increased Risk of Suicide From Smoking Cessation Drugs

The smoking cessation drugs Chantix (varenicline) and Zyban (bupropion) do not increase the risk of suicide or depression, compared with nicotine replacement therapy, a new study concludes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued safety warnings about using these drugs to help people quit smoking.

Commentary: Why Do Smokers Still Smoke?

This October marks the centennial anniversary of America’s “public health enemy number one”: cigarettes. As smoking has evolved from a fashionable accessory to what we now understand as deadly addiction, at least 43 million Americans still smoke, despite its negative health, social and economic impact. So why do smokers still smoke asks Legacy President and CEO Cheryl Healton?

Police in Florida City Make Millions in Cocaine Sting Operations

Law enforcement officers in a city outside of Fort Lauderdale, Florida have been conducting “reverse sting” operations to lure potential cocaine buyers, and funneling the proceeds into the police department budget, ABC News reports.

Ritalin Successfully Treats ADHD in People with Substance Dependence: Study

A new study finds Ritalin can successfully treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in people with substance dependence. People with both conditions often do not respond well to ADHD medication, according to MedicalXpress.

Marine Corps Exchange Stores Impose New Limits on Alcohol Sales

Marine Corps Exchange stores around the world will impose new limits on alcohol sales in an effort to limit irresponsible drinking, Stars and Stripes reports.

Cigarettes Linked to Cause of Death in More Than 60% of Smokers

A new study finds cigarettes are linked to the cause of death in more than 60 percent of smokers. Smoking shortens the life of an average smoker by 10 years, Australian researchers found.

Sports Supplement “Craze” Contains Meth-Like Chemical: Study

The sports supplement “Craze,” popular in the United States and other countries, contains a meth-like chemical, USA Today reports.

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