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Former Health Officials Urge Tobacco Companies to Stop Selling Menthol Cigarettes

A group of former top health officials is urging tobacco companies to stop marketing and selling menthol cigarettes. The group includes all of the former U.S. Secretaries of Health, Surgeons General, and Directors of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Survey of Women Treated for Addiction Finds Many Used Prescription Drugs, Heroin

A new survey of affluent women treated for alcohol and drug addiction finds prescription medication and heroin are their leading drugs of choice.

U.S. Attorney General and Republicans Join in Opposition to Stiff Drug Sentencing Laws

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is joining with libertarian Republicans, including Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, in opposing mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders.

JT Weekly- Other Headlines of Interest

Top headlines of the week from Friday, February 28- Thursday, March 6, 2014.

Commentary: Rx Summit Focuses on National Collaboration

We have witnessed substance abuse problems spread from community to community, seemingly unabated. The National Rx Drug Abuse Summit is helping to meet challenges head-on through an unprecedented collaboration, says Dan Smoot of Operation Unite.

New Products Similar to E-Cigarettes are Attracting Teens

A growing number of teens are starting to use devices that are similar to e-cigarettes, with names such as “hookah pens,” “e-hookahs” or “vape pens.” The devices are being marketed to avoid the stigma associated with smoking any kind of cigarette, The New York Times reports.

Law Enforcement Concerned About Potentially Addictive Drug Kratom

Law enforcement officials are concerned about a potentially addictive drug called kratom, which is sold as a tea in head shops, according to USA Today.

Improved Health Care for Jail Population Could Reduce Reincarceration: Study

A new study concludes the Affordable Care Act could give an estimated 4 million people who have spent time in U.S. jails better access to health care, including coverage for treating substance abuse and mental illness.

New Jersey TV Stations Air First Medical Marijuana Ad

Some TV stations in New Jersey aired the first medical marijuana ad this week.

Many People Who Often Abuse Painkillers Get Them from Doctors, Dealers

People who frequently abuse opioid painkillers are more likely to get the drugs from a doctor’s prescription or a dealer, rather than for free from family or friends, a new study finds.

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