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About one in 10 people admitted to addiction treatment programs in 2008 misused prescription drugs, quadruple the rate reported in 1998, ABC News reported July

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Controversy over alcohol content has led retailers to pull kombucha tea from store shelves … A new generation of cigarette vending machine may be coming to some New York City bars … Violent drinkers can benefit from a combination of therapy and antidepressants, a study finds … A new animal study offers insights into possible gene therapy for cocaine

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A small research study suggests that violent men with drinking problems can be treated successfully with a combination of addiction counseling, behavioral therapy, and antidepressants,

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High-school students who face mandatory drug testing may be less likely to use drugs in the short term, but the protective effect doesn’t last, according

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A study on the expected impact of marijuana legalization in California predicts that the price of the drug would drop steeply, the Sacramento Bee reported

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Progress in the war on teen smoking has slowed to a crawl, and the government will miss a key target for smoking cessation, a CDC report says … The head of California’s NAACP chapter is under fire for supporting a marijuana legalization ballot initiative … San Francisco has drawn up the first regulations on marijuana-infused foods … Alcoholic energy drinks are being marketed to kids, Sen. Charles Schumer says …

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Illinois residents under age 21 who are caught drinking alcohol can lose their driver’s licenses even if they weren’t drinking and driving, the Illinois Supreme

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The U.K.’s primary medical regulatory body has approved a cannabis-derived spray for treatment of spasticity in multiple-sclerosis patients, Reuters reported June 18.  The drug, Sativex,

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The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population has higher rates of addiction than the general population in the U.S., but only a fraction of

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Tax revenue from medical marijuana sales is increasing exponentially in Colorado Springs, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported June 21.  Average monthly tax revenue from medical

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