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Recovery Month 2010 may be drawing to a close, but there are great resources for celebrating and promoting recovery from substance abuse all year round.

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National Institutes of Health An expert working group recommended on Sept. 15 to replace the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) with a new Institute on Addictions within the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is testing out a pair of wine vending machines located inside supermarkets, the Associated Press reported July 8. Making a

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A tea that can ferment in the bottle could face regulation as an alcoholic beverage … Peru may be out of the World Cup, but the Andean nation is tops in another category: it now produces more coca than any other country on Earth … The cannabis-based drug Sativex has been approved for use in the U.K. to treat MS symptoms … Cigarette butts are the biggest source of trash on Texas roadways, with an estimated 400 million tossed by drivers annually …

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The U.S. Treasury Department says that the kombucha variety of tea — which can ferment in the bottle — may be classified as an alcoholic

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Parents who are tough but compassionate towards their kids are best at preventing underage drinking … Republican lawmakers are trying to block D.C.’s medical-marijuana law (again) … Vermont candidates for governor debate decriminalization … Mothers-to-be should be tested for tobacco use and exposure, U.K. health officials recommend …

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Seven candidates for governor in Vermont clashed over a proposal to decriminalize drugs at a recent forum sponsored by Friends of Recovery Vermont, the Rutland

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Pain doctors have long clashed with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) over opiate-based pain medications, and now Angela Gardner, the head of the American College of Emergency Physicians is warning against making doctors “pain police.”

Gardner objected to proposals that would require physicans — including ER docs — to search a database for patients’ drug-use history before prescribing drugs. Requiring that prescription information be recorded to the database also could discourage some patients from getting proper care, Gardner said.

“As an emergency physician, I can assure you that the drug abusers who use the emergency room simply to get a prescription-drug fix represent a micropopulation of the 120-million patients who seek emergency care every year in the USA” …

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People who are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke had much higher levels of mental-health problems than those who are not exposed, according to a new

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Reclaiming Futures project is beginning to transition from the relatively secure world of foundation funding to the more arduous task of seeking multiple sources of support, but will have to find its way without the stewardship of longtime national program director Laura Nissen.

Nissen announced on June 7 that she plans to step down in May 2011 once a successor is in place, citing a desire to “concentrate on teaching and research in my role as a faculty member at the School of Social Work at Portland State University.”

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