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The director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has outlined a planning process to reorganize the federal government’s substance abuse research agencies — including the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) — into a single entity.

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The Michigan Liquor Control Commission (LCC) has banned the sale of alcoholic energy drinks, becoming the second state in the nation to do so.

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What the heck is ’drunkorexia?’ That’s when you cut down on food calories and replace them with alcohol, a practice that some college students are engaging in.

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) seeks public feedback by Oct. 22 on its plan to focus on eight strategic initiatives.


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You have to admire the guts of the Australian government, which has passed legislation requiring that cigarettes be sold in uniform brown wrappers beginning in 2012. Colorful branding and design elements will be eliminated in favor of graphic health warnings; cigarette brand names will appear in black type.

But according to Jim Gogek on his blog, tobacco companies are fighting the Australian government?s plan — and they are spending millions of dollars on a public relations campaign to help them do it.

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personal medical record The North Carolina Sheriff’s Association wants access to information contained in a State prescription database about any person in the state who has a prescription for a narcotic pain medicine. The Association claims if they have this information it will be easier for them to make drug arrests. This is an outrageous and dangerous threat to good medical care and addiction treatment.

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We’ve resumed publishing after a two-week hiatus to migrate our web and email publishing systems. If you have a Join Together email subscription, here’s a couple of things you need to know.

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If actress/starlet/addict Lindsay Lohan accomplishes nothing else in this life — and this seems increasingly probable — we’ll at least be able to say that she has sparked a conversation about the relative merits of drug treatment versus incarceration.

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Smoking causes dangerous changes in literally hundreds of genes in the body, including those related to tumor growth, inflammatory disease and immune-system suppression, according to

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You can lead colleges to evidence-based programs, but you can’t make them adopt measures that stop kids from drinking … Virginia’s governor wants the state out of the alcohol retail business … Four big farms could legally supply Oakland’s medical-marijuana users, the city says … Despite declining smoking rates and ongoing litigation, the tobacco industry continues to pull in big profits

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