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Cocaine Vaccine Shows Promise in Mice

An experimental vaccine tested on mice appears to nullify the effects of cocaine addiction by keeping it from affecting the central nervous system, CNN Health reported Jan. 5. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), about 1.1 million …

Maryland Lawmakers Consider Dime-a-Drink Alcohol Tax

Maryland may raise alcohol taxes for the first time since 1972 by a dime a drink, Delmarvanow.com reported Jan. 14. Maryland last raised its tax on beer and wine in 1972, and its tax on spirits 54 years ago, in …

Hazelden Launches Addiction Treatment Program Just for Lawyers

Hazelden, the Minnesota-based addiction treatment center, has created what may be the first in-patient program in the nation specifically designed for attorneys. …

FDA to Limit Acetaminophen in Prescription Drugs

To prevent overdoses, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued strict new limits on a common ingredient in prescription painkillers, The New York Times reported Jan. 14.  The FDA has ruled that prescription painkillers may contain only 325 milligrams of …

ER Visits Due to Prescription Drug Abuse Double in Five Years

Federal data shows that prescription drug abuse now sends twice as many people to the emergency room (ER) as it did five years ago — outstripping illegal drugs for the third year in a row, the White House Office of …

Opioid Pain Contracts Can Damage Patient Trust, Bioethics Panel Says

A group of physicians and experts on pain policy have published an article arguing that while opioid treatment contracts between patients and their physicians can be useful, they can be harmful for the patient-physician relationship unless presented in the right …

Obama Declares December National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

In declaring December National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, President Obama described drugged driving as a ’growing problem’ and specifically pointed to the danger of driving under the influence of prescription drugs as well as illicit drugs. …

Prescriptions for Some Cold Medicines Could Stop Meth

The easiest way to stop meth use would be to make a key ingredient available only by prescription, according to Rob Bovett, a district attorney from Oregon. …

Sweetened High-Alcohol Drinks Still Dangerous, Even Without Caffeine

Caffeine isn’t the only problem with sweetened high-alcohol drinks, writes David L. Rosenbloom, who directs Join Together, in a published editorial in The New York Times. …

Effective Screening: It’s How You Ask

The key to successful substance abuse screening may be changing the way healthcare providers approach patients about it. …