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Live by the sword, die by the sword: Afghanistan, long the world’s leading exporter of opium poppy, is facing a growing domestic heroin addiction problem … The U.S. Navy has torpedoed smoking on submarines … A drink claiming to speed up alcohol metabolism is bogus, critics say … The tobacco tax in New York City may soon rise to $5.85 per pack

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A new drink debuting in France claims to reduce drunkenness and lessen hangovers but has health experts wary, Fox News reported June 16.  The drink,

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A former commissioner of the FDA urged the agency to use its new tobacco-regulation powers to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes to a sub-addicting level,

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A California physician is offering his medical-marijuana patients a liquefied version of the drug that he says won’t produce much of a buzz but does

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Binge and underage drinking are societal problems that college officials can’t be expected to solve, according to a speaker at the annual meeting of the

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They don?t spend much time in smoky bars, but kids are among the beneficiaries of laws banning indoor smoking … A Washington watchdog group says two FDA tobacco advisory panel members who work for drug companies should step down … A state court has revived a lawsuit against a San Francisco ordinance banning pharmacies from selling tobacco products … Walgreens — which filed the S.F. suit — also has resumed selling alcohol in its stores after a self-imposed 15-year ban …

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Heroin addicts who can’t quit using and don’t respond to methadone treatment can be helped by maintenance doses of heroin, according to a study conducted

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Hazelden has unveiled a new online screening tool for consumers called About My Drinking. Visitors to the website who answer 18 questions can get a personalized assessment of their current alcohol and other drug use and — if necessary — a referral to a Hazelden addiction counselor …

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A combination of poor growing conditions and government and military interdiction contributed to decreased opium production in Afghanistan this year, the New York Times reported

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Join Together’s new blog provides expanded daily coverage of important news and resources for people working on alcohol, tobacco and other drug issues. And we’ve made it easy to keep up to date.

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