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Cutting out the middleman: A new study says that heroin addicts who don’t respond to methadone can benefit from heroin maintenance … Highly pure heroin from Mexico is causing more overdoses in the U.S. … An energy drink called “Four Loko” has 12 percent alcohol … Some doctors won’t perform elective surgery on smokers, citing liability concerns and risk of complications.

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Keep an eye on those coolers this weekend: youth ER visits related to drinking spike over the Memorial Day holiday, SAMHSA reports … Treatment services continue to get gutted by California’s fiscal crisis: first prison-based programs, and now methadone maintenance funded by MediCal face the budget axe …

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One year out from a statewide public-smoking ban, hospital admissions for asthma, stroke, heart attacks, and angina fell sharply in Arizona, the Arizona Daily Star

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Saying that “guns and alcohol don’t mix,” Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen has vetoed a measure that would have allowed individuals with concealed-carry permits to bring

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One of Congress’ big backers of tough drug penalties is out of a job thanks to a classic Capitol Hill sex scandal … Doctors should be screening all kids for signs of alcohol use, according to the American Academy of Pediatricians …

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The threat of underage drinking and overconsumption of alcohol are among the reasons cited by backers of a bill in Congress that would ban direct

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Investment advisors are worried that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) review of menthol cigarettes could pose a serious risk to cigarette companies that

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A Canadian research center lost a major grant for a tobacco-control program in Africa after foundation officials learned that the group’s board chair had ties

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The Oscar-nominated film “Crazy Heart,” which features Jeff Bridges as an alcoholic country singer, was honored in the annual Prism Awards for its accurate portrayal

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Researchers at an Israeli clinic offering methadone maintenance treatment have found that the treatment for opiate addiction appears to protect individuals against subsequent hepatitis C

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