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Robert A. Zucker, director of the University of Michigan Addiction Research Center, will receive the 2010 Research Society on Alcoholism Distinguished Researcher Award — the group’s highest honor, according to a June 15 announcement.

Zucker has directed the Michigan Longitudinal Study — which tracks the alcohol and other drug use histories of 2,200 people in 460 families — for the past 26 years, as well as conducting research into gene-based environmental relationships and the neural circuitry underlying addiction risk.

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Medical-marijuana cards are carried by 1.25 percent of the general population in Montana but about 9 percent of parolees in the state, the Helena Air

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Following up on the recent National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) meeting in the Hub, the Boston Herald has a nice article attesting to the effectiveness of naltrexone treatment.

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Here’s one way to separate the sick from the stoners: A California doctor is promoting a form of medical marijuana he claims is more therapeutic — but won’t get you high … Isn’t that special: Researchers say that frequent users of ketamine (a.k.a. Special K) can develop incontinence ? Professional poker players are renowned for their stamina and focus — but some may be using drugs to gain an edge at the table ? Yet another report finds fewer heart-attack hospitalizations after public smoking bans — this time in London ?

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Hospitals in the U.K. admitted about 100 fewer heart-attack victims each month after a ban on indoor smoking went into effect in July 2007, the

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The collected papers of William White, an important author and historian in the addiction treatment and recovery field, are now online in a new website devoted to his writings.

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More than 1,000 drug abuse prevention leaders from across the country will convene in Phoenix, Ariz. on July 26-29, 2010 for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of

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SAMHSA women’s conference Invigorators and Teas? This is surely not your typical conference. Grounded in “principles of recovery and gender-responsive, trauma-informed care,” the 4th National Conference on Women, Addiction and Recovery will include: “Expert Teas” (small groups gathering in a ’living-room environment … to discuss and problem-solve with recognized experts’); “Invigorators” (40-minute sessions designed to energize participants around a given topic); Facilitated Discussions; Mini Plenaries, big-name speakers and more.

You still have a couple of days to register at their “early bird” rate (through June 15). Or get two people from the same organization to attend to lighten the load on your wallets.

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A constitutional challenge to a San Francisco law banning tobacco sales at pharmacies has been reinstated by a state appeals court, the Associated Press reported

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Have you been ’iced’? Smirnoff says don’t blame us for the viral game … About half of Californians say they support marijuana legalization, but that may not be good news for supporters of the ballot question … New Jersey medical-marijuana backers say they’ll brook no delay in implementing a new state law … Relabeling loose cigarette tobacco as pipe tobacco has allowed the industry to avoid $250 million in taxes

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