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A small Virginia company, Star Scientific, Inc., is seeking approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market one of its smokeless tobacco products

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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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MADD wants to stop drunk drivingMothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) wants Congress to authorize $60 million over five years to pay for the development of a device — called the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety or DADSS — that would lock the ignition for drivers with a blood alcohol level above the legal limit.

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Phoenix HousePhoenix House Foundation, a large, multi-state addiction treatment provider, has partnered with Vanguard Services Unlimited, a nearly 50-year-old substance abuse treatment provider based in the Washington D.C. area. The new organization will extend both groups’ reach and will be dubbed “Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic.”

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Ballot measure resultsElection night is over, and most of the results are in: it’s a mixed bag for the alcohol and other drug initiatives on state ballots. California’s efforts to legalize marijuana — a.k.a. Proposition 19 — fell short with 56 percent of voters rejecting the measure. Initiatives related to medical marijuana in South Dakota and Oregon also failed, while Arizona narrowly approved a medical-marijuana measure.

Massachusetts voted to repealed a 6.25 percent alcohol tax, and Washington chose to block at least one measure seeking to privatize liquor distribution. Meanwhile, California approved Prop. 26, possibly negating efforts to require the alcohol industry, among others, to pay for the harm caused by their products.

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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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daily drug regimenCompliance to daily drug regimens has been an ongoing challenge in opioid-addiction treatment, but, emerging long-term therapies may provide an effective solution.

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David MustoDavid F. Musto, M.D., author of a pioneering history of drug-control policy and a former advisor on drug control to the Carter Administration, died Oct. 8.

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Back in 1995, Join Together developed a fledgling web-based smoking cessation tool. It eventually became an independent company, QuitNet.com, which may be the largest smoking cessation program in the world.

That?s why we?re especially glad when we see other public health advocates continue to innovate in this area.

Case in point: the Vermont Health Department is offering an online video game to smokers who want to quit.

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Tobacco signs are more common in less affluent communities — and Latino and African-American populations are particularly affected — the Boston Globe reported August 30.

But all that could change, now that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can regulate tobacco companies.

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