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Women who smoke during pregnancy are 20 percent more likely to report pelvic pain than nonsmokers, Reuters reported June 18. A study of 5,000 women

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Would you ask an adult in recovery to hang around with his or her drinking buddies every day? Certainly not, yet we ask teens to go back to school after treatment and avoid all their friends who use drugs or alcohol. Recovery Schools are one solution, and are the focus of a national conference next month.

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Americans who live in public housing are exposed to secondhand smoke from their neighbors, according to researchers who demonstrated how smoke from one apartment unit

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Overdoses from prescription drugs have sometimes led to civil or criminal charges against prescribing physicians, but even toxicologists have problems distinguishing between overdose deaths and

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How interchangeable are federal agency directors? SAMHSA is about to find out: under a rather surprising work-study initiative, the heads of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) and the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) are about to swap jobs.

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Emergency rooms are seeing more overdoses from prescription pain medications than illicit drugs, the CDC reports … North Carolina officials have canned a plan to name a new arena for Bud Light … The FDA has the power to regulate nicotine — and should use it — a former head of the agency says … Another addition to the regulatory plate: FDA should classify e-cigarettes as drug-delivery devices, according to the American Medical Association …

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Electronic cigarettes are drug-delivery devices and should be regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the American Medical Association (AMA) says. FDA is

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Mexican President Felipe Calderon this week compared the United States to a drug addict as he sought to shore up support for his antidrug efforts

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against automatic deportation of legal immigrants for minor drug offenses, the New York Times reported June 14.  The unanimous decision

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Addiction and mental-health advocates have joined forces to press for implementation of national healthcare reform … Midwest casinos have cut out one of gamblers’ favorite perks: free drinks … Nearly 400 U.S. colleges have implemented tobacco bans on campuses … An oral nicotine spray seems to blunt craving quicker than gums or lozenges, a study finds …

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