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Mandatory-minimum prison sentences for crack-cocaine would only kick in when defendants possess 28 grams or more of the drug under legislation passed this week by

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Israeli researchers who studied nicotine craving among flight attendants concluded that the desire for a cigarette may have more to do with habit than addiction

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Impaired driving by people using legal prescription drugs is hard to detect and prosecute, experts say … Most doctors say they don’t report colleagues they know are impaired by alcohol or other drugs … A U.S. ban on sales of clove cigarettes could be undone by international trade agreements …

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An FDA advisory panel says doctors should be required to get training on misuse of prescription drugs and rejected a plan that called for voluntary training … The VA is now allowing veterans to use medical marijuana in states where it is legal … Moonshine is cheap and cool again, explaining why producing illegal booze is more popular during the recession …

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Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell has spent months quietly trying to build consensus around a plan to shutter state liquor stores established after Prohibition and return

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Youth smoking had a good run as a top-of-mind issue among U.S. parents and preventionists — 30 years or more, by some estimates — but now seems to have taken a back seat to childhood obesity in the national consciousness.

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Group addiction treatment can actually lead to more drug use by teens if they are casual users placed in sessions with more experienced addicts, Time

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The U.S. Patent Office has pulled back from trademarking medical-marijuana related products … Statistically, solders at Fort Bliss, Texas are more at risk at home than on the battlefield … Americans are drinking more at home and less at bars and restaurants … “One-pot” recipe for methamphetamine is fueling a comeback for meth labs in Oklahoma …

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Patients with addiction or mental-health related problems accounted for 12.5 percent of all hospital emergency-room visits by adults in 2007, according to a report from

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Progress in the war on teen smoking has slowed to a crawl, and the government will miss a key target for smoking cessation, a CDC report says … The head of California’s NAACP chapter is under fire for supporting a marijuana legalization ballot initiative … San Francisco has drawn up the first regulations on marijuana-infused foods … Alcoholic energy drinks are being marketed to kids, Sen. Charles Schumer says …

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