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Entries for May 2010

A survey of 11th- and 12th-grade students finds that 90 percent believe that their peers are more likely to drink and drive on prom night, but few think that the behavior carries a high degree of risk.
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Canada's healthcare system needs to better integrate addiction and mental-health treatment, which typically are treated separately and, as a result, ineffectively, according to a new report.
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Six percent of children who had Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) later developed epilepsy, compared to a rate of less than one percent in the general population.
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A medical-marijuana bill has been approved 35-12 in the Maryland Senate, but the state House won't vote on the measure this year.
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Children who have trouble sleeping may be at increased risk of alcohol and other drug problems when they reach young adulthood, according to researcher Marie M. Wong of Idaho State University.
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A medical-marijuana bill has been advanced by a committee in the Alabama House of Representatives, but probably too late for a vote to take place in the full legislature.
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Bars in the U.K. are being banned from running "all you can drink" specials, and owners who violate the new rules could face six months in prison and more than $30,000 in fines.
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Don't count addiction recovery advocates among those who see healthcare reform as 'Armageddon': the bill signed into law by President Obama on March 23 includes addiction and mental health services in its basic benefits package and is being broadly praised by treatment, prevention and recovery leaders.
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Ohio's Drug-Free Action Alliance and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Association of Ohio (ADAPAO) do not support the legalization of marijuana as medicine based on legislative or voter initiative. Instead, they suggest marijuana should be subject to the same research, consideration and study as any other potential medicine, under the standards of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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A system of eight regional, state-regulated centers will be set up to distribute marijuana to authorized medical users in Maine under a bill approved by the legislature on April 7.
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