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Entries for May 2010

Emotional issues and psychological stress often spark misuse of prescription painkillers among women, whereas men are more likely to cite social and behavioral problems, according to researchers who investigated the underlying causes of opioid painkiller addictions.
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Judges may depart from federal sentencing guidelines in order to refer offenders with alcohol and other drug problems to addiction treatment or other alternatives to incarceration, according to new guidelines issued by the U.S. Sentencing Commission.
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Handgun concealed-carry permit holders would be allowed to take their guns into Tennessee bars -- but not to drink -- under a bill passed by the state Senate last week.
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David Rosenbloom, PhD, director of Join Together based at Boston University School of Public Health, was recently presented with one of the American Society of Addiction Medicine's highest honors, the John P. McGovern Award.
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Researchers who looked at drug courts in 12 countries issued a ringing endorsement of their effects on crime and costs to society, saying the concept of offering addiction treatment to drug offenders rather than prison has succeeded in countries from Belgium to Suriname.
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U.S. officials had hoped that charging Mexican drug traffickers under tough U.S. drug laws would have a deterrent effect, but so far the cartels don't seem to be troubled by the loss of some leaders to the U.S. justice system.
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A bill requiring group health insurance policies to cover addictions and mental disorders on par with other illnesses has been signed into law by Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle.
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The Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse is pleased to announce its 34th Annual AMERSA National Conference to be held on November 4-6, 2010, in Bethesda, MD. Call for Abstracts and Workshops open through May 28.
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A study presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research identifies structures at the cellular level that appear to explain a link between heavy alcohol use and cancer.
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A Montana medical-marijuana law approved after a 2004 voter initiative has some significant holes that state lawmakers are now trying to fill in, such as how municipalities can control sales and use of the drug and whether patients must notify employers that they are using the drug medically.
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