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Entries for October 2011

The costs to society from excessive drinking add up to $2 per drink, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The costs include lost work productivity, medical expenses and property damage from car crashes.


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Medicare will now cover screening and counseling for alcohol misuse, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced.


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A new study finds African-American women are more likely than men to stay with a type of substance abuse counseling called Motivational Enhancement Therapy. However, the women’s substance abuse issues continued, UPI reports.


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Doctors and law enforcement officials in Florida and Louisiana say state bans on “bath salts” are leading to a decline in the drugs’ use.


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The football players union has said it is not ready to test players for Human Growth Hormone, despite urging from two members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.


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The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America is looking for 25,000 people to sign an online petition on the White House’s “We the People” website to raise the profile of effective drug prevention. If the goal is reached by November 4, the Obama Administration will discuss the issue.


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Doctors and pharmacists can begin using Florida’s new drug monitoring database on Monday. The database is designed to reduce prescription drug abuse by preventing people from “doctor shopping” for painkillers.


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The California Medical Association has called for the legalization of marijuana, although it acknowledges the drug does have some health risks.


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Joseph Lee, MD, child and adolescent psychiatrist at Hazelden's Center for Youth and Families, speaks with Join Together about synthetic drug abuse among teens and what can be done to curb use.


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The White House and Mothers Against Drunk Driving have joined forces to create a new campaign against drugged driving. The campaign calls on parents to become more aware of the consequences of teenagers driving under the influence of drugs.


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