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Entries for October 2011

A new tool created by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the American Academy of Pediatrics is designed to help pediatricians talk to teenagers about alcohol use.


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Almost all smokers who are hospitalized in the United States receive advice on quitting, according to a new study.


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Rising unemployment is associated with an increase in drinking, a new study suggests.


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The growing popularity of synthetic drugs such as “bath salts” is spurring an increase in makeshift drug labs in towns across the country.


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An estimated 56 percent of parents in a Massachusetts survey say their children have access to parents’ prescription drugs at home. One in seven parents say they have given their children pain medication that was not prescribed for their child.


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Drivers in Florida have been arrested and convicted of driving under the influence based on defective alcohol breath test machines, according to the Herald-Tribune.


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The Employee Assistance Research Foundation has issued a call for grant proposals, which will focus on workplace-related outcomes of employee assistance programs. The proposals are due by November 30.


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Every day, 2,500 teenagers use a prescription drug to get high for the first time.  They’re accessing these drugs in the comfort of home; it can be as easy as opening a cupboard, drawer or medicine cabinet. To help combat …
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If the world’s population continues to smoke at current levels, smoking could lead to an extra 18 million cases of tuberculosis, and 40 million excess deaths by 2050.


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California Governor Jerry Brown signed two bills that increase access to sterile syringes. The bills are designed to reduce the spread of HIV and hepatitis C among people who use drugs.


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