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Entries for November 2011

The American Medical Association’s policy-making body has called on the organization to promote doctor training on the correct use of controlled substances, in an effort to reduce prescription drug abuse.


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Rappers are increasingly promoting alcoholic drinks in which they have financial stakes, according to the Los Angeles Times.


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A new labor deal between Major League Baseball and the players union limits the use of smokeless tobacco by players, but does not ban it during games.


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Interest is growing in Good Samaritan laws aimed at saving lives by encouraging people who witness drug overdoses to call 911. But much is not yet known about the laws’ impact on drug users, bystanders, paramedics and police.


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A study of twins suggests genetics may play a role in smoking, and in people’s ability to quit.


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Chemical changes caused by cocaine may be passed on to the next generation, a new study of rats suggests. The changes cause male offspring to find the drug less rewarding.


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Attorneys General in 35 states and the San Francisco City Attorney have asked the Federal Trade Commission to limit the amount of alcohol sold in a single-serving can. The move is aimed at reducing the amount of alcohol in Four Loko, the Des Moines Register reports.


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California’s prescription drug monitoring database may become useless if proposed budget cuts go through, according to the Associated Press.


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President Obama criticized tobacco companies for opposing new cigarette warning labels in a video that marks the American Cancer Society’s 36th annual “Great American Smokeout” on Thursday.


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While alcohol consumption is on the rise in the United States, drinking preferences vary by region of the country, according to USA Today.


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