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Entries for November 2011

A growing number of employers are requiring workers who smoke to pay more for their health care costs, The New York Times reports.


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The number of people in Maryland who are receiving substance abuse treatment through Medicaid has more than doubled in less than three years.


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Women who became adults when 18 was the legal drinking age in the United States are at higher long-term risk for homicide and suicide, than women who grew up after the legal drinking age became 21, a new study finds.


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A judge has extended a ban on a mandatory drug-testing program for students at a technical college in Missouri until at least February.


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California’s Secretary of State announced the proponent, of an initiative that would limit punishment to a $250 fine for possession, cultivation, sale or transportation of up to two ounces of marijuana, can begin collecting signatures to try to get it on the 2012 ballot.


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A measure under consideration in the Massachusetts State Senate would allow bars in the state to once again offer happy hours, for the first time since 1984.


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The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports that as many as 1 in 4 children younger than age 18 is exposed to family alcohol abuse or dependence. These children are more likely to develop depression or anxiety disorders in adolescence, use alcohol or other drugs early and become tomorrow’s addicted youth, explains NACoA's Sis Wegner.


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The number of newborn babies exposed to prescription painkillers is on the rise, USA Today reports.


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A new study suggests that teenage girls and young women with a family history of breast cancer should steer clear of alcohol. The study found those who had a drink a day on average were more than twice as likely as those who didn’t drink to develop benign breast disease, a risk factor for breast cancer.


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OxyContin is being smuggled into the United States from Canada, because the Canadian version of the drug is easier to abuse, according to The Globe and Mail.


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