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Entries for November 2011

The Senate has approved an appropriation of $5 million for research into alcohol-detection devices called interlocks, which prevent drivers under the influence of alcohol from driving.


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A petition drive in Kern County, California, seeks to challenge a recent law that would close down medical marijuana clinics in the area.


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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will spend about $600 million over five years on a campaign to educate the public about the dangers of tobacco, the Associated Press reports.


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Women who have three to six alcoholic drinks a week are at slightly increased risk of developing breast cancer compared with women who don’t drink at all, a new study has found.


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Teenagers in Rhode Island did not use more marijuana after the state implemented its medical marijuana law in 2006, according to a new study.


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Two congressmen have asked Major League Baseball and the players union to test for human growth hormone and to ban chewing tobacco. They made their requests a month before the players union contract is set to expire.


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The number of Americans who died from overdoses of prescription painkillers more than tripled in the past decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More people now die from painkillers than from heroin and cocaine combined.


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Methamphetamine is increasingly being made in the United States in small labs that are easy to move and hide, The Wall Street Journal reports.


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More than 1,800 prisoners are eligible for immediate release under new sentencing rules for drug crimes. The rules aim to reduce the disparity between sentences for crimes involving crack cocaine and those involving the drug in powdered form.


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A Kentucky cancer center is advising smokers to switch to smokeless tobacco. Its “Switch and Quit” campaign is creating controversy in the state and beyond.


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