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Entries for December 2011

Arrests for possession of small amounts of marijuana have dropped 13 percent in New York City since the police department relaxed its enforcement policy in September, Reuters reports.


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Teenagers whose parents drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs are far more likely to drive under the influence themselves compared with teens whose parents don’t drive after using drugs or alcohol, according to a new government study.


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The Mental Health Parity Act, which requires employers offering mental health and substance abuse services to offer those services at the same level as other health-related services, has largely been a success, a new government report finds.


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A judge has ruled Florida Governor Rick Scott cannot subpoena records from the American Civil Liberties Union, or question the group’s officials, in a case that challenges the governor’s order calling for drug testing for state employees.


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The New York University Silver School of Social Work is holding a conference entitled “Substance Use: Responding to Changes in Policy, Research, and Services” on December 14th and 15th.


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A new alcohol screening tool that focuses on two key questions is designed to help pediatricians spot children and adolescents at risk for alcohol-related problems. The doctor asks about the patient’s own drinking, as well as his or her friends’ alcohol use.


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The New Jersey Assembly has approved a bill that would allow intravenous drug users to purchase needles with a prescription. The goal of the bill is to halt the spread of diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C, according to NJ.com.


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Florida’s Department of Health is recommending that the state share information from its new database that tracks prescription pain medicine with other states.


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Alcoholic popsicles will be sold in Arizona starting this week, myfoxphoenix.com reports. The new product, Snobar, has an alcohol content of up to 14 percent.


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Some experts in the field of substance abuse say there are significant problems with a recent study that concluded medical marijuana laws are associated with a reduction in traffic deaths. The critics point out the study was published as a working paper, and was not a peer-reviewed study in a scientific journal.


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