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Entries for June 2011

Some young adults who receive prescription painkillers for acute pain, such as that from a dental procedure or a broken bone, might have enough medication to both overuse it and divert to others, a new study suggests.


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People who misuse prescription painkillers are much more likely to get the drugs from family and friends than from a doctor, a new study suggests.


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Several states are taking action to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries from alcohol-related boating accidents. Alcohol is the leading contributing factor in deadly boating accidents.


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A program that aims to promote a culture of recovery at several U.S. universities is showing promise, a new study suggests.


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Drinking even a little bit of alcohol increases the risk of driving accidents, a new study finds. The study shows that the severity of life-threatening motor vehicle accidents increases significantly at blood alcohol levels far lower than the current U.S. limit of 0.08 percent.


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A major reduction in federal funds to clean up meth labs is having a negative impact in Tennessee, where methamphetamine use has been spiking. From 2007 to 2010, the state saw a 250 percent rise in meth lab incidents, busts and explosions.


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The growing popularity of synthetic drugs known as "bath salts" has contributed to the rise in the number of arrests related to drugged driving in Pennsylvania, according to a state DUI expert.


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The planned merger of the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is likely to be delayed until October 2013, the Los Angeles Times reports. The merger originally was scheduled for October 2012.


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New cigarette labels mandated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will carry graphic images of the consequences of smoking, including diseased lungs and rotting teeth.


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Following a 2010 report on health promotion, risk reduction and suicide prevention in the Army that cites prescription drug abuse as a growing issue, the Army is making changes to reduce the misuse of prescription pain medications.


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