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Abusing methamphetamines or other stimulant drugs can increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, new research suggests.


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The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is objecting to new ads promoting a brand of cigarettes as “eco-friendly.”


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Abuse of Suboxone, a drug used to treat addiction, is a growing concern among Vermont corrections officials.


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Despite concern that few substance abuse clinics are enrolled in Medicaid, a new report finds that 64 percent of publicly funded facilities that deliver substance use disorder treatment accept Medicaid.


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Under the American Psychiatric Association’s new definition of addiction, one-third of patients undergoing long-term pain therapy with opioids meet the criteria for addiction, a new study finds. Contrary to expectations, the new definition does not reduce the percentage of people considered addicted to opioids.


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A new study suggests that people, who quit smoking after being hospitalized for signs of a heart attack, but start again after their release, may triple their risk of dying.


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Illinois has become the latest state to ban “bath salts,” according to the Los Angeles Times.


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The office of California’s Secretary of State has approved the circulation of ballot petitions for a measure that would legalize recreational marijuana. The measure would be voted on in 2012.


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A new study suggests that abuse of prescription opioids may be a first step on the path toward misuse of heroin and other injected drugs.


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A Food and Drug Administration panel said Friday it needs more information about the marketing of the smokeless tobacco product called snus, before it can make recommendations about new dissolvable tobacco products.


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