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Entries for July 2011

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a law designed to reduce preventable overdose deaths by encouraging people to call 911 if they witness a drug overdose, without fear of being arrested for drug possession.


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Ohio, a state hit particularly hard by opioid abuse, is beginning to show early signs of success in fighting the problem, The Columbus Dispatch reports. But many problems remain.


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Frank Vocci, PhD, President of Friends Research Institute, discusses the importance of treating drug-dependent prisoners in the criminal justice system, current barriers to treatment, and what changes are needed in the United States in order for these prisoners to receive the treatment they need.


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As a new smokeless tobacco product is tested in two U.S. cities, public health officials are expressing concerns about the safety of this and other similar products. They say the products are especially attractive to teens.


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New recommendations issued by the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology call for annual alcohol screening for women, and screening in the first trimester of pregnancy.


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A new study finds that borrowing medication prescribed to someone else is not more common in low-income, urban populations, compared with the general population.


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Some Connecticut universities and colleges are considering easing their marijuana policies in light of a new state decriminalization law.


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Almost one-quarter of Americans age 12 or older say they participated in binge drinking in the previous month, according to a government survey.


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A new vaccine shows promise in heroin addiction treatment, a study in rats suggests.


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Electronic cigarettes, or “e-cigarettes,” are crude drug delivery systems for refined nicotine that pose unknown risks, two experts write in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine.


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