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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has signed into law a bill that requires drug screening for people applying for or receiving welfare benefits.


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The rate of smoking among adults in California has dropped to 11.9 percent, a record low. Smoking rates have decreased among all age groups and ethnic groups, and among both men and women.


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The use, manufacture and sale of “bath salts,” synthetic drugs that mimic the effects of cocaine, have been outlawed under a bill signed by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. A number of other states have recently banned bath salts, including New York and North Carolina.


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Current guidelines for sensible drinking are not adequate for preventing cancer, according to a new report. The authors say many countries’ recommendations for moderate drinking don’t take into account the long-term risks of alcohol use.


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Children who breathe in secondhand smoke at home are more likely to develop attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disorders and other behavior problems, compared with children who grow up in smoke-free homes, a new study suggests.


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The California Assembly this week voted to ban the production and sale of beer with added caffeine.


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A review of 101 studies concludes that smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of certain types of severe birth defects, including defects of the heart, face, limbs, feet and eyes.


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Each September, as part of National Recovery Month, Faces & Voices of Recovery works with local recovery community organizations and national planning partners to host Rally for Recovery! events that combine the celebration and honor of recovery with advocacy and education.


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The Drug Enforcement Administration said Friday that medical marijuana has no accepted medical use, and should still be classified as a highly dangerous drug.


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Indiana is the first state to require drug tests for unemployed people enrolled in job training in a state-funded program, the Associated Press reports. At least 30 states have considered making drug tests mandatory for people on government assistance.


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