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Entries for July 2011

The majority of countries are doing nothing or are not doing enough to reduce smoking rates, the World Health Organization said this week.


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The U.S. Justice Department has announced that medical marijuana dispensaries and licensed growers located in states with medical marijuana laws are not immune from prosecution for violation of federal drug and money-laundering laws.


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New recommendations published in the Journal of the American Dental Association aim to help dentists reduce prescription drug abuse. Dentists, who prescribe 12 percent of opioids in the United States, can play an important role in minimizing the potential for misuse or abuse, Science Daily reports.


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State agents in South Florida began to enforce the state’s new ban on doctors and clinics selling painkillers this week. They seized more than 40,000 pills from pain clinics, the Sun-Sentinel reports.


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A bill sent to Ohio Governor John Kasich would ban both current and future synthetic drugs, the Columbus Dispatch reports.


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In an era when prescription drug abuse is on the rise, doctors still don’t have a good way to measure pain objectively, The Wall Street Journal reports.


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A growing number of businesses are using sticks instead of carrots to encourage employees to stop smoking, in an effort to cut health insurance costs, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.


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Some college students continue to drink heavily even when they experience harmful effects such as hangovers, fights and unwanted sexual situations, because they perceive the benefits of drinking to outweigh the negative, a new study suggests.


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A legal, natural and addictive substance called kratom is becoming increasingly popular in South Florida, according to a news report.


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Drivers high on marijuana represent an unrecognized crisis, experts tell the Los Angeles Times.


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