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An online course that demonstrates the consequences of excessive drinking appears to significantly reduce the most common types of alcohol-related problems among freshman, including binge drinking and sexual assault.


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Federal budget cutbacks have forced many states to severely reduce efforts to shut down methamphetamine labs and clean up the toxic waste left behind. Missouri has found a way around this problem by developing its own program for safe disposal of meth lab waste.


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Young adults who work 50 or more hours a week are at significantly higher risk of developing alcohol-related problems, compared with young adults who don’t work, a new study suggests.


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Health officials in Colorado have called for a hearing on new dissolvable tobacco products being tested in Denver. They are concerned the products are attractive to children and prevent smokers from quitting.


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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, which has a long track record of battling high-risk drinking among students, is trying new tactics, including web-based programming and an initiative to engage parents of incoming students.


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Children who are exposed to medication through family members’ transdermal patches are at risk of overdose, experts warn.


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A finding about the role of a protein in the brain that influences behavior may hold clues to addiction-like behaviors, a study in mice suggests. The research could help scientists searching for more effective addiction treatments, according to Science Daily.


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West Virginia, which has the nation’s highest rate of drug overdose deaths, cannot rely on arrests to solve the state’s problem with prescription drug abuse, officials said Thursday.


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All of Maine’s public housing units are now smoke free, a coalition of health and clean-air groups announced this week. The Breathe Easy Coalition of Maine says a new survey has found that overall, almost half of renters in the state are living in smoke-free housing.


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Female smokers are 25 percent more likely than male smokers to develop heart disease, say researchers at the University of Minnesota.


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