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Entries for August 2011

California Governor Jerry Brown this week signed a bill that bans the production and sale of beer with added caffeine.


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Vermont has the highest rate of underage drinking in the nation, a new federal report reveals.


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Johnson & Johnson’s recent announcement that the company plans to lower the maximum dose for Extra Strength Tylenol highlights the potential overdose dangers of over-the-counter drugs, experts say.


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Israeli scientists are developing a new device to detect “date-rape” drugs, ketamine and GHB, in drinks, the New York Daily News reports.


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Customs officials in South Florida say drug smugglers are finding a variety of creative ways to conceal their goods, from using submarines to hiding drugs in beans and nuts.


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Health officials in Vancouver, Canada have announced a pilot project to distribute clean, unused crack pipes to drug users later this year, as part of a “harm reduction” program to reduce spread of disease.


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A report by doctors at New York’s Bellevue Hospital describes how 11 young people –10 of them under the legal drinking age of 21—were rushed to the emergency room after drinking the “alcopop” Four Loko.


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Women who suffer gender-based violence have a much higher-than-average lifetime risk of substance abuse disorders and other mental health disorders, according to a study in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association.


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Smoking is an important risk factor in brain shrinkage and a decline in brain function in later years, a new study suggests.


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Countries need to be cognizant of the suffering of patients in pain when formulating plans to cut down on prescription drug abuse, according to the new World Health Organization's (WHO) guidelines on balanced drug control policies.


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