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Entries for September 2011

Naltrexone, approved by the Food and Drug Administration as treatment for alcohol dependence, may be especially effective in people of Asian descent, a new study suggests.


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Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are slowly becoming more popular with retailers, Convenience Store News reports. Many retailers continue to take a “wait and see” approach to the products, before deciding whether to assign them shelf space.


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Sales of tobacco to minors in California have dropped to 5.6 percent, the lowest rate since the state started keeping track of the sales in 1995, the state’s Department of Public Health announced.


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The 11th Tradition of AA and NA states, "Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, and films." So how does anonymity factor into recovery in the age of social networks asks Ken Pomerance, COO of InTheRooms.com


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Several restaurant chains that recently added alcohol to their menus have decided it causes more problems than it’s worth. Customers aren’t buying as many drinks as expected, and selling alcohol is causing many logistical problems.


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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration announced it is awarding 46 grants totaling $22.5 million for substance abuse prevention efforts.


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A Michigan company is developing a device that uses an infrared sensor to determine a driver’s blood alcohol level. The company hopes to make the device small enough to fit on a car’s start button.


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A new drug shows promise in treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or smoker’s cough, researchers reported this week at the European Respiratory Society meeting. The company that makes the drug, Novartis, announced it has applied to start selling the drug in Europe.


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Barry McCaffrey, the former head of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, called Florida’s new law that requires drug testing for welfare applicants counterproductive.


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Experts in the Chicago area say they are seeing more people facing drug addiction who are white, suburban and upper-middle class.


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