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Entries for September 2011

Deaths caused by drugs have topped traffic-related deaths, an analysis by the Los Angeles Times concludes.


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“Bath salts” are exploding in popularity around the country, and alarming health and law enforcement officials, the Star Tribune reports.


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Adding exercise to a smoking cessation program can help teenage boys quit smoking, a new study suggests.


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Taxes on tobacco and alcohol, as well as smoke-free laws, are among the recommendations made by the World Health Organization this week to reduce deaths from noninfectious diseases.


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With great unmet demand for substance abuse treatment, addiction experts are looking for ways to expand treatment options. Dr. McCance-Katz, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco and former president of the AAAP, discusses the need to increase the number of patients treated with Suboxone and ways to increase use of the drug as treatment.


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Researchers are studying whether the opioid antagonist naltrexone can help parolees recently released from prison who have a history of opiate addiction and relapse. Initial data indicates these parolees are less likely to be reincarcerated and to relapse.


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A growing number of children in the United States are being accidentally poisoned when they swallow prescription drugs, a new study finds.


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Lung cancer rates are dropping, and the decrease is most noticeable in western states, where smoking rates are lower, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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A group of medical organizations from around the world this week issued a statement calling on doctors to take the lead in demanding action to reduce alcohol misuse.


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As the number of fatal overdoses from prescription painkillers grows, so does the number of doctors who are facing criminal charges for overprescribing painkillers and other controlled medications.


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