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Entries for January 2012

A substantial minority of patients with lung or colon cancer continue to smoke after they have received their diagnosis, a new study finds.


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Alcohol policy expert James F. Mosher, JD, discusses his new study, “Joe Camel in a Bottle: Diageo, the Smirnoff Brand, and the Transformation of the Youth Alcohol Market.” He explores why underage drinkers have made a dramatic shift in the last decade from beer to distilled spirits.


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The pipeline of prescription painkillers from Florida to Kentucky has started to close off, the attorneys general of both states announced this week. They attributed the slowdown in illegal pill trafficking to new rules and programs in Florida, coupled with increased enforcement in both states.


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The 23 marijuana dispensaries located near schools in Colorado that received warning letters last week telling them they must shut down should take the warning seriously, according to Colorado U.S. Attorney John Walsh.


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Heavy drinkers who were formerly homeless, and are provided with housing, cut down on their drinking if they are allowed access to alcohol, a new study has found.


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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie this week called for mandatory treatment for all low-level drug offenders.


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Many states received failing grades on the latest American Lung Association report card rating tobacco control efforts.


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U.S. Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania called on the Senate Judiciary Committee to close loopholes in a synthetic drug law that allows makers of the drugs to slightly alter their ingredients to avoid federal and state bans.


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A new government report finds that rates of substance abuse are far higher in people with mental illness. The report found that one in five adults in the United States—nearly 50 million people—experienced mental illness in the past year.


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Two Florida health care organizations have announced a new plan to treat patients coming to the emergency room seeking pain relief. They say the plan aims to reduce prescription drug abuse.


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