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Entries for April 2012

Manipulating memories of people formerly addicted to drugs may help them avoid relapse, a new study suggests.


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Drug Enforcement Administration officials say criminal scam artists are selling prescription drugs online, then using customers’ personal information to blackmail them.


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The alcohol industry has contributed thousands of dollars to the campaigns of Nebraska legislators on a committee in which a bill that would curb alcohol purchases to residents on a dry Indian reservation has stalled, The New York Times reports.


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Exercise may make it more difficult to break an addiction in some cases, a study of cocaine-addicted mice suggests.


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A Florida appeals court overturned a $79.2 million verdict against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. this week. The personal injury verdict had been awarded to the daughter of a man who died from lung cancer after years of smoking.


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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said this week that it is unlikely the state legislature will take up the issue of medical marijuana this year. He added the risks of legalizing marijuana for pain relief require more study.


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Offering low-dose CT scans to longtime smokers to screen them for lung cancer would reduce the death toll of the disease by an estimated 15,000 lives a year in the United States, a new study concludes.


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All states must link their prescription drug monitoring programs in order to successfully fight “pill mills” and painkiller abuse, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear said this week at the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit in Orlando.


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The Food and Drug Administration asked a federal appeals court this week to undo a lower court ruling that said graphic cigarette warning labels are unconstitutional.


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Legislative leaders in New York, along with the offices of Governor Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, are negotiating measures designed to curb “doctor shopping” for prescription painkillers.


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