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Entries for April 2012

I am grateful you are part of the Join Together community as we celebrate our first anniversary.


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For 25 years, April has been recognized as Alcohol Awareness Month. So how does this campaign continue to be of value after all of these years?


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Menthol-cigarette smokers may be at higher risk of having a stroke than those who smoke other types of cigarettes, a new study suggests.


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Some legitimate foreign online pharmacies may help U.S. consumers buy medicines they otherwise could not afford, a new economic analysis concludes.


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In a small but increasing number of cases, lawyers defending soldiers are blaming the U.S. military’s heavy use of psychotropic drugs for their clients’ abnormal behavior and related health issues, according to the Los Angeles Times.


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Young women ages 18 to 22 who drink may be at increased risk of developing proliferative benign breast disease, a noncancerous condition that can in some cases lead to cancer.


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A law in Washington State requires doctors to refer patients taking high doses of opioids for evaluation by a pain specialist if their underlying condition does not improve. The law passed last year is aimed at reducing the epidemic of prescription drug abuse.


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California’s prescription drug monitoring program is not effective in curbing prescription drug abuse, because enrollment in the program is optional, and funding for the program is drying up, according to The New York Times.


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A new Virginia law will require thousands of first-time drunk-driving offenders to install blood alcohol testing devices in their cars that can lock the ignition. The measure is sparking debate in the state.


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A program in Philadelphia that supplies the opioid overdose antidote naloxone to people addicted to drugs, their spouses and other laypeople, and trains them in how to use it, is saving lives, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.


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