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Entries for April 2012

In the second half of a two-part column, Sullivan Smith, MD, Medical Director of the Cookeville (Tennessee) Regional Medical Center, talks to health care professionals about how to treat "bath salts" patients, and what you can do to help address the growing problem of abuse.


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Law enforcement officials are reporting a rise in armed robberies of pharmacies, by drug dealers and people desperate for prescription painkillers, ABC News reports.


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The Drug Enforcement Administration crackdown on improper sales of prescription painkillers, which has been focused on CVS, has now spread to Walgreens, according to The Wall Street Journal.


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People who engage in hazardous and harmful drinking are more likely to reduce their consumption of alcohol for at least one year if they receive just seven minutes of counseling from an emergency room physician, a new study finds.


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A World Trade Organization appeals court this week upheld an earlier decision that a U.S. ban on clove cigarettes discriminates against Indonesia. The ban was designed to prevent youth from smoking.


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Sales of oxycodone and hydrocodone are sharply rising in areas of the United States where these prescription painkillers were not as popular in the past, according to an analysis by the Associated Press. The rise in sales is driven by an aging population with pain issues, as well as an increase in addiction, experts say.


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Health officials of 135 nations provisionally agreed this week to a deal to fight tobacco smuggling.


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The club drug ketamine, known as “special K,” may increase the risk of developing urinary tract symptoms, according to a new study.


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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law this week a bill that bans medical marijuana on state university and community college campuses.


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Cars and trucks one day may have built-in blood alcohol detectors, The Wall Street Journal reports. Research on the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety is progressing more quickly than expected, and could be available within eight to 10 years, experts say.


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