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Entries for June 2012

Treating teenagers for major depression can reduce the odds they will develop a drug use disorder, a new study suggests.


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Coors Light and other alcohol brands are testing an age-checking tool on Twitter, Ad Age reports.


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A measure on the Colorado ballot in November about marijuana legalization could have an effect on the presidential election, the Associated Press reports.


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A new study challenges the widely held belief that men find it easier than women to quit smoking.


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A recent bizarre incident in Miami, in which a man stripped naked and ate the face of another man, while allegedly high on “bath salts,” has renewed calls for banning synthetic drugs. U.S. News & World Report notes that both the House and Senate have passed bills banning the drugs, but so far have not been able to pass an identical bill.


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Costs related to narcotic painkillers are growing for workplace insurers, which are currently spending an estimated $1.4 billion on the drugs, The New York Times reports.


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Penalties for college athletes who test positive for marijuana differ between the Southeastern Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the Associated Press reports.


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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will ask the state legislature on Monday to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in public view, according to The New York Times.


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Twelve-step programs can be extremely helpful for teens who are struggling with addiction or who are on the road to becoming addicted, but they are more useful if they are adapted to the particular needs of adolescents, according to an expert on teenage addiction.


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Two emergency medicine experts have proposed what they call “ideal” prescription drug monitoring software, in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine.


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