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Strong connections with parents who advise against drug use reduce teens’ risk of abusing prescription drugs, a new study finds.


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A Kentucky law allows parents to petition the court to order involuntary drug treatment for their adult children, USA Today reports. Other concerned people may also file a petition under Casey’s Law.


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Researchers at the University of Michigan will try to document the impact of medical marijuana, with a $2.2 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.


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Depictions of drinking alcohol in movies increased between 1996 and 2009, while smoking scenes decreased, according to a new study.


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Altria is a leading manufacturer of a product that causes over 400,000 deaths a year in the U.S. and close to six million deaths every year worldwide, and Corporate Responsibility Magazine has once again ranked Altria as one of the “100 Best Corporate Citizens.”


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Almost one-quarter of parents do not think they can influence their teens’ use of alcohol, drugs or tobacco, according to a new government report. Nine percent of parents say they did not talk to their teens about the dangers of substance abuse in the past year.


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A new study finds little evidence that mothers’ use of cocaine during pregnancy in the 1980s led to a proliferation of “crack babies,” the Associated Press reports.


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A study of men arrested in five major U.S. cities finds more than 60 percent use illegal drugs, but most do not receive treatment.


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Children who accidentally eat food such as cookies made with marijuana can get sick, according to a new study. Researchers at Colorado Children’s Hospital report they treated 14 children who ingested the drug, half of whom ate marijuana-laced foods.


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More than half of internal medicine residents at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston say they were not adequately trained in addiction and other substance use disorders, according to a new survey.


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