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Entries for July 2013

The results of a study of compulsive drinking habits in rats could one day lead to a treatment for similar behavior in humans, according to researchers at the University of California, San Francisco. The treatment would only be effective if a person wanted to stop drinking, they say.


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Pope Francis spoke out against legalizing drugs in Latin America, and called drug cartels “merchants of death,” Wednesday during his visit to Brazil.


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The Food and Drug Administration says menthol-flavored cigarettes raise critical public health questions, and likely pose a greater risk to the health of smokers than non-menthol cigarettes, The Wall Street Journal reports.


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A new survey finds 82 percent of American adults say they support a ban on smoking in cars that are carrying children younger than 13.


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The Indiana Poison Center reports major decreases in the number of reported overdoses from synthetic drugs such as bath salts and Spice, according to the Associated Press.


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Arkansas is focusing on reducing prescription drug overdoses, which account for about one death daily in the state. State officials are working with health providers, law enforcement and educators to reduce abuse rates, according to the Associated Press.


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Recent media reports paint emergency physicians as the source behind the recent dramatic rise in prescription drug abuse. We aren't. Despite certain perceptions to the contrary, we actually account for a very low percentage of all narcotics prescribed, says physician from the American College of Emergency Physicians.


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The United States Navy announced it is cutting back the sale hours for alcohol at base stores, in an effort to reduce sexual assaults, The Washington Times reports.


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Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has been suspended for the rest of the season by Major League Baseball, for violating the league’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, MLB.com reports.


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The police department of Quincy, Massachusetts, the first in the nation to require every officer on patrol to carry the opioid overdose antidote Narcan, reports a 95 percent success rate with the treatment, CBS News reports.


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