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Entries for March 2014

Teens who use e-cigarettes are more likely than their peers who do not use the devices to smoke regular cigarettes, a new study finds. They are also less likely to quit smoking, The New York Times reports.


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A government panel said this week there is insufficient evidence about the best way for doctors to persuade children and teens not to use drugs.


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Top headlines of the week from Friday, March 7- Thursday, March 13, 2014.


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Many people in recovery face an overwhelming array of discriminatory barriers as a result of their addiction and/or criminal histories, which make it difficult to obtain employment, housing, education, public benefits and other necessities of life, says the Legal Action Center.


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Some addiction experts say the U.S. government’s fight against prescription drug abuse may have inadvertently contributed to the rise in heroin use, according to The Washington Post.


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The number of young adults in the U.S. taking medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) nearly doubled from 2008 to 2012, according to Express Scripts, the nation’s largest prescription drug manager, The New York Times reports.


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West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin this week called on Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to overrule the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to approve the pure hydrocodone drug Zohydro ER (extended release).


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Jails and prisons are signing up inmates for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, according to The New York Times.


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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday called the increase in heroin overdoses “an urgent and growing public health crisis,” The Washington Post reports.


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Substance abuse treatment providers say patients are having problems getting their care covered, even though such treatment is now considered an essential health benefit under the Affordable Care Act.


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