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Entries for March 2012

Addiction is a complex lifelong disease which, if unaddressed, commonly results in death of the patient. Dr. Stuart Gitlow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine asks, shouldn’t we have some research to determine to whom these patients should be referred?


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A federal bill introduced Thursday would link states’ prescription drug monitoring programs. The proposed nationwide system would allow physicians to see if a new patient has a history of drug abuse in another state before writing a prescription.


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Eight states raised cigarette taxes between 2010 and 2011, compared with 15 states in 2009, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As cigarette prices go up, smoking rates decline, according to the CDC.


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New York state has banned the sale of synthetic marijuana, which is sold under brand names such as “Spice,” “K2” and “Mr. Nice Guy,” the Associated Press reports.


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A new thrill-seeking activity popular among teenagers called the “cinnamon challenge” can be risky, warns the American Association of Poison Control Centers. In the cinnamon challenge, teens are dared to swallow a spoonful of ground or powdered cinnamon, without drinking any water.


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People who engage in Internet gambling, such as online poker, are more likely to use alcohol and marijuana than those who gamble offline, a new study suggests.


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Nations negotiating a treaty to stamp out tobacco smuggling are making significant progress, the World Health Organization announced this week.


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Hospitals on the west coast of Florida are reporting a rise in the number of newborns exposed to opioids. Health care providers say prescription drug abuse is to blame.


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New Jersey legislators are considering a number of measures that would relax laws governing alcohol sales, The Wall Street Journal reports.


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Whip-Its—small canisters filled with nitrous oxide—are once again becoming popular among teens and young adults as a recreational drug, ABC News reports.


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