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Entries for July 2011

When parents find out their teen is abusing drugs or alcohol, the family’s immediate focus is generally on getting help for the teen. But parents are often in great need of help themselves. A new toll-free, bilingual phone helpline is providing that assistance.


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Punishments for drunk driving vary widely by location, ranging from receiving a ticket to landing in jail for a first-time offense, according to USA Today.


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The Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill on Thursday that would ban the stimulant drugs known as “bath salts.”


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The Army is trying to fill 130 substance-abuse counselor positions by October 1, the Army News Service reports.


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Activating a specific brain receptor may reduce the appeal of cocaine, a new study in mice suggests.


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A growing number of babies born in Florida are addicted to prescription drugs. CNN reports that the state recorded 635 such births in the first half of 2010.


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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Alcohol-Related Disease Impact (ARDI) online application has been redesigned to make it easier to use. ARDI provides information that increases understanding of the health consequences of excessive alcohol use throughout the United States.


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Vermont officials say prescription drug abuse in the state is becoming a crisis. They are quickly trying to find ways to address the growing problem.


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Following the institution of an Indiana law requiring anyone buying and carrying out alcohol to show identification, regardless of their age, state inspectors report fewer of the state’s liquor stores, bars and restaurants are selling alcohol to those under 21.


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The Marin Institute, which organizes campaigns to reduce alcohol-related harm, announced it has changed its name to “Alcohol Justice.” The organization said its new name better reflects its national and global reach, and clarifies its mission.


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