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Entries for September 2011

Substance abuse treatment providers must start making changes now so they are ready when the Affordable Care Act is implemented in 2014, says Dr. Thomas Freese.


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Almost one-third of workers in mining, construction, and the accommodation and food service industries smoke, compared with about 20 percent of the general U.S. adult population, according to a new survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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How much the friends of a teenager’s boyfriend or girlfriend drink can have more influence on the teen’s drinking habits than their own friends or romantic partner, a new study suggests.


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Tobacco companies were aware of the dangers of a radioactive substance in cigarettes as early as 1959, but hid this knowledge from the public, according to a new study.


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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has told all federally licensed firearms dealers that anyone who uses marijuana, including medical marijuana, is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.


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Local governments in southern states are starting to look to alcohol sales as a way to boost revenues.


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Welfare applicants in Florida are less likely than Americans in general to use drugs. The state compiled the figures as part of a new state law that requires drug tests for welfare applicants.


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Four Americans are receiving marijuana from the federal government, the result of a 1976 court settlement, according to the Associated Press.


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Police and medical professionals in Maine say use of “bath salts” is becoming an epidemic. They have witnessed a growing number of people acting strangely—and dangerously—while under the influence of the synthetic drugs.


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A review of studies looking at newer antipsychotic drugs prescribed “off label” for conditions including substance use and eating disorders finds they are not effective in treating these conditions.


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