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Liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes can be poisonous, but is not regulated by federal authorities, The New York Times reports.


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A study of smokers finds those who also use e-cigarettes are no more likely to quit smoking after a year, compared with smokers who don’t use the devices.


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Fewer American teens are abusing inhalants, such as spray paint, glue and gasoline, according to a new government report.


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Starbucks announced this week it will add alcohol to its evening menu in thousands of stores around the country. The coffee chain has been testing alcohol sales in Chicago, Atlanta and Southern California.


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Republicans, who have traditionally taken a tough approach on crime, are increasingly opposing mandatory minimum sentences, The New York Times reports. They see the sentences as ineffective, as well as too costly and punitive.


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Medical marijuana researchers are a step closer to being able to start a study on whether the drug helps treat post-traumatic stress disorder, after the Public Health Service gave its approval to the study. The Drug Enforcement Administration must still approve the research.


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Top headlines of the week from Friday, March 14- Thursday, March 20, 2014.


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A number of state legislatures are considering bills banning synthetic drugs, requiring education for doctors who prescribe opioids, and expanding the use of the drug overdose antidote naloxone this session, explains Sherry Green, CEO of the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws.


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Teens’ definition of a “designated driver” can be loose, according to a new survey. About one in five teens say their designated person is allowed to have “a little” alcohol or other drugs, as long as they aren’t too impaired to drive.


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Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg defended the agency’s decision to approve the pure hydrocodone drug Zohydro ER (extended release). At a Senate hearing, Hamburg said, “If appropriately used, it serves an important and unique niche with respect to pain medication and it meets the standards for safety and efficacy.”


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