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In general, alcohol and other drug use is lower among Asians than most other ethnic groups in the U.S. But there are some strong differences in drinking and drug use among various Asian-American communities, a new report finds.
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Mexican President Felipe Calderon asked members of the U.S. Congress to ramp up action to reduce illegal drug use in the United States to help fight the war against narcotics traffickers at the U.S.-Mexico border.
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A small research study indicates that teenagers may experience the release of the brain's pleasure-and-reward chemical dopamine more acutely than children or adults.
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Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) doctors are forbidden from recommending medical marijuana for patients even in states that allow medical use of the drug.
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Current users of ecstasy -- those using about two tablets of the drug monthly -- had lower levels of serotonin transporter (SERT) in the cerebral cortex of their brains, according to Canadian researchers who successfully replicated a smaller study from Johns Hopkins University.
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Like many other studies, new research from France concludes that moderate alcohol drinkers have a lower risk of heart disease than abstainers. However, researchers said that moderate drinkers also tend to have a higher social status, get more exercise, had better levels of "good" cholesterol, are less depressed and are generally healthier -- factors that may have more to do with their coronary health than how much they drink.
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Price controls and marketing regulations are among 10 policy options outlined in a resolution aimed at cutting excessive alcohol use, which was endorsed this week by the 193 member states of the World Health Organization (WHO).
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Local officials and school administrators in Colorado are struggling to reconcile the state's medical-marijuana laws with school drug policies.
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Adolescents are being bombarded with alcohol marketing online as firms exploit new-media tools and lax regulation to put their brand images and information in front of young drinkers, according to a new report.
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Addiction and mental-health parity may be the law of the land, but it doesn't seem to be preventing insurers from limiting access to such services in states like Massachusetts.
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