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A Prescription to End Drinking

Posted on June 8, 2015

Melinda Beck, Wall Street Journal
New understanding of how alcohol affects the brain is prompting addiction experts to make a push for using medications to help people quit or cut down on excessive drinking.
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Why colleges haven’t stopped binge drinking

Posted on June 8, 2015

Beth McMurtrie, Chronicle of Higher Education
Despite decades of research, hundreds of campus task forces and millions invested in bold experiments, college drinking in the United States remains as much of a problem as ever.
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Painkiller abuse, a cyclical challenge

Posted on June 8, 2015

Austin Frakt, New York Times
Even as the Food and Drug Administration approves new, powerful opioid-based painkillers, the United States is in the midst of an epidemic of opioid overuse. This is not the first time.
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Drugging Our Kids

Posted on June 8, 2015

Dai Sugano and Karen de Sá, San Jose Mercury News
For the past four months, the Bay Area News Group has been documenting the alarming use of psychiatric medications in California’s foster care system — and the impact on thousands of vulnerable kids who suffer the consequences.
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Risks in Using Social Media to Spot Signs of Mental Distress

Posted on June 8, 2015

Natasha Singer, New York Times
The Samaritans, a well-known suicide-prevention group in Britain, recently introduced a free web app that would alert users whenever someone they followed on Twitter posted worrisome phrases like “tired of being alone” or “hate myself.”
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What’s a few drinks? That’s a recipe for student rape

Posted on June 8, 2015

Jay Mathews, Washington Post
I’m not surprised that University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan didn’t mention alcohol — not even once — in her Nov. 22 statement about the since-discredited report of a gang rape at a fraternity house and her desire to quell sexual abuse on campus.
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New NY law requires childproof packaging for liquid nicotine, bans sale to minors

Posted on June 8, 2015

Jacob Pucci, Syracuse.com
A bill Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law today now requires that liquid nicotine be packaged in childproof containers.
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Half of teen, young adult car crash deaths involve pot or alcohol

Posted on June 8, 2015

Stephanie Pappas, Live Science
Half of the teen and young adult drivers who die in car crashes are under the influence of either pot, alcohol, or both, suggests a new study done in states where toxicology screening for accident victims is routine.
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States gear up to help Medicaid enrollees beat addictions

Posted on June 8, 2015

Christine Vestal, Stateline
Under the Affordable Care Act, millions of low-income adults last year became eligible for Medicaid and subsidized health insurance for the first time. Now states face a huge challenge: how to deal with an onslaught of able-bodied, 18- to 64-year olds who haven’t seen a doctor in years.
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Contra Costa County foster youth’s mysterious death under investigation

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