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Spike nation

Posted on August 11, 2015

Steve Featherstone, July 8, 2015 The New York Times
Cheap, unpredictable and hard to regulate, synthetic marijuana has emergency responders scrambling to save lives. One evening in April, Ethan Darbee, a 24-year-old paramedic in Syracuse, responded to a call on the city’s south side: unknown man down.
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Tobacco ad rules repealed

Posted on August 11, 2015

David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego repealed many of its tobacco advertising restrictions on Tuesday because they appear to violate First Amendment “free speech” protections and some other federal regulations.
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California ranks 38th in kids’ well-being

Posted on August 11, 2015

Sharon Noguchi, San Jose Mercury News
Parents struggling to earn a living, the effects of poverty and astronomical housing costs all drag down California’s children to the point that an annual national survey ranks the Golden State 38th in the nation in overall child well-being.
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Study: Good access to birth control prevents teen pregnancy, abortion

Posted on June 8, 2015

Karen Kaplan, Fresno Bee
Birth control prevents teenage pregnancies and abortions_when teens know about it and are able to use it.
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Does substance abuse run in families?

Posted on August 11, 2015

Cindy Kazan, Chicago Tribune
Chances are, the recent passing of Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, caused many people to wonder: Does substance abuse run in families?
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CDC says heroin surge tied to prescription opioids

Posted on August 11, 2015

Loren Bonner, Pharmacy Today
A new report from CDC links a rampant heroin addiction epidemic across the United States to the rise in people who are addicted to prescription opioids. Those individuals addicted to prescription opioids are 40 times more likely to be addicted to heroin, according to the findings.
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Hepatitis increasingly goes hand in hand with heroin abuse

Posted on August 11, 2015

Associated Press
Public health agencies and drug treatment centers nationwide are scrambling to battle an explosive increase in cases of hepatitis C, a scourge they believe stems at least in part from a surge in intravenous heroin use.
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Stanford study finds fault with tobacco testimony of six physicians

Posted on August 11, 2015

David Gorn, California Healthline
Six physicians who provide expert testimony on behalf of tobacco companies don’t accurately present the scientific evidence linking smoking to cancer, according to a Stanford study published this week.
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Potent ‘Spice’ Drug Fuels Rise in Visits to Emergency Room

Posted on August 11, 2015

ALAN SCHWARZ, April 24, 2015 The New York Times
A sharp rise in visits to emergency rooms and calls to poison control centers nationwide has some health officials fearing that more potent and dangerous variations of a popular drug known as spice have reached the nation’s streets, resulting in several deaths.

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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