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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.

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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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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Tobacco ad rules repealed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San Diego repealed many of its tobacco advertising restrictions on Tuesday because they appear to violate First Amendment “free speech” protections and some other federal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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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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Scientists may have found a way to make you forget that you’re addicted to meth

Posted on August 11, 2015

Michael E. Miller, Washington Post
In the cult-classic “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” Jim Carrey’s character tries to overcome a painful breakup by erasing his memory.
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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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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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