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FDA Approves New Opioid Pain Reliever Designed to be Hard to Abuse

Source: Los Angeles Times | Posted on July 25, 2014

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new form of the powerful and controversial pain reliever OxyContin that is designed to be more resistant to abuse, but experts warned the drug could wind up having the opposite effect. Purdue Pharma’s Targiniq ER combines a long-acting form of the opioid… continue reading »

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new form of the powerful and controversial pain reliever OxyContin that is designed to be more resistant to abuse, but experts warned the drug could wind up having the opposite effect. Purdue Pharma’s Targiniq ER combines a long-acting form of the opioid analgesic oxycodone with the medication naloxone, which is commonly used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

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One in 10 Deaths Among Working-age Adults Due to Excessive Drinking

Source: CDC | Posted on June 26, 2014

Excessive alcohol use accounts for one in 10 deaths among working-age adults ages 20-64 years in the United States, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published today in Preventing Chronic Disease. Excessive alcohol use led to approximately 88,000 deaths per year from 2006 to 2010,… continue reading »

Excessive alcohol use accounts for one in 10 deaths among working-age adults ages 20-64 years in the United States, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published today in Preventing Chronic Disease. Excessive alcohol use led to approximately 88,000 deaths per year from 2006 to 2010, and shortened the lives of those who died by about 30 years.  These deaths were due to health effects from drinking too much over time, such as breast cancer, liver disease, and heart disease; and health effects from drinking too much in a short period of time, such as violence, alcohol poisoning, and motor vehicle crashes.  In total, there were 2.5 million years of potential life lost each year due to excessive alcohol use.

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More Americans Use Cannabis, Seek Treatment: UN Drugs Agency

Source: Reuters | Posted on June 26, 2014

More Americans are consuming cannabis as their perception of the health risks declines, the U.N. drugs agency said on Thursday, suggesting liberalization may further increase its use among the young. In a finding that could feed into an international debate on the decriminalization of marijuana, it said more people around… continue reading »

More Americans are consuming cannabis as their perception of the health risks declines, the U.N. drugs agency said on Thursday, suggesting liberalization may further increase its use among the young. In a finding that could feed into an international debate on the decriminalization of marijuana, it said more people around the world, including in North America, were seeking treatment for cannabis-related disorders.

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CDC releases new round of anti-smoking ads featuring former smokers

Source: Fox News | Posted on June 24, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a new round of aggressive anti-smoking ads, part of its “Tips from Former Smokers” campaign. Featuring real people living with the effects of tobacco use, the ads are scheduled to begin appearing nationwide on July 7.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a new round of aggressive anti-smoking ads, part of its “Tips from Former Smokers” campaign. Featuring real people living with the effects of tobacco use, the ads are scheduled to begin appearing nationwide on July 7.

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Tobacco Companies Have Made Cigarettes Deadlier than Ever

Source: Vox | Posted on June 23, 2014

Over the last five decades, the tobacco industry has engineered cigarettes to be more addictive — and has also made them more dangerous. Smokers suffer from higher risk of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) today compared to 1964, when the very first Surgeon General’s report on cigarettes was… continue reading »

Over the last five decades, the tobacco industry has engineered cigarettes to be more addictive — and has also made them more dangerous. Smokers suffer from higher risk of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) today compared to 1964, when the very first Surgeon General’s report on cigarettes was issued. An infographic from Tobacco Free Kids lays out exactly how cigarettes have changed in the last 50 years.

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AMA Calls for Stricter E-cigarette Regulation

Source: American Medical Association | Posted on June 11, 2014

The American Medical Association adopted a new policy at the 2014 AMA Annual Meeting opposing the sale and marketing of electronic cigarettes and nicotine delivery products to minors. The new policy extends AMA’s existing policy, adopted in 2010, that calls for all e-cigarettes to be subject to the same regulations and oversight that… continue reading »

The American Medical Association adopted a new policy at the 2014 AMA Annual Meeting opposing the sale and marketing of electronic cigarettes and nicotine delivery products to minors. The new policy extends AMA’s existing policy, adopted in 2010, that calls for all e-cigarettes to be subject to the same regulations and oversight that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) applies to tobacco and nicotine products.
 

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50% of Americans Take Prescription Drugs

Source: http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2014/05/14/50-of-americans-take-prescription-drugs/ | Posted on June 6, 2014

About half of all Americans take at least one prescription drug each month, and 10% take more than four, according to a new government report. Consumption of pain medications called opioid analgesics increased 300% between 1999 and 2010, and death rates in people age 15 and older involving these drugs… continue reading »

About half of all Americans take at least one prescription drug each month, and 10% take more than four, according to a new government report. Consumption of pain medications called opioid analgesics increased 300% between 1999 and 2010, and death rates in people age 15 and older involving these drugs more than tripled between 2000 and 2010.

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