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U.S. Painkiller Abuse ‘Epidemic’ May Be Declining, Study Says

Source: HealthDay | Posted on January 21, 2015

The U.S. “epidemic” of prescription-painkiller abuse may be starting to reverse course, a new study suggests. But researchers also found a disturbing trend: Heroin abuse and overdoses are on the rise, and that may be one reason prescription-drug abuse is down.

The U.S. “epidemic” of prescription-painkiller abuse may be starting to reverse course, a new study suggests. But researchers also found a disturbing trend: Heroin abuse and overdoses are on the rise, and that may be one reason prescription-drug abuse is down.

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Washington State Attorney General Seeks to Raise Smoking Age to 21

Source: Reuters | Posted on January 21, 2015

Washington state’s top lawyer was set to unveil legislation on Wednesday seeking to raise the legal smoking age to 21 from 18 in a move that could make the state the first in the nation with such a threshold, his office said.

Washington state’s top lawyer was set to unveil legislation on Wednesday seeking to raise the legal smoking age to 21 from 18 in a move that could make the state the first in the nation with such a threshold, his office said.

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Ten states, District of Columbia allow minors to buy e-cigarettes -CDC

Source: Reuters | Posted on December 12, 2014

More than 16 million children in 10 states and the District of Columbia have legal access to electronic cigarettes, according to a federal study released on Thursday. The underage use of e-cigarettes, which are metal tubes that heat liquid into an inhalable vapor, concerns health officials because they contain nicotine,… continue reading »

More than 16 million children in 10 states and the District of Columbia have legal access to electronic cigarettes, according to a federal study released on Thursday. The underage use of e-cigarettes, which are metal tubes that heat liquid into an inhalable vapor, concerns health officials because they contain nicotine, which can be addictive and harm adolescent brain development.

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Raid Hits Longview Stores That Sell Synthetic Drug; Owners Arrested

Source: Longview News-Journal | Posted on December 4, 2014

The owners of three Longview businesses that sold synthetic marijuana were arrested Wednesday in a raid that included dozens of officers from three federal and eight local law enforcement agencies.

The owners of three Longview businesses that sold synthetic marijuana were arrested Wednesday in a raid that included dozens of officers from three federal and eight local law enforcement agencies.

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Marijuana Poisoning Incidents Spike in Washington State

Source: Reuters | Posted on December 4, 2014

Marijuana exposure incidents, or ‘pot poisonings,’ have spiked in Washington state, especially among teenagers, in a trend experts said appears to be linked to the state’s largely unregulated medical marijuana industry.

Marijuana exposure incidents, or ‘pot poisonings,’ have spiked in Washington state, especially among teenagers, in a trend experts said appears to be linked to the state’s largely unregulated medical marijuana industry.

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Scientists Identify Brain Regions That May Predict Success Rate for Quitting Smoking

Posted on December 3, 2014

Activity in the brain’s self-control center may predict the chance of relapse after an attempt to quit smoking, according to new research from Penn Medicine.

Activity in the brain’s self-control center may predict the chance of relapse after an attempt to quit smoking, according to new research from Penn Medicine.

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Colorado Medical Marijuana Doctor Facing Felony Charges

Source: The Denver Post | Posted on December 2, 2014

A Colorado doctor who admitted to writing more than 7,000 medical-marijuana recommendations without actually seeing many of those patients is now facing criminal charges.

A Colorado doctor who admitted to writing more than 7,000 medical-marijuana recommendations without actually seeing many of those patients is now facing criminal charges.

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