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To Curb Abuse, Patients Allowed to Return Unused Pills to Pharmacies

Source: New York Times | Posted on September 8, 2014

Concerned by rising rates of prescription drug abuse, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced on Monday that it will permit consumers to return unused prescription medications like opioid painkillers to pharmacies. The move is intended to help reduce stockpiles of unneeded medicines in homes, which are often pilfered by teenagers. Under… continue reading »

Concerned by rising rates of prescription drug abuse, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced on Monday that it will permit consumers to return unused prescription medications like opioid painkillers to pharmacies. The move is intended to help reduce stockpiles of unneeded medicines in homes, which are often pilfered by teenagers. Under the new regulation, patients and their relatives will also be allowed to mail unused prescription drugs to an authorized collector using packages to be made available at pharmacies and other locations like libraries and senior centers.

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CVS Ends Tobacco Sales, Changes Name to Emphasize Health

Source: Bloomberg | Posted on September 4, 2014

CVS Caremark Corp. halted sales of tobacco products almost a month ahead of schedule, started a smoking-cessation campaign, and changed its name to position itself as health-care provider in the growing U.S. market. CVS Health, as the company now calls itself, will forgo $2 billion in annual revenue as it… continue reading »

CVS Caremark Corp. halted sales of tobacco products almost a month ahead of schedule, started a smoking-cessation campaign, and changed its name to position itself as health-care provider in the growing U.S. market. CVS Health, as the company now calls itself, will forgo $2 billion in annual revenue as it becomes the first national pharmacy chain to end tobacco sales.

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Are Females More Susceptible to Effects of Marijuana?

Source: Medical News Today | Posted on September 3, 2014

In the first study to assess sex differences in sensitivities to THC, the key ingredient in cannabis, researchers have found that smoking the concentrated marijuana of today may be riskier for women – thanks to the hormone estrogen.

In the first study to assess sex differences in sensitivities to THC, the key ingredient in cannabis, researchers have found that smoking the concentrated marijuana of today may be riskier for women – thanks to the hormone estrogen.

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Join Texas Recovers for the Big Texas Rally for Recovery, Saturday, Sept. 13th

Source: Texas Recovers | Posted on September 2, 2014

Join thousands of people from across Texas at the State Capitol in Austin for National Recovery Month, Saturday, September 13th, 2014, to show your support for people living in and seeking Recovery in Texas from addiction and co-occurring mental health conditions. Join people in recovery, their family members and friends, addiction treatment professionals… continue reading »

Join thousands of people from across Texas at the State Capitol in Austin for National Recovery Month, Saturday, September 13th, 2014, to show your support for people living in and seeking Recovery in Texas from addiction and co-occurring mental health conditions. Join people in recovery, their family members and friends, addiction treatment professionals and allies in Texas. Let’s spread the positive message that people can and do recover!

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All aboard for Big Texas Rally for Recovery

Source: MYPlainview.com | Posted on September 2, 2014

The Big Texas Rally for Recovery will be held on the State Capitol grounds in Austin on Saturday, Sept. 13, in honor of National Recovery Month for the fifth year in a row.

The Big Texas Rally for Recovery will be held on the State Capitol grounds in Austin on Saturday, Sept. 13, in honor of National Recovery Month for the fifth year in a row.

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September is National Recovery Month

Source: SAMHSA | Posted on September 2, 2014

In its 25th year, Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders. This year’s theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out,” encourages people to openly speak up about mental and substance use disorders and the reality of recovery,… continue reading »

In its 25th year, Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders. This year’s theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out,” encourages people to openly speak up about mental and substance use disorders and the reality of recovery, and promotes ways individuals can use to recognize behavioral health issues and reach out for help. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover.

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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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