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Hazards of Secondhand Marijuana Smoke

Source: CBS News | Posted on November 17, 2014

That whiff of pot that drifts your way at a rock concert or outdoor event could damage your heart and blood vessels as much as secondhand cigarette smoke does, preliminary research suggests.

That whiff of pot that drifts your way at a rock concert or outdoor event could damage your heart and blood vessels as much as secondhand cigarette smoke does, preliminary research suggests.

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Energy Drinks Are Hurting Young Kids

Source: TIME | Posted on November 17, 2014

Over 40% of calls to U.S. poison centers concerning energy drinks are for kids under age 6, some of whom reported experiencing symptoms like serious cardiac and neurological problems.

Over 40% of calls to U.S. poison centers concerning energy drinks are for kids under age 6, some of whom reported experiencing symptoms like serious cardiac and neurological problems.

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Ready to Quit Smoking? Here’s What Works Best

Source: USA Today | Posted on November 17, 2014

Thursday is the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, a day on which all smokers will be encouraged to abstain or start making a plan to quit. Find out about the best approaches to quitting.

Thursday is the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, a day on which all smokers will be encouraged to abstain or start making a plan to quit. Find out about the best approaches to quitting.

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Video of the 2014 Texas Red Ribbon Rally

Posted on October 22, 2014

On Thursday, October 16, 5th and 6th graders from around Texas gathered at the State Capitol to rally against drugs before heading inside to participate in a mock legislative session, proposing and voting on anti-drug legislation. Click below for video of the rally, featuring the Texas Children’s Choir and master of ceremonies Mark… continue reading »

On Thursday, October 16, 5th and 6th graders from around Texas gathered at the State Capitol to rally against drugs before heading inside to participate in a mock legislative session, proposing and voting on anti-drug legislation. Click below for video of the rally, featuring the Texas Children’s Choir and master of ceremonies Mark “Police ICE” Gil.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeelDo_ttaA

For more information on Red Ribbon Week in Texas, visit the Partnership for a Drug-Free Texas Red Ribbon page:

http://www.drugfreetexas.org/red-ribbon/

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The Genetic Reason Why Some Drinkers Can’t Stop

Source: TIME | Posted on October 21, 2014

Around 10% of people will develop alcohol disorders, and a new study in mice shows that having a specific genetic strand might be the reason some escalate from moderate to excessive drinkers.

Around 10% of people will develop alcohol disorders, and a new study in mice shows that having a specific genetic strand might be the reason some escalate from moderate to excessive drinkers.

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For Back Pain or Headache, Painkillers Do More Harm than Good

Source: TIME | Posted on September 30, 2014

For the fist time, a major medical organization takes a stand on rampant overuse of opioids for treating back pain, headaches and migraines. Powerful painkillers do little to improve patients’ daily functioning, finds the American Academy of Neurology in a new position statement on opioid painkillers for chronic pain not… continue reading »

For the fist time, a major medical organization takes a stand on rampant overuse of opioids for treating back pain, headaches and migraines. Powerful painkillers do little to improve patients’ daily functioning, finds the American Academy of Neurology in a new position statement on opioid painkillers for chronic pain not related to cancer.

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On Saturday, Dispose of Your Prescription Drugs Safely

Source: CBS News | Posted on September 25, 2014

Saturday is National Prescription Take-Back Day. Over the past four years, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has spearheaded this initiative and has held seven previous Take-Back Days, which are authorized by the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010. As a result, the federal agency has collected more than… continue reading »

Saturday is National Prescription Take-Back Day. Over the past four years, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has spearheaded this initiative and has held seven previous Take-Back Days, which are authorized by the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010. As a result, the federal agency has collected more than 780,000 pounds of old, unwanted or unused pills. The DEA has set up Take-Back sites nationwide from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Visit the agency’s website to find a Take-Back location near you: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html

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