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    1. Why Heavy Drinking May Boost Desire to Smoke More

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The reason alcoholics struggle to stop smoking may be because their heavy drinking speeds up how quickly their body breaks down nicotine, a new study suggests. "Our study showed that chronic heavy alcohol consumption may

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    2. Marriage a Buffer Against Drinking Problems?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Married people are less likely to have drinking problems than single people, and that protective effect is particularly strong among those with a family history of alcoholism, a new study suggests. "While clinicians have l

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    3. Fatal Pot-Linked Crashes Up After WA Legalization

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The number of fatal car crashes involving marijuana more than doubled after Washington state legalized the sale of the drug, a new study finds. Marijuana became legal in Washington in December 2012, researchers sai

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    4. What DEA Pot Rule Change May Mean for Research

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Most doctors approach medical marijuana with a great deal of uncertainty, because drug laws have hindered researchers' ability to figure out what pot can and can't do for sick patients. That could soon change. The U.S. D

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    5. Addicts Using Diarrhea Drug Imodium to Get High

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Searching for an alternative to opioid painkillers such as Oxycontin and Vicodin, some addicts are now turning to the diarrhea drug Imodium for a high, researchers say. This abuse of Imodium -- with its key ingredient, lop

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    6. Opioid Epidemic Fueling Hospitalizations, Costs

               By Shefali Luthra        Every day, headlines detail the casualties of the nation’s surge in heroin and prescription painkiller abuse: the funerals, the broken families and the patients cycling in and out of treatment. Now, a new study sheds light on another repercussion — how this public h

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    7. Counterfeit Opioid Poisonings Spread To Bay Area

               By Barbara Feder Ostrov        An outbreak of poisonings linked to a counterfeit prescription painkiller — previously seen in the Sacramento region — has reached the Bay Area, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.        The CDC reported Tuesday that seven patients were treated

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    8. Heavy Pot Use in Teens Linked to Shortened Life

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Men who were heavy pot smokers in their teens may not live as long as those who did not use marijuana when they were young, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data from more than 45,000 men in Sweden who did compu

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    9. Painkiller May Be New Heroin Addiction Treatment

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Hydromorphone -- an opioid painkiller -- may be another treatment option for heroin addiction, a new Canadian study suggests. The research included more than 200 heroin addicts in Vancouver. They hadn't responded to com

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    10. Monthly Shot Cuts Relapse Risk in Opioid Addicts

      March 30, 2016 -- It’s been called a magic shot or miracle drug for opioid addiction. The medication, a once-monthly injection called Vivitrol, appears to cut the risk of relapse in half, at least while people get the shots. “I think this deserves a lot of attention,” said Francis Collins, MD, PhD,

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