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    1. Edible Pot Sends Toddlers to Colorado ERs

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Young children in Colorado are winding up in the emergency room after ingesting pot-laced goodies left out in the open by adults, doctors report. In 2014, Colorado and Washington became the first two states to legalize r

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    2. Opioid Abusers Missing Out on Anti-Addiction Drug

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors aren't using one of the most effective weapons at their disposal in battling addiction to prescription painkillers -- the anti-addiction drug Suboxone, a new study finds. A review of Medicare claims showed tha

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    3. Implant Effective at Combating Opioid Dependence

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Addicts are twice as likely to kick their dependence on heroin or prescription painkillers if they receive a new long-acting implant rather than a daily treatment pill, a new clinical trial shows. The implant, sold unde

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    4. Synthetic Pot Overdoses on the Rise in U.S.

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Synthetic marijuana is sending increasing numbers of U.S. users to hospitals, researchers report. Sold under the names K2, Spice and others, synthetic marijuana is a combination of chemicals designed to mimic the high

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    5. Mixing Pot and Tobacco Increases Dependence Risk

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People who mix marijuana with tobacco are at greater risk for dependency and less motivated to find support to quit these drugs, researchers report. One billion people around the globe use tobacco and 182 million p

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    6. Programs to Spot Painkiller Abuse Work

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Programs to reduce prescription painkiller abuse are effective but underused, a new study suggests. Misuse of prescription pain medicines such as hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet), codeine and morphin

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    7. Tighter Opioid Laws in U.S. Haven't Eased Misuse

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. laws designed to curb abuse of opioid painkillers haven't reduced misuse or overdoses by disabled Medicare beneficiaries, a new study suggests. Between 2006 and 2012, states enacted 81 laws to control use of powe

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    8. CDC Warns of Lethal Racing Fuel-Soft Drink Mixture

      June 10, 2016 -- Some teens are putting their lives at risk by drinking a mixture of racing fuel and soft drinks to get drunk, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns. A new CDC report describes the deaths of two 16-year-old boys in Tennessee who died after drinking the mixture at

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    9. New Synthetic Drug Linked to Dozens of Deaths

      June 7, 2016 -- A new synthetic drug called U-47700 has been linked with at least 50 deaths across the United States and several states are trying to halt the spread of the drug, which can be bought online. Georgia, Ohio and Wyoming have taken action to ban the drug, and Kansas law enforcement agenc

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    10. Many Addicts Go Without Meds to Curb Opioid Abuse

      By EJ Mundell HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The United States is in the grip of an epidemic of opioid abuse. However, new research suggests that drugs that help addicts kick their habit after hospitalization are too seldom used. "Given the high rates at which follow-up

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