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    1. Prince Died From Fentanyl Overdose

      June 2, 2016 -- Pop superstar Prince, found dead more than a month ago at his estate outside Minneapolis, died from an overdose of the powerful opioid fentanyl, authorities said Thursday. Prince, whose full name was Prince Rogers Nelson, was 57. In its report, the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office l

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    2. Long-Term Pot Use Tied to Gum Disease in Study

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking marijuana for decades may result in gum disease and potential tooth loss, a new study indicates. In an analysis of about 1,000 people who used pot and/or tobacco in New Zealand, those who smoked pot for 20 year

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    3. 1.2 Million College Students Drink on Average Day

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When they're not hitting the books, many U.S. college students are hitting the bars or getting high, a new government report shows. About 1.2 million full-time college students, aged 18 to 22, drink alcohol, and nearly 70

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    4. FDA Approves Implant to Battle Opioid Addiction

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new long-acting implant that can help treat people addicted to heroin and prescription painkillers was approved Thursday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. "Opioid abuse and addiction have taken a devastating t

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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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