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  1. A Billion Smokers, 240 Million Alcohol Abusers

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Tobacco and alcohol take a big toll on the health of people around the world, a new global survey shows. The research suggests that about a billion people -- more than 20 percent of the world's adult population -- smoke, a

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  2. It May Soon Be Possible to Easily 'Brew' Narcotics

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People may soon be able to "homebrew" narcotics using genetically modified baker's yeast and a vat of simple sugar, warn researchers, who are calling for strict regulation of this upcoming scientific breakthrough. Scienti

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  3. Medical Pot and Prescription Painkiller Combo

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Medical marijuana users don't appear to increase their risk for drug or alcohol abuse if they also take prescription painkillers, a new study finds. While many people use medical marijuana as an alternative to narcotic (opi

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  4. ER Practices Key to Helping Painkiller Addicts

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A comparison of three treatments for narcotic painkiller addiction found that patients given the medication buprenorphine in the emergency department do better than those given only referrals. Addiction to prescr

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  5. Heroin Use Levels Off in U.S., But Still High

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Levels of heroin use in the United States have stabilized but are still high, federal officials reported Thursday. In 2013, about 681,000 Americans aged 12 and older said they had used heroin in the past year. That numb

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  6. 'Tamper-Proof' Painkiller May Be Curbing Abuse

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Narcotic painkillers that have features that make them hard to abuse may be linked to a drop in both the number of prescriptions and overdoses of these drugs, a new study finds. After a tamper-resistant form of OxyConti

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  7. Synthetic Pot Sends Hundreds to ERs in AL, MS

    April 17, 2015 -- In the past month, more than 300 people in Alabama and Mississippi have sought emergency care after using synthetic marijuana, according to health officials. Synthetic marijuana, also called spice, is sold illegally in convenience stores. Officials said there have been 227 spice-re

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  8. New Synthetic Drug 'Flakka' Triggers Crazed Behaviors

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A potent new designer drug called "flakka" is making headlines across the United States, driving many users into fits of screaming, naked rage accompanied by vivid hallucinations. Why naked? Because the drug sends bod

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  9. Prescription Drug Abuse: Who Gets Addicted?

    Jason first became addicted to prescription pills when he was a teen, after a doctor prescribed a powerful drug to treat his migraine headaches. "It took care of the migraine, but I found myself taking [the painkillers] even when I didn't have the migraine, because I just enjoyed that euphoric numbn

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  10. One-Quarter of Narcotic Painkillers Misused

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Almost a quarter of powerful narcotic painkillers that are prescribed for chronic pain are misused, and the rate of addiction among patients hovers near 10 percent, a new review shows. The findings raise questions about

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