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  1. Ecstasy Use Tied to Rare Blood Vessel Problem

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A teen who took the street drug called "ecstasy" suffered a potentially deadly bulge in his spinal cord artery, doctors said. This condition -- called a posterior spinal artery aneurysm -- occurs when the artery wall weak

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  2. 1 in 10 Deaths Among Adults Tied to Alcohol: CDC

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- One in 10 deaths among U.S. adults is linked to excessive alcohol consumption, federal officials reported Thursday. While people often link drinking with deaths from motor vehicle accidents and chronic liver disease, m

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  3. Today's Heroin Abusers Often Middle-Class: Study

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Today's typical heroin user is a middle-class suburban dweller who started off with prescription painkillers, a new study reports. Once mainly a problem of teens living in impoverished neighborhoods in large cities, heroin

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  4. Sharp Rise in ER Visits Tied to Abuse of Sedative

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There's been a steep increase in the number of Americans being treated at emergency departments for abuse of the sedative alprazolam, best known as Xanax, federal officials reported Thursday. The number of emergency depar

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  5. Prescription Drug Use Continues to Climb in U.S.

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Prescription drugs are playing an increasingly larger role in U.S. life, with nearly half of all Americans taking one or more medications. Among adults, the most common prescription drugs are for cardiovascular disease

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  6. Several Medications Can Help People Quit Drinking: Study

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new review finds that several drugs can help curb the desire to drink alcohol, but the researchers note that these medications are rarely prescribed. Acamprosate (Campral) and naltrexone (Revia), along with support fro

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  7. Legal Medical Marijuana May Not Raise Teen Pot Use

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- American teens' use of marijuana doesn't increase when states approve the drug for medical use, a new study finds. "Any time a state considers legalizing medical marijuana, there are concerns from the public about an incr

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  8. FDA OKs Quick-Acting Antidote for Prescription Painkiller Overdose

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People suffering a potentially fatal narcotic overdose now can receive lifesaving treatment from folks around them, using a new device just approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Evzio is a hand-held auto i

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  9. Life After Rehab

    You’ve seen it in the tabloids: The celebrity with a history of drug or alcohol problems checks back into a treatment center -- or loses their life because of addiction. We shake our heads and wonder what went wrong. Here’s the thing: Relapse is a common part of the ongoing recovery process. Just li

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  10. Going to Rehab

    If you can’t stop using alcohol or drugs, even when your use harms your health, job, or family, you may need to go to rehab.  That’s the common name for a drug rehabilitation center. It can be part of a hospital, or it can be a single facility, that offers intense care for addiction. Doctors, nurses

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