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  1. Longer Detox for Prescription Pain Med Addiction

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 23 (HealthDay News) -- A longer period of detoxification may be more effective for people being treated for addiction to prescription painkillers called opioids, according to a small new study. Abuse of prescription opioids such as oxycodone, hydro

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  2. 'Krokodil' Drug FAQ

    Sept. 30, 2013 -- A deadly, homemade drug known as krokodil may have made its way from Russia to the U.S. Two people in Arizona are suspected of using the heroin-like drug, which rots the skin from the inside out, says Frank LoVecchio, DO, MPH. He is the co-medical director at the Banner Good Samari

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  3. Intensive Substance-Abuse Treatment Fails to Deliver Better Results: Study

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Treating drug and alcohol addiction with a concentrated approach called chronic care management may be no more effective than a single medical appointment and addiction referral, according to a new study. Results of the year

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  4. 'Bath Salts' Drugs Led to 23,000 ER Visits in One Year: U.S. Report

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Street drugs called "bath salts" were linked to nearly 23,000 emergency department visits in the United States in 2011, a new report says. Bath salts are amphetamine-like stimulants that have become increasingly popular among

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  5. Designated Drivers Often Drink Themselves: Study

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 10 (HealthDay News) -- Having a designated driver sounds like a great idea, but a new study found that more than one-third of those who were supposed to drive their pals home safely had been boozing it up themselves. And some were legally drunk. The s

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  6. Beer's Taste May Trigger Urge to Get Drunk

    By Barbara Bronson Gray HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 15 (HealthDay News) -- Just as the smell of freshly brewed coffee may compel you to pour a steaming cup of java, a small taste of beer may activate part of your brain's reward system and trigger the urge for more, a new study suggests. Researc

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  7. 'Bath Salts' Drug Trend: Expert Q&A

    "Ivory Wave," "Purple Wave," Vanilla Sky," and "Bliss" are among the many street names of so-called designer drugs known as “bath salts,” which have sparked thousands of calls to poison centers across the U.S. These drugs contain synthetic chemicals that are similar to amphetamines. Some, but not al

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  8. Mother's Drinking May Raise Risk of Infant's Death

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Children of women who are diagnosed with an alcohol disorder during pregnancy or within a year after giving birth have a three-fold higher risk of dying from SIDS -- sudden infant death syndrome -- compared to babies whose mo

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  9. Drug Abuse More Likely Among High School Dropouts

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 19 (HealthDay News) -- The link between poor academic performance and substance abuse just got stronger, with a new U.S. government report showing ties between the two. High school seniors who dropped out of school before graduating were more

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  10. Four Loko Must List Alcohol Content on Can: FTC

    FRIDAY, Feb. 15 (HealthDay News) -- The maker of a carbonated alcoholic drink that is popular on college campuses will now be required to disclose exactly how much alcohol is in each container, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday. The new labeling is part of a settlement over deceptive ma

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