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  1. ER Visits Linked to Synthetic Pot More Than Double

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The number of visits to U.S. emergency rooms linked to synthetic pot -- also known as "K2" or "Spice" -- have more than doubled in recent years, U.S. officials reported Thursday. "Synthetic cannabinoids are a growing pub

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  2. Heroin Overdose Deaths Doubled in Much of U.S.

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Deaths from heroin overdoses doubled from 2010 to 2012, U.S. federal health officials reported Thursday. The new report included data from 28 states that account for 56 percent of the U.S. population. This big increase

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  3. Most Painkiller Abusers Unprepared for Overdose

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although teens and young adults who abuse prescription painkillers face a high risk of overdose, most don't know how to respond when one occurs, new research shows. At issue is the increasingly popular, non-medicinal use of

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  4. Doctors' Group Issues Painkiller Guidelines

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The risks of powerful narcotic painkillers outweigh their benefits for treating chronic headaches, low back pain and fibromyalgia, a new statement from the American Academy of Neurology says. Narcotic, or opioid, painkill

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  5. Earlier First Drink, Higher Problem Drinking Risk

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Both drinking and getting drunk at an early age are key risk factors for alcohol abuse by high school students, a new study suggests. The conclusions, based on a survey of high school students who drink, could he

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  6. Deaths From Narcotic Painkillers

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Americans dying from accidental overdoses of narcotic painkillers jumped significantly from 1999 to 2011, federal health officials reported Tuesday. Deaths from overdoses of drugs such as hydrocodone (Vic

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  7. Teens' Daily Marijuana Use Linked to Poor Outcomes

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who use marijuana on a daily basis before they reach the age of 17 are more likely to have certain long-term problems than their non-using peers, new research from Australia suggests. Compared to non-using teens, the s

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  8. 'Pot Addiction' May Be Real, Study Suggests

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Many people believe that marijuana is not addictive, but a new study challenges that theory. "As more people are able to obtain and consume cannabis legally for medical and, in some states, recreational use, people are less lik

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  9. Is Any Amount of Alcohol Good For Us?

    Aug. 29, 2014 -- To drink or not to drink? It's a question not easily answered, at least when it comes to our health. Although we’ve heard for years that moderate drinking is good for our hearts, several recent studies have questioned that long-held belief. And earlier this year, the World Health Or

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  10. Doctor-Shopping for Painkillers Common After This

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- About one in five patients operated on for broken bones or other orthopedic trauma shops around for additional painkillers after surgery, a new study finds. Less-educated patients and patients who had used narcotic painkil

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