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  1. Energy Drinks May Raise Risk for Alcohol Problems

    Nov. 16, 2010 -- Drinking energy drinks daily or even on a weekly basis may increase your risk of developing alcohol problems. The new findings, which appear online in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, are especially concerning given the trend of mixing alcohol with high-caffeine energy

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  2. Experts: Alcohol More Harmful Than Crack or Heroin

    Nov. 1, 2010 -- Alcohol abuse is more harmful than crack or heroin abuse, according to a new study by a former British government drug advisor and other experts. Neuropharmacologist David Nutt, MD, of Imperial College London, and colleagues rated 20 different drugs on a scale that takes into account

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  3. Teens Lie About Drug Abuse

    Oct. 25, 2010 -- Teens substantially underreport their use of cocaine and other illicit drugs, even when they know a drug test looms, a new study finds. The findings, which appear in the November issue of Pediatrics, call attention to the need for more reliable methods than self-report when it comes

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  4. Teen Binge Drinking Linked to Attention Problems

    Oct. 19, 2010 -- Teens who binge drink may be more likely to experience problems with attention as well as making decisions and carrying them out (executive function), a study shows. The study, published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, also shows that teens who smoke marijuana tend

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  5. FDA OKs Drug to Treat Opioid Addiction

    Oct. 14, 2010 -- The FDA has approved a drug already used to treat alcohol dependence to help treat patients with addiction to heroin, morphine, and other opioids, including prescription painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin. Vivitrol, a long-acting formulation of naltrexone given by injection o

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  6. ‘Poppers’ May Cause Vision Loss

    Oct. 13, 2010 -- "Poppers," the street name for inhaled alkyl nitrite, may produce more than just a “rush.” They can also cause vision loss, according to researchers in Paris, who report on four such cases in this week's New England Journal of Medicine. Within a few seconds of inhaling the vapors fr

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  7. Economy Driving Americans to Drink?

    Oct. 5, 2010 -- More Americans are drinking alcohol, and the increase is seen in three major ethnic groups -- whites, blacks, and Hispanics, according to a new study. “The reasons for the uptick vary and may involve complex socio-demographic changes in the population, but the findings are clear,” sa

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  8. CDC: Binge Drinking 'Huge U.S. Health Problem'

    Oct. 5, 2010 -- Binge drinking is a "huge public health problem" in the U.S., yet most of us don't know it's a problem, the CDC today announced. Because 80% of binge drinkers are not alcoholics, it's not recognized as a problem, CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH, said today at a news teleconferen

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  9. More Americans Using Illicit Drugs

    Sept. 17, 2010 -- Driven by increases in marijuana smoking, illicit drug use rose in 2009 to 8.7% of the population aged 12 years and older, up slightly from 8% in 2008, according to a new report. The report also shows that the non-medical use of prescription drugs rose from 2.5% of the population i

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  10. Prescription Drug Use on the Rise in U.S.

    Sept. 2, 2010 -- Prescription drug use in the U.S. has been rising steadily in the past decade and the trend shows no signs of slowing, the CDC says in a new report. The study, published in the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief No. 42, says the percentage of Americans who took a

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