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  1. Pot Potency at Record High

    June 12, 2008 -- Marijuana potency reached a record high in 2007, making it more dangerous, government officials report. University of Mississippi researchers tracked the potency of nearly 62,800 marijuana samples seized in the U.S. by government officials since 1975. They found that in 2007, seized

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  2. Risky Ritual: 21 Drinks at Age 21

    May 20, 2008 -- How did you celebrate turning age 21? A study shows that most students at one Midwestern university drank, with some celebrating with a risky ritual of consuming 21 drinks. Researchers at the University of Missouri found that when they asked 2,518 students at an unnamed university in

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  3. White House Warns of Pot-Depression Link

    May 9, 2008 -- White House officials issued a report Friday citing growing evidence of a connection between marijuana use and depression in teens. The White House reports that 25% of adolescents who have been depressed at some point in the past year have used marijuana, compared with 12% of non-depr

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  4. Withdrawal Symptoms From Smoking Pot?

    May 8, 2008 (Washington) -- Heavy pot users who quit cold turkey may find themselves lighting up again to quell withdrawal symptoms, researchers say. In a study of nearly 500 marijuana smokers who tried to kick the habit, about one-third resumed use to relieve or avoid withdrawal symptoms such as ir

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  5. More Women Drinking More

    May 6, 2008 -- Hard-fought gains in women's rights come with an unwanted gain: rising rates of alcoholism in women born after 1953. Women's pay rates haven't yet caught up with men's -- and neither have their alcoholism rates. But in the alcohol category, women are gaining fast, find Richard A. Gruc

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  6. Teens’ Drinking Habits Tough to Swallow

    March 24, 2008 -- Federal data released Monday suggest that millions of American teens are drinking frequently and heavily. The report concludes that about 11 million adolescents and young adults between ages 12 and 20 are "current drinkers," having consumed alcohol within the past month, according

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  7. Drugs, Alcohol, Despair: State Rankings

    March 6, 2008 -- A new government report shows how states rank in terms of substance use and mental health. The report covers a wide swath of topics, including underage drinking, cigarette use, illicit drug use, and depression. The bottom line: "Every state and region must confront these issues," Te

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  8. Pot, Tobacco Withdrawal Equally Rough

    Jan. 30, 2008 -- Marijuana withdrawal symptoms are similar to tobacco withdrawal symptoms, new research shows. Both types of withdrawal can prompt anxiety, irritability, restlessness, sleep problems, strange dreams, and other symptoms, according to Johns Hopkins University's Ryan Vandrey, PhD, and c

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  9. Pop Songs: Drug Use Is Popular

    Nov. 7, 2007 -- The songs may change, but one theme remains the same: Popular songs often portray alcohol and drug use in a positive light. The latest study of the issue comes in an analysis of the 279 most popular songs of 2005 by Brian A. Primack, MD, and colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh

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  10. Seizure Drug May Treat Alcoholism

    Oct. 9, 2007 -- The seizure and migraine medication Topamax shows promise for treating alcohol dependence, a study shows. But use of the drug for this purpose is not without controversy. Alcohol-dependent patients in the University of Virginia study who took Topamax for three and a half months avera

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