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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Smartphone App May Help People Overcome Alcoholism

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A smartphone application, or "app," designed to tackle addiction has helped recovering alcoholics stay sober or reduce their risky drinking, a new clinical trial reports. Participants using the A-CHESS app were 65 pe

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  6. Weed Use Up, Cocaine Use Down, U.S. Report Finds

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Americans' use of cocaine fell by half from 2006 to 2010, but marijuana use increased by more than 30 percent during that time, according to a new report. The spike in pot use may be due to an increase in the number of pe

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  7. Hangovers Don't Delay the Next Drink, Study Finds

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Hangovers don't influence when people will have their next drink, according to a new study that challenges some common beliefs. Although many people say having another drink will help cure a hangover, others think

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  8. 1 in 3 Tennesseans Uses Narcotic Painkillers

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- One of every three Tennesseans fills a prescription for narcotic painkillers at least once a year, creating a free-floating pool of available medication that helps feed the state's growing problem with prescription drug

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  9. U.S. Officials Target Escalating Drug Overdoses

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 11 (HealthDay News) -- As deaths from heroin and prescription painkillers mount across the United States, government officials are searching for ways to stem the toll of addiction. The death last week of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman,

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  10. Synthetic Pot Tied to Surge of Emergency Cases

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors in Colorado are sounding an alarm about the dangers of synthetic marijuana after seeing a surge of emergency cases tied to its use. The products, sold under names like Black Mamba, Crazy Clown, K2 and Spice, se

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