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    1. Pot Smokers May Face Greater Risk of Alcohol Abuse

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People who smoke pot may be five times more likely to develop a problem with alcohol, such as addiction, a new study says. Marijuana users who have an alcohol problem may also be less likely to quit drinking, the resear

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    2. Pot Habit Early in Life May Alter Brain

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Young teens who smoke pot may wind up with brains that look strikingly different from those who start using marijuana later in their lives, a new study reports. Early pot use may alter the physical development of a young

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    3. 'Pot Tourists' Tied to Surge in Colorado ER Visits

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Some tourists who have visited Colorado to sample the state's legal marijuana haven't been able to handle their high, prompting a steep increase in pot-related trips to the emergency room, new research indicates. The

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    4. Fatal Overdoses Rising From Some Sedatives

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While deaths from overdoses of heroin and narcotic painkillers like Oxycontin have surged in recent years, a new report finds the same thing is happening with widely used sedatives such as Xanax, Valium and Ativan. In

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    5. More College Students Misusing ADHD Med as Study Aid

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- College students aiming for an academic edge may explain a surge in the misuse of a stimulant commonly prescribed for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), new research suggests. Among U.S. adults, the number

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    6. Long-Term Pot Use May Make Word Recall Tougher

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People who smoke marijuana as young adults may have a slightly harder time remembering words by the time they reach middle age, a new study suggests. However, pot use does not appear to damage or dim other mental capacities, s

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    7. FDA Advisers: Approve Implant for Opioid Addiction

      Jan. 13, 2016 -- An implant for opioid addiction should be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, an agency advisory panel of medical experts says. Opioids include heroin and powerful prescription pain drugs such as hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet), morphine and cod

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    8. Did Painkiller Crackdown Cause Heroin Epidemic?

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Top U.S. drug researchers are challenging a leading theory about the nation's heroin epidemic, saying it's not a direct result of the crackdown on prescription painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin. The commentary,

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    9. Prescriptions Continue After Painkiller ODs

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Even as overdoses from narcotic prescription painkiller reach record levels in the United States, a new report finds that most people who survive such events continue to be prescribed the drugs by their doctors. The new

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    10. Smoke Weed in College and Your Grades May Go to Pot

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- College students who smoke marijuana appear more likely than their peers to skip classes -- which eventually leads to poorer grades and later graduation, a recent study suggests. The study, which followed more than 1,100 col

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