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    1. Pot 'Dabbing' Poses Risk of Serious Burns

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A potentially hazardous form of marijuana use called "dabbing" is growing in popularity across the United States, researchers warn. In dabbing, users inhale through a water pipe the vapor from "dabs" of waxy or solid mar

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    2. Synthetic Pot a Growing Danger, CDC Report Finds

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Calls to poison centers for problems caused by synthetic marijuana spiked more than 220 percent since last year, according to a new U.S. government report. That includes a 330 percent increase in calls from January 201

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    3. 3 in 10 Have Drinking Problem at Some Point

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 30 percent of Americans have a problem with alcohol at some point in their lives, ranging from binge drinking to full-blown alcoholism, but less than 20 percent are ever treated, a new study found. Alcohol use d

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    4. ‘$5 Insanity’: What You Should Know About Flakka

      May 21, 2015 -- Some call it “$5 Insanity.” Flakka, a new designer drug, is surging in popularity. Poison control centers in states including Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas are responding to an increasing number of incidents involving it. Here’s what you need to know: What is flakka? It’s

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    5. A Billion Smokers, 240 Million Alcohol Abusers

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Tobacco and alcohol take a big toll on the health of people around the world, a new global survey shows. The research suggests that about a billion people -- more than 20 percent of the world's adult population -- smoke, a

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    6. Secondhand Pot Smoke Can Give Others Mild 'High'

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In unventilated rooms or vehicles, secondhand marijuana smoke can affect people who aren't smoking the drug, a new study finds. In those situations, nonsmokers can have "mild intoxication," memory and coordination problems

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    7. It May Soon Be Possible to Easily 'Brew' Narcotics

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People may soon be able to "homebrew" narcotics using genetically modified baker's yeast and a vat of simple sugar, warn researchers, who are calling for strict regulation of this upcoming scientific breakthrough. Scienti

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    8. Medical Pot and Prescription Painkiller Combo

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Medical marijuana users don't appear to increase their risk for drug or alcohol abuse if they also take prescription painkillers, a new study finds. While many people use medical marijuana as an alternative to narcotic (opi

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    9. ER Practices Key to Helping Painkiller Addicts

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A comparison of three treatments for narcotic painkiller addiction found that patients given the medication buprenorphine in the emergency department do better than those given only referrals. Addiction to prescr

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    10. Heroin Use Levels Off in U.S., But Still High

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Levels of heroin use in the United States have stabilized but are still high, federal officials reported Thursday. In 2013, about 681,000 Americans aged 12 and older said they had used heroin in the past year. That numb

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