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    1. Programs to Spot Painkiller Abuse Work

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Programs to reduce prescription painkiller abuse are effective but underused, a new study suggests. Misuse of prescription pain medicines such as hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet), codeine and morphin

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    2. Tighter Opioid Laws in U.S. Haven't Eased Misuse

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. laws designed to curb abuse of opioid painkillers haven't reduced misuse or overdoses by disabled Medicare beneficiaries, a new study suggests. Between 2006 and 2012, states enacted 81 laws to control use of powe

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    3. Docs Group: Lift Ban on CDC Gun Violence Research

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- On the heels of yet another senseless gun massacre in the United States, the nation's leading physicians' organization is urging more research into gun violence. Specifically, the American Medical Association (AMA) said T

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    4. CDC Warns of Lethal Racing Fuel-Soft Drink Mixture

      June 10, 2016 -- Some teens are putting their lives at risk by drinking a mixture of racing fuel and soft drinks to get drunk, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns. A new CDC report describes the deaths of two 16-year-old boys in Tennessee who died after drinking the mixture at

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    5. New Synthetic Drug Linked to Dozens of Deaths

      June 7, 2016 -- A new synthetic drug called U-47700 has been linked with at least 50 deaths across the United States and several states are trying to halt the spread of the drug, which can be bought online. Georgia, Ohio and Wyoming have taken action to ban the drug, and Kansas law enforcement agenc

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    6. U.S. Army Members and Suicide Risk

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Suicide rates have been increasing among all active U.S. Navy, Air Force and Army personnel, but those in the Army appear to be most at risk, new research indicates. An analysis of all U.S. military suicides between 2005 and 2

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    7. Many Addicts Go Without Meds to Curb Opioid Abuse

      By EJ Mundell HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The United States is in the grip of an epidemic of opioid abuse. However, new research suggests that drugs that help addicts kick their habit after hospitalization are too seldom used. "Given the high rates at which follow-up

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    8. Prince Died From Fentanyl Overdose

      June 2, 2016 -- Pop superstar Prince, found dead more than a month ago at his estate outside Minneapolis, died from an overdose of the powerful opioid fentanyl, authorities said Thursday. Prince, whose full name was Prince Rogers Nelson, was 57. In its report, the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office l

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    9. Long-Term Pot Use Tied to Gum Disease in Study

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking marijuana for decades may result in gum disease and potential tooth loss, a new study indicates. In an analysis of about 1,000 people who used pot and/or tobacco in New Zealand, those who smoked pot for 20 year

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    10. Scans: Brain Region Misfires in Depressed People

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A part of the brain that responds to bad experiences acts in an unexpected way in people with depression, a small study finds. One theory suggested that the pea-sized structure called the habenula was overactive in people

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