substance abuse

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Report: Lax laws overseeing Calif. drug counselors

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A state Senate oversight report finds that at least 23 sex offenders have been approved to work as drug and alcohol counselors in California over the past eight years. A Fresno […]

05/14/2013

Unused RX

Study: Lax attitude on teens and Rx drug abuse

WASHINGTON (AP) — More parents need to talk with their teens about the dangers of abusing Ritalin, Adderall and other prescription drugs, suggests a new study that finds discouraging trends on kids and drug use.

04/22/2013

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FDA says longer use of nicotine products is OK

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration says smokers that are trying to quit can safely use nicotine gum, patches and lozenges for longer than previously recommended.

04/01/2013

Don’t tell kids about past drug use, study finds

OK, so you smoked a few joints, and maybe even tried something stronger. You’re thinking that sharing your experiences with your kids will help drive home the anti-drug message. But a new report suggests you re-think that approach.

02/25/2013

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Army seeks better mental health coordination

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — Army leadership is looking to improve coordination between its mental health programs and other soldier-resilience efforts.

02/04/2013

Patrick Kennedy

Ex-RI Rep. Kennedy lobbies against legal marijuana

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Former Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy says he’s established a group to lobby against legalized marijuana. The ex-congressman says efforts around the United States to legalize marijuana are well-intentioned but misguided.

01/08/2013

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High or dry? Staying sober for New Year’s Eve

NEW YORK (AP) — Jennifer Perry isn’t much of a drinker. Never has been, yet she’s ready every New Year’s Eve for the inevitable attention when she’s out trying to have a good time.

12/20/2012

Addiction counselor charged with murder in DUI

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) – Los Angeles County prosecutors have filed murder and drunken-driving charges against a substance abuse counselor who allegedly struck a pedestrian and drove for more than two miles with the dying victim […]

11/27/2012

Federal survey produces mixed findings on drug abuse

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal officials see some improvement in national substance abuse trends, but also some concerns. Among the data they find encouraging in the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health is a […]

09/24/2012

Housing the homeless

(AP) – Los Angeles County authorities have announced a plan to take 1,000 chronically homeless people off the streets. The program announced Thursday will spend $105 million in government and donated funds to move the […]

08/16/2012

Report: Too little mental health care for boomers

(AP) – Getting older doesn’t just mean a risk for physical ailments like heart disease and bum knees: A new report finds as many as 1 in 5 seniors has a mental health or substance […]

07/10/2012