substance abuse

FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2014, file photo, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith (99) watches from the sideline during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Denver Broncos in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

49ers linebacker Aldon Smith suspended by NFL

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been suspended for nine games by the NFL after a series of off-field legal issues. A statement Friday from the league said Smith […]

08/29/2014

Sherri Lynn Wilkins gets emotional in court during sentencing Thursday June 12, 2014 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

LA substance counselor gets prison in DUI death

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A substance-abuse counselor who struck a pedestrian with her car and drove through a Los Angeles suburb with the dying man on her windshield was sentenced Thursday to 55 years to […]

06/12/2014

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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

Nicotine patch on arm. (AP Photo)

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

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