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Treat Addiction in Prisons to Reduce Opioid Deaths

A treatment program for opioid addiction launched by the Rhode Island Department of Corrections was associated with a significant drop in drug overdose deaths after inmates were released—and contributed to an overall drop in overdose deaths statewide, a new study finds.

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Opioid Crisis Hits Hardest in Areas Hit by Climate Stress, Declining Farm Incomes

The overprescribing of opioid-based painkillers may be the main, but not sole, driver of the increased abuse of opioids in rural America.

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Marijuana Use Doesn't Affect the Odds of Getting Pregnant

Marijuana use—by either men or women—does not appear to lower a couple’s chances of getting pregnant, according to a new study.

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To Cut Smoking's Harm, Switch to Vaping?

Alternative nicotine products like e-cigarettes are emerging as a promising option for people who are trying to quit smoking, a new article that focuses on harm minimization and smoking cessation suggests.

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To Fight the Opioid Epidemic, Take Big Pharma to Court?

Litigation against drug manufacturers that produce and distribute opioids could be a promising option in the fight against the opioid addiction crisis, according to a new article.

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Is Kratom Safe Enough for the Fight Against Opioids?

A review of 57 years of international scientific evidence may help change the perception of kratom and restore its potential as a public health tool that deserves more research.

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THC Could Keep HIV Patients Mentally Sharp

Researchers have found that a chemical in marijuana, called tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, could potentially slow the process of mental decline that affects up to 50 percent of HIV patients.

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3 Harmful Myths About the Opioid Epidemic

Between 2015 and 2016, drug overdose deaths went from 33,095 to 59,000, the largest annual jump ever recorded in the United States. That number is expected to continue unabated for the next several years.

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The Kids Are Alright: Today's Teens Aren't As Into Drugs, Alcohol, or Theft

Today’s teens are far less likely to abuse alcohol, nicotine, and illicit drugs, and are also less likely to engage in delinquent behaviors, such as fighting and stealing, according to a study of more than 200,000 teens.

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Teens Thinking Fake Weed is Safer Than Real Weed Are Making a Big Mistake

Three percent of high school seniors in a recent study reported current use of synthetic cannabinoids, and nearly half of those users said they used the drugs more than three times in the past month.

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