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Dramatic Rise in the Proportion of Older Americans Admitted for Substance Abuse Treatment from 1992 to 2008

New admissions data show sharp increase in the proportion of older Americans being treated for illicit substances such as cocaine, heroin and marijuana.

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Smoking Cessation, quit smoking, Online smoking-cessation progams, Volunteers needed

Want to Quit Smoking? Study Seeks Adult Smokers Nationwide for a Free, Online Smoking-Cessation Study

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center announced today that it is launching a new online study to help people quit smoking. The study, called WebQuit, is enrolling adult smokers nationwide. Participation is free to eligible individuals.

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New Report Shows Differences in Types and Levels of Substance Use and Mental Illness Problems Experienced by States

Study provides trend data about increases and decreases in behavioral health problems experienced among the states.

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Prenatal Smoking, Low Birthweight, Preterm Delivery

Quitting Smoking Before Pregnancy Could Save Babies’ Lives

If more women quit smoking before they became pregnant, it would save infant lives, concludes a new study from the CDC.

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SAMHSA Awards Grant to American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry for Program to Help Physicians Treat Opioid Addictions

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced it is awarding the Physician Clinical Support System for the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders (PCSS) cooperative agreement grant to the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry based in Providence, Rhode Island. The grant is projected to provide up to a total of $1.5 million in funding over the course of three years.

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All 50 States and DC Continue to Achieve Goals in Restricting Tobacco Sales to Minors Under Synar Program – A State/Federal Partnership

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) today announced that all the states and the District of Columbia have continued to meet their goals of curtailing sales of tobacco to underage youth (those under 18). However, in federal fiscal year 2009, for the first time ever, the data show a slight increase in the average national rate of tobacco sales to underage youth of about one percent.

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New Report Provides Startling Look at Substance Abuse On An Average Day In The Life Of American Adolescents

In 2008 there were a quarter of a million drug-related emergency hospital visits by adolescents.

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Combined Therapies for Alcohol Dependency Reduce Societal Costs

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Combining medications and behavioral interventions for treating alcohol-dependent patients reduces social costs of health care, arrests and motor vehicle accidents, according to a new study by researchers at RTI International, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Pennsylvania and Yale University.

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Study Finds Poker Players Using Drugs to Enhance Performance

A Nova Southeastern University study recently presented at a national conference found that 80 percent of poker players around the world reported using drugs and other substances to enhance their performance in poker.

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Substance Use, Young Adults, Romantic Relationships

Relationships Can Lower Substance Use in Young People

Although researchers aren't ready to start a dating service, they say romantic relationships can reduce substance use in young adults.







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