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‘Bear Pact’ gives students tools to combat alcohol abuse, sexual assault

BERKELEY - Standing on the stage of Zellerbach Auditorium, David Suratt, associate dean of students, welcomed an attentive crowd of 2,000 undergraduates ...

Scripps Research Institute Scientists Link Alcohol-Dependence Gene to Neurotransmitter

Study Also Confirms Presence of Genetic Variation in Alcohol-Dependent Patient Population ...

Vets’ Alcohol Problems Linked to Stress on the Home Front

Returning National Guardsmen More Likely to Turn to Alcohol than the General Public When Faced with Issues at Home ... Full story

An alcohol-addled youth rarely leads to a healthy adulthood

Young people should be much more shielded from the damages of alcohol, claims Academy Professor Jaakko Kaprio. ... Full story

Penn Study Shows 25 Percent Fewer Opioid-Related Deaths in States Allowing Medical Marijuana

Results Suggest Medical Marijuana Laws May Have Unexpected Benefits ... Full story

Study finds less domestic violence among married couples who smoke pot

By Cathy Wilde - “These findings suggest that marijuana use is predictive of lower levels of aggression towards one’s partner in the following year.” ... Full story

State Medical Marijuana Laws Linked to Lower Prescription Overdose Deaths

In states where it is legal to use medical marijuana to manage chronic pain and other conditions, the annual number of deaths from prescription drug overdose is 25 percent lower than in states where medical marijuana remains illegal, new research suggests. ... Full story

Marijuana Dispensaries

Zoning puts them in certain neighborhoods ... Full story

Extended support helps patients stay smoke-free after hospital discharge

Automated phone calls, stop-smoking drugs increased six-month success rate more than 70 percent ... Full story

Quasi-Legal Drug Fifteen Times Stronger Than Heroin Hides in Plain Sight

WASHINGTON - Emergency physicians should expect "an upswing in what on the surface appear to be heroin overdoses," but are actually overdoses tied to acetyl fentanyl, an opiate that is mixed into street drugs marketed as heroin. ... Full story

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