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PHOTO: Health officials hope the DEA's Prescription Drug Take-Back event helps reduce the state's high rate of deaths linked to prescription drugs. Photo courtesy U.S. Army.

SANTA FE, N.M. – About 500 people die from overdoses each year in New Mexico, according to state health officials who are hoping that events such as National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday help the state lower that overdose death rate. Melissa Heinz, prevention coordinator for th ...Read More

PHOTO: The number of babies born dependent on opiates has increased in Ohio in recent years, and a task force of experts is examining the best ways to address the problem. Photo credit: M. Kuhlman.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - As they try to solve Ohio's opiate epidemic, the state's health, child-welfare and policy leaders are zeroing in on ways to help some of the most vulnerable addicts - infants. Babies born to mothers who are addicted to opiates, including heroin and prescription painkillers, suffer ...Read More

PHOTO: The number of homeless schoolchildren in New York has soared since the recession and those tasked with helping them say finding and reaching out to them are getting more difficult as funding and resources decline as well. Courtesy CAST.

GREENPORT, N.Y. - The number of homeless schoolchildren in New York has soared since the recession, and those who try to find and help them say their resources are dwindling. The children and their families are living in motels, basements, trailers, or are doubled up with other families and friends ...Read More

PHOTO: Time is short for those working to get legislation to legalize medicinal marijuana on the ballot in Ohio in 2014. Supporters need 385,000 signatures by July 2nd. Photo credit: Morgue File

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Time is short for those working to get legislation to legalize medicinal marijuana on the ballot in Ohio in 2014. The Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment would allow for the medical, therapeutic and industrial uses of cannabis. According to the president of the Ohio Rights Group, John ...Read More

PHOTO: Electronic cigarettes, hookah pens, e-hookahs and vape pipes are growing in popularity in Massachusetts, but experts say there isnít enough science about how safe they are. Credit: Michael Dorausch, Wikimedia Commons.

BOSTON - Electronic cigarettes - also known as e-hookahs, hookah pens and vape pipes - are growing in popularity in Massachusetts. Celebrities in advertisements tout them as a safer alternative to smoking tobacco, but experts say there isn't enough science to back up those claims. It's estimated t ...Read More

PHOTO: Saying it would unfairly burden senior citizens and other consumers, AARP-Tennessee is opposing a proposal to restrict the purchase of medicines that can be used to make methamphetamine. Photo credit: Tbiley
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The goal is to curb the production of methamphetamine in Tennessee, but concerns are being raised about the unintended impact that restricting sales of certain medicines will have on law-abiding consumers. Gov. Bill Haslam has proposed limiting the purchase of cold and allergy pr ...Read More

GRAPHIC: The Nassau County District Attorney was a co-sponsor of a conference this week on youth and gang violence, which is an ongoing problem on Long Island and around the state. Courtesy: NCDA.

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Violent youth gangs attract New York's young people, and efforts to combat that involve parents, schools, community groups and law enforcement. They all put their heads together this week at Hofstra University. Mia Zatar, executive director of the anti-gang group Strong Youth Inc. ...Read More

PHOTO: Electronic cigarettes are growing in popularity, and while they may appear to be less harmful than tobacco cigarettes, experts say more research about their safety is needed.

INDIANAPOLIS - Electronic cigarettes are growing in popularity, with celebrities in advertisements touting them as a safer alternative to smoking the real thing. But experts say there isn't enough science to back up those claims. It's estimated that there are more than 250 different e-cigarette b ...Read More

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