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The number of Americans dying from accidental overdoses of opioid analgesics jumped significantly from 1999 to 2011, according to a September data brief published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.
Illegal drug use among teens in the United States is on the decline, according to a new federal report. Alcohol use, binge drinking, and the use of tobacco products among young people between the ages of 12 and 17 also dropped between 2002 and 2013, according to the report from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
In one of the first studies analyzing delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol’s tolerance based on gender, Washington State University researchers found that women develop a tolerance more quickly and are 30% more sensitive to the drug.
Teens using nonmedical prescription opioids have an increased likelihood of overdosing due to limited knowledge involving adverse effects and how to prevent them.
Secondhand vapor created by one brand of electronic cigarette harbors fewer hazardous chemicals than regular cigarette smoke, although the researchers report the finding doesn't leave e-cigarettes in the clear. The study was published online Aug. 22 in Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts.
Having regular family meals may help protect teens from the harmful mental health effects of "cyberbullying," a new study suggests. The study was published online Sept. 1 in JAMA Pediatrics.
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