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Tobacco-21 laws can lower smoking prevalence in the 18-20 age group

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One in ten UK hospital inpatients is alcohol dependent

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder prevalence is very high in susceptible groups worldwide

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Payments to Physicians May Increase Opioid Prescribing

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US housing subsidy may improve adolescent girls' binge drinking but worsen boys'

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US juveniles with conduct problems face high risk of premature death

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Microtransactions can move popular online games closer to online gambling

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Alcohol and tobacco are by far the biggest threat to human welfare of all addictive drugs

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Debunking Two Claims about US Medical Marijuana

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Reversing opioid overdose: Concentrated naloxone nasal spray as good as injection

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No magic pill to cure alcohol dependence yet

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Do we need to reform international drug treaties as more countries legalise cannabis?

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Smokers in Clinical Studies Who Say They've Quit Often Haven't

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The Cost of Opioid Use during Pregnancy

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Review Confirms Link between Drug Use and Poor Dental Health

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Current controls on alcohol marketing are not protecting youth, warn public health experts

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US and Mexican controls on precursor chemicals may reduce cocaine and methamphetamine use in the US

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New study supports link between alcohol advertising and adolescent drinking

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New review concludes that evidence for alcohol causing cancer is strong

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UK government should fund media campaigns that promote quitting, not films that promote smoking

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New study shows a generational shift toward lighter drinking in Australia

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Prohibition 2016: Assessing the UK's Psychoactive Substances Act

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The trouble with drinking guidelines: What, in the world, is a standard drink?

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Take-home naloxone should be an additional standard of care for prevention of heroin overdose deaths

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Nearly half of women who stop smoking during pregnancy go back to smoking soon after baby is born

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E-cigarettes are estimated to have helped 16,000-22,000 smokers in England to quit in 2014

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How to measure nicotine delivery from e-cigarettes

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Smokers with depression try to quit more often but find it harder

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Improvised Naloxone Nasal Sprays Lack Evidence of Absorption and Effect

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New study finds financial incentives to help pregnant women stop smoking are highly cost-effective

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The alcohol industry is not meeting its'Responsibility Deal' labelling pledges

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The drug situation in Europe: Opioid misuse continues to dominate the picture

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UK drinking guidelines are a poor fit with Britain's heavy drinking habits

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Every country in the world can afford to support its smokers to stop

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Progressively reducing the nicotine content of cigarettes may not lead smokers to quit

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Children's exposure to second-hand smoke in England has dropped 80% since 1998

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New study challenges claims on aldehyde contentof third generation e-cigarettes

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A sobering thought: One billion smokers and 240 million people with alcohol use disorder worldwide

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The more friends you drink with ... the more you drink

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The growing evidence on standardised packaging of tobacco products

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Plain packaging reduces 'cigarette-seeking' response by almost a tenth, says study

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New study shows women have higher risk of injury than menafter more than three drinks

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What twenty years of research on cannabis use has taught us

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WHO-commissioned report on e-cigarettes misleading, say experts

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New review says current evidence suggests potential benefits of e-cigarettes outweigh harm

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Warning: Birthdays Can Be Bad for Your Health

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Hazardous drinking in UK athletes linked with alcohol industry sponsorship

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UK supermarkets minimise price rises for the cheapest alcohol when taxes are increased

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E-cigarette use for quitting smoking is associated with improved success rates

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Abstention from alcohol has increased sharply among Australian adolescents

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Some truth to the 'potent pot myth': High potency cannabis is linked with higher THC intake

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Alcohol consumption is a necessary cause of nearly 80,000 deaths per year in the Americas

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Following discussions at our spring 2019 editors' meeting in Australia, we have decided to change the title of "Assistant Editor" to "Associate Editor" to reflect the importance of the role and the fact that many of the people who currently occupy this role are senior and eminent figures in the field.

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Lenient attitudes on the part of parents towards drinking appears to be linked to greater alcohol use among their children.

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The only measure for which there is good evidence of a benefit of gabapentin on alcohol use disorder is percentage of heavy drinking days.

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Among Swiss men, alcohol-induced blackout at age 20 predicts the development, maintenance and severity of alcohol dependence at age 25.

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In the US, Medicaid accounts for approximately a quarter of naloxone sales. Medicaid expansion generated 8.3% of the growth in naloxone prescribing from 2009 to 2016.

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Electronic health record prompts that remind emergency department doctors they can prescribe take-home naloxone (THN) to patients discharged after opioid overdose are associated with higher rates of THN distribution.

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Based on public wastewater analysis, cannabis use in Washington, USA has both increased and substantially shifted from the illicit market since retail sales began in 2014.

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US medical marijuana laws appear to increase substance use treatment admissions by pregnant women.

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Take-home naloxone kits combined with overdose prevention/supervised consumption sites and opioid agonist therapy appears to have prevented some opioid overdose deaths during British Columbia's crisis of opioid deaths but has not reduced the absolute numbers of such deaths.

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Blood tetrahydocannabinol (THC) concentrations of up to 5ng/ml have not been clearly associated with an increased risk of non-fatal injury-involved motor vehicle crashes British Columbia, Canada.

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People using e-cigarettes in quit attempts are about 95% more likely still not to be smoking in the short to medium term than those trying to quit without using a stop-smoking aid.

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An intervention involving transition to very low nicotine cigarettes combined with nicotine patch reduced scores on a measure of nicotine dependence over a 4-week period more than a comparator that involved reducing cigarettes per day combined with nicotine patch.

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Pregnant women who try and fail to stop smoking with nicotine patches smoke fewer cigarettes and have lower expired-air carbon monoxide concentrations than before their quit attempt.

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An electronically delivered brief intervention to help women in reproductive health centers to reduce substance misuse appears to be cost-effective by conventional benchmarks.

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Although people with cardiovascular disease show improved outcomes with low-volume alcohol consumption, there is no safe amount to drink and patients with alcoholic cardiomyopathy should aim for abstinence.

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Five screening instruments for substance use in pregnancy (SURP-P, CRAFFT, 5Ps, WIDUS, and NIDA Quick Screen) fail to show both high sensitivity and high specificity.

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The London Alcohol Abstinence Monitoring Requirement Pilot was a policy 'synthesis' combining elements of the South Dakota model with the existing English and Welsh criminal justice framework.

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