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Nearly a quarter of teens drive while impaired (5/1/13)

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A new study finds that 23 percent of teens admit to driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana or prescription drugs used illegally. What's troubling....they do not view this behavior as dangerous.

Almost 20% of those who drink and drive say it improves their driving, a view shared by 34% of those who drive under the influence of marijuana.

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NYC Mom Calls On Bars To Help Fight Binge Drinking After Daughter’s Death (5/1/13)

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The mother of a Broadway actress who died after a late-night whiskey binge has slammed the bar that served her for not calling time on her drinking before she overdosed on alcohol.

Shana Dowdeswell, 23 - who has acted onstage with Cynthia Nixon and appears in the new Robert De Niro movie 'The Big Wedding' - died five days after downing several shots in a New York bar called The Basement last December.

Prescription Drug Abuse by Teens Sharply on the Rise (4/24/13)

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More parents need to talk with their teens about the dangers of abusing Ritalin, Adderall and other prescription drugs, suggests a new study that finds discouraging trends on kids and drug use.

When teens were asked about the last substance abuse conversation they had with their parents, just 14 percent said they talked about abusing a prescription drug, said the report released Tuesday by The Partnership at Drugfree.org.

City Plan Sets 21 as Legal Age to Buy Tobacco (4/23/13)

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NEW YORK -- No one under 21 would be able to buy cigarettes in New York City under a proposal unveiled Monday to make the city the most populous place in America to set the minimum age that high.

Extending a decade of moves to crack down on smoking in the nation's largest city, the idea aims to stop young people from developing a habit that remains the leading preventable cause of death here and nationwide, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said as she announced the plan. Eighty percent of the city's smokers started lighting up before they were 21, officials say.

Exercise May Protect Brain Against Heavy Drinking, Study Suggests (4/23/13)

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Exercise may help protect the brains of people who drink heavily, a new study suggests. Researchers at the University of Colorado, Boulder found exercise may help prevent damage to white matter in heavy drinkers. White matter is involved with learning, processing, thinking and communication between various regions of the brain.

The 60 participants, who were moderate or heavy drinkers, were asked about their drinking behaviors, their attempts to control their drinking, and their exercise routines. They also underwent brain scans that looked at white matter.

Prospect of free market for pain pills raises alarms on Staten Island (4/19/13)

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Tension is mounting on the expiration of OxyContin, which is set to mark Tuesday. Where the Food Drug Administration is making plans to approve generic versions of the drug.

Lawmakers, substance abuse counselors and anti-drug community groups have reason of concern if the generic drug goes public. As this will pose new dangers for abuse of the prescription painkillers.

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What You Should Know About April 20th (4/17/13)

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A quick Google search will tell you everything you need to know about the significance of April, 20th (420) to marijuana smokers. In short, three important points for the uninitiated are.

Beer taste -- not just alcohol -- rewards pleasure centers in the brain: study (4/17/13)

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A new study says just tasting beer increases a person’s desire to get drunk.

According to New York Daily News , the study found that people who only tasted beer, without any effect from the alcohol itself, had dopamine, a brain neurotransmitter associated with alcohol and other abused drugs, released into the brain.

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Brooklyn 'Slurring Bee' Adds Alcohol to Classic Competition (4/10/13)

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BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — How do you spell I-N-E-B-R-I-A-T-E-D?

Just ask participants of Last Exit Bar's Slurring Bee competition. Spelling bees can be intimidating in the traditional form, but the Slurring Bee goes to new extremes in that participants must take a shot before each round. And spellers tend to go through phases during the competition — often starting with bravado and ending up somewhere else, says organizer Billy Parker.

CDC Steps Up Fight Against Tobacco with New Round of Anti-Smoking Ads (4/10/13)

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced today that it is launching a new round of its nationwide media campaign – Tips from Former Smokers (TIPS) – to encourage smokers to quit and prevent children from starting to smoke. We applaud the CDC for continuing this highly effective campaign for a second year, and for recognizing that winning the fight against tobacco requires a sustained commitment and investment of resources.

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