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Many accidents are caused by underage drinkers (2.14.14)

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Despite strict laws against drunk driving in every state, driving while intoxicated remains a problem in the U.S., killing almost 30 people every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In 2012 in New York, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 344 people killed in alcohol-related crashes that involved drivers with a blood alcohol content over .08 percent, the legal limit.

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Miss New York shares anti-drugs message with local students (2.14.14)

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At the age of 24, Amanda Mason, is an old pro at talking to kids about drugs and alcohol.

"I started this because I saw the effects of drugs and alcohol on my friends and I saw how everyone sort of ignored it and pushed it under the rug."




Heroin making a deadly comeback (2.11.14)

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Heroin-related deaths jumped 84 percent in New York City from 2010 to 2012, according to a September 2013 report, while the number of heroin users seeking help on New York’s Long Island in January rose to 767, far from the average 100 a month seen just five years ago by a local treatment center. Officials in Pennsylvania, Vermont and Ohio report similar increases.

NEWS STORY: The Register Citizen News



Bronx Clinic Doctors Wrote Bogus Prescriptions For 5.5 Million Oxycodone Pills (2.11.14)

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Two dozen people have been indicted in a massive oxycodone distribution ring in the Bronx, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.

NEWS STORY: New York CBS Local News



CVS Snubs Tobacco Products (2.6.14)

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CVS, the nation's second-largest pharmacy chain, said Wednesday it would stop selling all cigarettes and tobacco products nationwide by October, saying they have no place in a drugstore company that is trying to become more of a health-care provider.




Faith leaders wrestle over growing support for marijuana (2.5.14)

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According to a 2013 survey from the Public Religion Research Institute, 58 percent of white mainline Protestants and 54 percent of black Protestants favor legalizing the use of marijuana. On the other side, nearly seven-in-10 (69 percent) white evangelical Protestants oppose it.

NEWS STORY: Washington Post



12 Arrested in Crown Heights Crack Ring Bust, DA Says (2.1.14)

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CROWN HEIGHTS — A dozen crack cocaine dealers who peddled their wares within a block of a school were arrested this week in Crown Heights following a yearlong sting operation, officials announced Thursday.

Live Music Bar to Open Below Columbia Street Childcare Center (2.1.14)

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COLUMBIA STREET WATERFRONT DISTRICT — A Columbia Street childcare center’s new neighbor will be singing more than just nursery rhymes.

Governor seeks to ban EBT cards at strip clubs, liquor stores & casinos (1.29.14)

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Governor Andrew Cuomo’s latest budget proposal would prevent New Yorkers from withdrawing public-assistance funds at liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs.

Multiple states have passed similar measures in recent years, after congressional Republicans passed a bill banning E.B.T. debit card withdrawals at liquor stores and strip clubs in early 2012.




Should NFL consider allowing medical marijuana? (1.29.14)

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There are only two states in the country where recreational marijuana use is legal (Washington and Colorado) and the NFL teams from those two states are playing in Super Bowl XLVIII. So it probably shouldn't come as any surprise that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was asked about his thoughts on medical use. Read more on what he has to say.

NEWS STORY: Battle Creek Enquirer (USA Today Sports)



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