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Unlike methamphetamines or heroin, which could have been made in a stranger’s garage, a uniformly manufactured pill from a pharmacy is considered a paragon of safety.

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Alcoholism forced 20-year-old Amy to move away from Santa Barbara and everything she knew. She had begun drinking at age 16 and a pattern of dependence started soon after, forcing her into a succession of rehabilitation facilities before she moved to Oklahoma in an attempt to break the cycle.

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It’s not a pretty picture. Just as it is in our country, drug abuse is out of control in our community. In what will come as a surprise to many readers, however, the problem is not limited to illegal narcotics like cocaine, heroin and marijuana. Some of the most often abused drugs — and the most addictive — are perfectly legal medications prescribed by one of the professionals you trust on the most personal of levels, your doctor.

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Police kicked in the door of a Lompoc motel room where they suspected drug activity was taking place, and officers swarmed in to arrest the two people inside. Syringes were scattered about the floor. A couple had been injecting the prescription medication methadone, a drug used to treat severe pain.

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Many Americans might cite cocaine or heroin if asked to identify the country’s leading cause of overdose deaths.

Wrong answer.

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A legal victory for health reform, troubles for Allergan's Lap-Band, and methamphetamine's decline, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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Glendale was actually a somewhat controversial selection when the PLACE grants were first announced. Yet, the Greenway demonstrates not just a commitment to creating livable streets where people can walk and bike where they’re going or just be outside without being harassed by traffic, but also a commitment to equity.

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There’s always a risk when an advocate is hired by a government agency.  Will the advocate “go native” and be an ineffective agent of change?  Will the advocate ever be able to shake his reputation of being “just” an advocate?

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Smoking rates drop (just a little), Bootsy Collins' nephew's preventable death, and a new "shaking" treatment for lice, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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A diagnosis for Venus Williams, surprising health fallout from Irene, 9/11-related illnesses and more from our Daily Briefing.

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