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California debates opening supervised sites for people to use drugs

Lawmakers in California are debating whether to open sites where people can inject or snort illegal drugs under the watchful gaze of a health care worker. These facilities are an effort to save lives as overdoses skyrocket across the country.

"Instead of having people use drugs on the sidewalk when your kid is walking by, we want to give them a place where they can go inside," said state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, the sponsor of a bill to pilot facilities in Oakland, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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Smoking Addiction and Mental Health Should Be Treated Together, Study Suggests

A new large-scale study may have uncovered the need to treat smoking, substance use disorders, and mental health problems together. 

Published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, the study looked at data on more than 441,000 US adults collected over the course of 11 years. While all adults experienced an increase in serious psychological distress throughout that time, those who smoked daily and had a substance use disorder experienced the highest uptick in distress.

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Widely used pain killer linked to risk taking: 'They just don't feel as scared'


Acetaminophen, or paracetamol, makes people take to risk more willingly, suggests the paper, published in the journal Oxford Academic .

“Acetaminophen seems to make people feel less negative emotion when they consider risky activities – they just don’t feel as scared,” explained Baldwin Way, co-author and associate professor of psychology at Ohio State University.

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