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How Would Better Mental Health Care Reduce Gun Violence?

President Obama's plan to reduce gun violence includes provisions aimed at shoring up access to mental health care — but is that practical? Host Michel Martin discusses the plan's mental health goals with Michael Fitzpatrick of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and Dr. Carl Bell of the University of Illinois.
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Painkiller Paradox: Feds Struggle To Control Drugs That Help And Harm

Prescription drugs like Vicodin have provided much-needed relief for many people suffering from pain. But these painkillers can be addictive, and they kill thousands each year. Doctors and regulators are looking into how to limit access to the drugs without causing more suffering for pain patients.
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States Become Battlegrounds For Nation's Deep Abortion Divide

Forty years after the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion, a growing number of states are passing laws that restrict the procedure. The regulations, while not banning abortions outright, can make it difficult for a woman to obtain one.
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Proposed Smoking Ban Draws Sparse Criticism In Montgomery Co.

There was little opposition at a meeting of the Montgomery County Council today to a provision that would extend the existing smoking ban to cover all county-owned or leased property.

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Energy Drinks Blamed For Boost In Emergency Room Visits

A new report says the number of ER visits involving caffeine-laced energy drinks doubled from 2007 to 2011. Many of those visits involved patients who combined the drinks with alcohol and other drugs, intensifying the effects. Manufacturers say there's no proof the drinks are to blame.

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