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Use of methamphetamines declined across the country last year, according to statistics released by the Drug Enforcement Administration and a US drug-testing company. The number of workplace employees who tested positive for meth dropped 22 percent. Officials credited the results to laws that restrict the sale of cold medicines that include a precursor ingredient and a crackdown on drug trafficking from Mexico.

Better housekeeping at a Georgia sugar refinery probably could have prevented an explosion of industrial dust in February that killed 12 people, a member of the US Chemical Safety Board told Congress Wednesday.

Democratic Sens. Barbara Boxer of California and Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey said Tuesday they plan hearings to address the findings of an Associated Press investigation that revealed many drinking- water supplies contain trace amounts of pharmaceuticals.

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