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Current Events

December 22, 2014
The Colorado Board of Health announced it will fund grants totaling more than $8 million for studies examining the potential medical benefits of marijuana. The studies will examine marijuana’s effects on epilepsy, pain...
December 22, 2014
A group of senators working to reduce the toll of prescription drug abuse sent letters to government officials and health groups this week, urging them to continue fighting what they called a national epidemic. The...
December 16, 2014
Smoking in federal prisons, which has been banned in practice since 2006, has been officially outlawed, according to U.S. News & World Report. Prison guards will still be allowed to possess tobacco.
December 16, 2014
Last month, people voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana in Oregon, Alaska and the District. As the movement toward marijuana legalization continues, lawmakers and policy experts are looking to the experiments...
December 9, 2014
Overdose deaths involving heroin nearly tripled from 1999 to 2012, a new government report concludes. Overall, drug overdose deaths more than doubled. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found drug...
December 4, 2014
A long-acting narcotic painkiller designed to deter abuse has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The drug, Hysingla ER, is taken once a day. It is meant to treat pain severe enough to require daily...
December 4, 2014
Overdose deaths involving heroin nearly tripled from 1999 to 2012, a new government report concludes. Overall, drug overdose deaths more than doubled. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found drug...
December 4, 2014
In several states across the country, lawmakers are gearing up to debate whether pseudoephedrine (PSE), an ingredient in cold medications like Sudafed, should require a prescription. While PSE has long been an...
December 3, 2014
The price of naloxone, the heroin overdose antidote, is skyrocketing, according to police departments and public health officials across the country. In some cases, prices for the drug have increased by 50 percent or...
December 3, 2014
New antismoking campaigns aimed at American Indian and Native Alaskan communities feature personal stories, instead of statistics or fear-inducing images, The New York Times reports.

 

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