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Current Events

June 7, 2013
The new head of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products said he will soon start ruling on whether the agency will approve 4,000 new and existing products. Mitch Zeller told Bloomberg News he...
June 6, 2013
Sales of Monster Energy rose 9 percent in April and May compared with a year ago, despite recent headlines questioning the drink’s safety, according to The Wall Street Journal. In May, Monster Beverage Corp. filed a...
June 6, 2013
Two-thirds of pharmacists and 90 percent of doctors in Florida are not using the state’s prescription drug database, according to federal officials. Bills that would have required both professions to use the database...
June 6, 2013
Massachusetts is likely to become the first state to require retailers to display graphic cigarette warnings at tobacco sales racks and next to cash registers, The Boston Globe reports. The state Department of Health is...
May 17, 2013
Addiction to drugs, alcohol and tobacco are the most common mental health problems in teenagers, a new government report concludes. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most commonly diagnosed problem...
May 17, 2013
Georgia launched a campaign this week, “Generation Rx,” aimed at preventing prescription drug abuse in teens and young adults. The campaign is funded through a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services...
May 15, 2013
Florida officials say heroin is making a comeback, now that the state has had success in shutting down “pill mills” selling prescription painkillers. Heroin is appearing in urban areas and smaller communities, according...
May 14, 2013
The first medical marijuana dispensaries in Washington, D.C., are expected to open later this month, ABC News reports. One will be located eight blocks from the U.S. Capitol. One dispensary, the Metropolitan Wellness...
May 13, 2013
Colleges that are part of a national program to reduce binge drinking among students say the first two years have been productive. More schools will join the initiative in June. According to the National Institute on...
May 10, 2013
Florida is launching a new initiative to tackle the growing problem of newborns exposed to prescription drugs, the Associated Press reports. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi held a press conference Friday with the...

 

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