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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...
May 10, 2013
New Jersey officials report a rise in heroin addiction, drug-related crime and deaths among young people in suburbs. Many became addicted to prescription painkillers, and switched to heroin because it is cheaper, potent...
May 9, 2013
Legislators in Colorado on Wednesday passed the first laws regulating the state’s recreational marijuana market, which will take effect in January 2014. Governor John Hickenlooper is expected to sign them by early June...
May 7, 2013
Former President Bill Clinton this week pledged his foundation will work with the New York Police Department (NYPD) and other partners to address prescription drug abuse, with a focus on college students. The Clinton...
May 7, 2013
The California Supreme Court on Monday ruled local governments can outlaw medical marijuana dispensaries, according to Reuters. The court upheld a ban the city of Riverside enacted in 2010. Nothing in the state’s law...
May 6, 2013
Fifty percent more pills were collected during the latest National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, compared with the previous event in 2012, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced. The agency said 742,497...
April 26, 2013
An appellate court in Colorado ruled Thursday employees can be fired for testing positive for marijuana. Recreational use of the drug is now legal in the state. The case was filed by Brandon Coats, who was fired by Dish...

 

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