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Current Events

October 16, 2012
While illicit drug use has decreased in most large American cities, prescription drug abuse has climbed, according to a new study. The study evaluated emergency room visits related to drug abuse in 11 major metropolitan...
October 12, 2012
The company that manufactures OxyContin is using a variety of ways to combat the abuse and diversion of prescription drugs. Purdue Pharma is monitoring drug counterfeiting and Internet distribution, analyzing pharmacy...
October 11, 2012
The presence of medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles, estimated to number between 500 and 1,000, makes it simple to obtain the drug for recreational use, according to critics of the storefronts. The City...
October 11, 2012
Tennessee state officials are studying drug-testing programs for welfare recipients in six other states, as they shape their own program, The Tennessean reports. Earlier this year, the state legislature passed a law...
October 11, 2012
Six young men—five of them teenagers—developed kidney failure after using synthetic marijuana in recent months, health officials in Oregon and Washington report. The cases have occurred since May. All of the young men...
October 10, 2012
The U.S. Justice Department has asked a federal appeals court to rehear a case about the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) requirement that tobacco companies place graphic labels on cigarette packages to warn about...
October 10, 2012
The 27th annual “Red Ribbon Week,” October 23-31, will raise awareness about drug prevention around the country. Families can get involved this year by entering a contest to promote awareness in their neighborhoods, and...
October 10, 2012
The scientific nonprofit group that sets standards for medicine safety is proposing reworking and standardizing medication labels, in an effort to reduce potentially dangerous medication mix-ups. The U.S. Pharmacopeial...
October 10, 2012
Marines cited for drunk driving and other drinking-related incidents will be required to participate in a new program that focuses on early intervention, according to the Marine Corps Times. The “Prime for Life” program...
October 4, 2012
October is Bullying Prevention Month and National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, a busy and important time for prevention efforts.  On the surface, bullying and youth substance use may seem like separate...

 

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