Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

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Current Events

October 22, 2012
October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, a time for all of us to take a closer look at what we—as organizations, communities, families, and individuals—can do to prevent substance abuse. SAMHSA applauds...
October 19, 2012
Both critics and supporters of a measure on the November ballot that would legalize small amounts of marijuana possession for those over age 21 in Colorado say the state could see an influx of  “marijuana tourists...
October 18, 2012
Wyoming First Lady Carol Mead plans to run in the New York City Marathon next month as a member of a charity team dedicated to reducing underage drinking and impaired driving.
October 18, 2012
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is focusing on drug distributors in an effort to fight prescription painkiller abuse, The New York Times reports. In the past, the agency has tried tactics including arresting...
October 18, 2012
Officials at Chicago O’Hare’s international mail facility report an increase in shipments of synthetic drugs from China and Europe. Some of these drugs are extremely potent, according to the New York Daily News. The...
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...

 

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