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August 6, 2012
All Walgreens pharmacies in Arizona will store certain prescription painkillers, including products containing oxycodone, in time-delayed safes. The new policy comes in response to a spike in prescription drug robberies...
July 27, 2012
After the Los Angeles City Council voted this week to shut down the city’s 762 marijuana dispensaries, medical marijuana advocates said they will work to overturn the ban. The City Council also approved a seemingly...
July 27, 2012
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has announced it is awarding more than $22 million in new funding to expand implementing screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (...
July 26, 2012
Local and federal law enforcement officials raided businesses in almost 100 cities on Wednesday, in the first nationwide crackdown on synthetic drugs, USA Today reports. Operation Log Jam targeted businesses selling...
July 26, 2012
A group of doctors and public health experts has asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to change prescription guidelines for opioids, to prevent prescription drug abuse, according to Reuters. In a petition to the...
July 26, 2012
A growing number of U.S. colleges are adopting smoking bans. The Christian Science Monitor reports that many schools have adopted total bans, both indoors and out. On Monday, the Ohio Board of Regents recommended a...
July 25, 2012
Drug companies must pay to dispose of unused prescription medications, under a plan approved Tuesday in Northern California. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve the ordinance, the...
July 24, 2012
A coordinated strategy aimed at high-risk college drinking can be effective, a new study suggests. The strategy addresses alcohol availability, policy enforcement and perceptions about the rate of high-risk drinking...
July 24, 2012
Kentucky lawmakers may consider modifying a state law that requires doctors to use a prescription monitoring database for opioid pain medication, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports. The new law, signed by Governor...
July 24, 2012
Law enforcement at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, has prohibited a new synthetic drug called “Pump-It! Powder.” A warning issued at the Army installation notes the drug can cause convulsions, paranoia, chest pains or increased...

 

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