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Current Events

August 8, 2012
Texas has launched an online prescription monitoring database, building on a long-standing program that was criticized for being slow and requiring paperwork. The new program, called “Prescription Access in Texas...
August 7, 2012
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Monday its graphic ad campaign featuring the health consequences of smoking has been successful, and plans more ads for 2013, USA Today reports. The ads ran...
August 7, 2012
A bill passed by Massachusetts lawmakers last week requires doctors to sign up for and use the state’s prescription monitoring program. The measure is awaiting the signature of Governor Deval Patrick. Lawmakers said...
August 6, 2012
Officials from 27 colleges are meeting this week to tackle the growing problem of prescription drug abuse among students. The conference is hosted by Ohio State University (OSU). Overwhelmed students are using...
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...

 

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