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May 8, 2014
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced Wednesday it conducted a major crackdown on synthetic drugs that involved the arrest of at least 150 people in 29 states, and the seizure of more than $20 million in...
May 8, 2014
Doctors in Philadelphia say a 10-month-old infant who was rushed to the emergency room after swallowing e-cigarette refill liquid is one of a growing number of children who have been harmed by the fluid. In this week’s...
May 8, 2014
The Defense Department (DOD) will target alcohol consumption as part of its campaign to reduce sexual assault in the military, Stars and Stripes reports. There were more than 5,000 reports of sexual assault by service...
May 8, 2014
Many professional golfers use smokeless tobacco, but few want to admit it, according to The New York Times. Players say using chewing tobacco or snuff is a form of male bonding. According to the National Cancer...
May 7, 2014
The privacy of information contained in prescription drug monitoring databases is being tightened, The Wall Street Journal reports. Privacy advocates hail the trend, while law enforcement officials say it is hampering...
May 7, 2014
Government researchers will have access to an increased supply of marijuana for medical research, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced. Researchers at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will...
April 30, 2014
The U.S. Navy has announced a new campaign aimed at reducing prescription drug abuse among sailors, according to the Navy Times. The campaign, “Prescription for Discharge,” will educate sailors about correctly taking...
April 16, 2014
Massachusetts cannot ban the new pure hydrocodone drug Zohydro ER (extended release), a federal judge said Monday. The company that makes the drug, Zogenix, argued in a lawsuit that the ban is unconstitutional,...
April 10, 2014
Following the decision by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to order a ban on prescribing and dispensing the pure hydrocodone painkiller Zohydro, Vermont’s governor announced an emergency order to make it more...
April 10, 2014
A new government report finds twice as many adult men as women entered substance abuse treatment facilities in 2011. The report found 1.2 million men, and 609,000 females, entered such facilities that year. Among teens...

 

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