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Current Events

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...
April 10, 2014
No other major retailers have joined CVS in pledging to pull tobacco from store shelves, the Associated Press reports. CVS, the nation’s second largest drugstore chain, announced earlier this year it will stop selling...
April 9, 2014
Employers in states where marijuana is legal for medicinal or recreational use must decide how to handle employees who use the drug when they are not on duty, USA Today reports. Some workers in Colorado and Washington...
April 3, 2014
A new survey finds 75 percent of Americans think it is inevitable that recreational marijuana will become legal across the country, ABC News reports. The survey also found a growing number of Americans support ending...
April 1, 2014
The pure hydrocodone drug Zohydro ER (extended release) will be banned in Massachusetts, Governor Deval Patrick has announced. He cited a public health emergency stemming from opioid abuse, Reuters reports. “The...
April 1, 2014
A growing number of states are changing their approach to low-level drug users, emphasizing treatment instead of incarceration, according to The Washington Post. The change is a result of both reduced budgets and...

 

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