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Current Events

December 19, 2011
Efforts to halt the growing abuse of prescription drugs must include addressing the availability of these drugs on the Internet and increasing physician awareness of the dangers posed by Internet pharmacies, according...
December 16, 2011
The two biggest tobacco companies in the United States have agreed to pay $6.25 million to support the country’s largest online collection of tobacco industry documents.Philip Morris USA Inc. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco...
December 15, 2011
Teen drug and alcohol use in the US is at its lowest point in more than 3 decades, but this good news is counterbalanced by continued high rates of abuse of marijuana and prescription drugs. Medscape Medical News (...
December 15, 2011
Today, the National Institute on Drug Abuse released the 2011 Monitoring the Future survey, which included some troubling new information on the prevalence of synthetic drug use among high school seniors.  The...
December 15, 2011
A new report concludes the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) needs more information about the health effects of “modified risk” tobacco products such as e-cigarettes or tobacco lozenges, before it allows tobacco...
December 15, 2011
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it will tell Medicare prescription drug plans to withhold payment to pharmacies when they detect signs of suspicious activity related to narcotics and...
December 14, 2011
Cigarette and alcohol consumption among 8th, 10th and 12th graders (14, 16 and 18 year olds) are lower than they have ever been since certain records began in 1975, but marijuana and non-medical prescription medication...
December 9, 2011
The U.S. House voted Thursday to ban more than 30 synthetic drugs, including “bath salts” and “spice.” The Synthetic Drug Control Act would make it illegal to manufacture or dispense the drugs, ABC News reports. The...
December 9, 2011
Improving health is too multifaceted to be left solely in the hands of those working in the health sector alone, according to the latest Healthy People 2020 Objectives for the Nation. A recent shift in national health...
December 7, 2011
  The alcohol-impaired fatalities represented 32% of the total driving fatalities in 2009.  That is a 7.4% decrease from 2008 but we still have a long way to go.  The National Criminal Justice Reference Service (...

 

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