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September 17, 2013
Police made more than 1.5 million arrests last year for drug abuse violations, according to data released Monday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Marijuana offenses accounted for 48.3 percent of drug arrests,...
September 17, 2013
A new app that measures a person’s blood alcohol level will be released in October, Reuters reports. The app works through a device that plugs into the headphone jack of a smartphone. After a person blows into the...
September 17, 2013
Naloxone, a drug that blocks the effects of opioids including heroin and oxycodone, has stopped 2,000 overdoses in Massachusetts in the last six years, state officials announced. Naloxone, also called Narcan, is a nasal...
September 16, 2013
A number of colleges in Pennsylvania are taking steps to reduce alcohol use among students, according to the Associated Press. Bucknell University in Lewisburg has cancelled its annual House Party, a weekend of music,...
August 16, 2013
“Hempfest,” Washington state’s annual marijuana festival, will be making some changes this year, now that recreational use of the drug is legal there, according to the Associated Press. Up to 85,000 participants are...
August 16, 2013
As the federal government takes steps to reduce mandatory minimum sentences for minor drug offenses, California legislators are considering making similar changes. A bill under consideration by the state legislature...
August 15, 2013
A new poll finds 10 percent of Americans admit they have taken someone else’s prescription drugs. One-quarter of those people used the drugs to get high. The Reuters/Ipsos poll found about 60 percent of Americans who...
August 15, 2013
Having half-siblings increases the chance that a teenager will use drugs and have sex by age 15, according to a study presented at the American Sociological Association annual meeting. Researchers found that teens who...
August 14, 2013
Excessive alcohol use costs the United States $223.5 billion annually, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Binge drinking accounts for more than 70 percent of these costs...
August 14, 2013
New drugs being tested as treatments for muscle-wasting diseases such as muscular dystrophy could be abused by athletes if they reach the market, experts tell NPR. Researchers are also studying the drugs, called...

 

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