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Current Events

October 10, 2013
Four new synthetic drugs, including one called “Crazy Clown,” were outlawed in Florida this week under an emergency rule filed by state Attorney General Pam Bondi. Under the emergency rule, these drugs are designated as...
October 10, 2013
Several colleges in Vermont are engaging parents in their effort to reduce binge drinking, according to the Associated Press. Students tend to drink less when their parents are aware of what they are doing, says Vermont...
September 20, 2013
Attorney General Eric Holder has announced the Justice Department will broaden a plan to change how some non-violent drug offenders are prosecuted. Last month, Holder said low-level, nonviolent drug offenders who are...
September 20, 2013
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will award up to $53 million this fiscal year to create a tobacco research program. Funding over five years could reach $273...
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...

 

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