Category Archive: Drugs in the News

Jan 12

Recreational Cannabis Is Now Legal. What Does This Mean For Parents?

Here is a list of frequently asked questions that parents should know to help educate youth: Question#1: When does the AUMA take effect? Answer: The AUMA took effect November 9, 2016, the day after the election. But note, the AUMA requires a state license to engage in commercial nonmedical marijuana activity. Licensing authorities are required …

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Dec 15

Recent Surges in Illegal Substance Use Among South Lake Tahoe Teens

Recent reports from representatives at our local high school have issued warnings of increased use of cocaine use and DXM abuse. DXM is a common ingredient found in many over the counter (OTC) cough medicines. Cocaine is an illegal highly addictive substance that can have serious long lasting detrimental effects on mental health. Cocaine is …

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Sep 28

Edible Marijuana Dangers: How Parents Can Prevent Pot Poisoning

​​​With marijuana now legal for medical or recreational use in more than half of U.S. states, the availability of pastries, candy and other tempting treats infused with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, is on the rise—and so is the accidental poisoning risk these products pose to children who get ahold of them. Marijuana can be dangerous …

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Feb 14

Alcohol is by far the most dangerous ‘date rape drug’

The news last month that a nail varnish was being developed to detect “date rape drugs” created a media furore, attracting praise and scepticism in roughly equal measure. But this is not the first product that claims to detect drugs added surreptitiously to drinks. In recent years, others have included coasters, strawsand glasses. The market for these items is unsurprising given widespread …

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Nov 07

The Adult Marijuana Use Act of 2016

Proponents of Prop. 64 are saying the initiative would end the drug war, free up cops and courts to focus on true crime, and even let imprisoned pot POWs go free. But a deeper look reveals that Prop. 64 will not do what it claims. Using the text of the initiative itself, this article looks …

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Apr 29

California Bill Would Allow Landlords to Ban Marijuana for Renters

BY ALEXEI KOSEFF   With legalization looming on the horizon, California lawmakers are already grappling over how to treat marijuana in a state with some of the strictest tobacco regulations in the country. A new bill from Assemblyman Jim Wood, D-Healdsburg, would extend to medical marijuana a 2011 law that permitted landlords to prohibit the smoking of cigarettes and …

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Oct 26

Marijuana Use and Disorders Have Doubled Since 2001

As attitudes and laws in the U.S. have become more tolerant of marijuana, the proportion of adults using and abusing the substance at least doubled between 2001 and 2013, according to a new study. Although marijuana dependence and abuse was found to be on the rise, that is largely due to the overall increase in …

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Oct 22

Dietary supplement use sends thousands to the ER each year

Bad reactions to dietary supplements are sending tens of thousands of Americans to the ER every year, a new study shows. More than 23,000 visits to emergency rooms occur annually due to complications from taking dietary supplements such as herbal or complementary nutritional products, vitamins, and minerals, according to scientists from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …

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Oct 13

Take as Prescribed: Drug Addiction in the US

The US consumes 80 percent of the world’s supply of painkillers, and overdoses from prescription opioid drugs kill at least 16,000 Americans every year - more than cocaine and heroin combined. Once thought to be a problem of the young, opioid addiction is becoming more common among elderly Americans. “I was taking exactly what the doctor prescribed, …

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Sep 16

FDA Orders Reynolds to Stop Sales of 4 Cigarette Brands

Reynolds American Inc can no longer sell Camel Crush Bold or three other cigarette products in the United States because they may be more dangerous than similar older cigarettes, the Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday. The 2009 Tobacco Control Act requires that new cigarettes be reviewed by the FDA before being allowed on …

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