Monthly Archive: June 2014

Jun 28

The myths of smoking pot – Washington Post

By: Ruth Marcus From her perch as head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse in Bethesda, Nora Volkow watches anxiously as the country embarks on what she sees as a risky social experiment in legalizing marijuana. For those who argue that marijuana is no more dangerous than tobacco and alcohol, Volkow has two main answers: We don’t entirely know , …

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Jun 27

Study Finds More Drivers Testing Positive for Prescription Drugs, Marijuana and Multiple Drugs

The profile of a drugged driver has changed substantially since 1993, according to a new study released this week in the journal Public Health Reports, which shows that more drivers are now testing positive for prescription drugs, marijuana and multiple drugs. “While we’ve seen a decrease over the years in motor vehicle fatalities involving people under the influence, …

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Jun 26

Urban Outfitters Crosses the Line with Pens Resembling Hypodermic Needles

irst it was the marijuana cook book and games for “stoners”, then the t-shirts promoting underage drinking and who can forget the flasks and glasses made to resemble prescription drug bottles? Now Urban Outfitters, the retail store popular with young teens, is at it again but have they crossed the line? To promote their new partnership with a salon called …

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Jun 15

Report on the amount of smoking in 2013 movies is available

The full report is available at www.escholarship.org/uc/item/1n74f4x1     SUMMARY of FINDINGS   • Exposure to on-screen smoking will recruit 6.4 million smokers from among today’s children. Two million of those recruited to smoke by films will die prematurely from tobacco-induced diseases.   • The percentage of youth-rated films with smoking continued a steady decline, with …

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Jun 10

Monitoring the Future 2013 Survey Results

Text Description of Infographic Top figure: Monitoring the Future is an annual survey of 8th, 10th, and 12th-graders conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, under a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health. Since 1975, the survey has measured drug, alcohol, and cigarette use …

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Jun 10

Emergency departments see increased visits involving the nonmedical use of sedative alprazolam – SAMHSA

By Laura Clark The number of emergency department visits involving non-medical use of the sedative alprazolam doubled from 57,419 to 124,902 during the years 2005 to 2010, and then remained stable at 123,744 in 2011, according to a new report issued today by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The non-medical use …

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Jun 02

Barton keeping focus on pain management – Lake Tahoe News

By Warren Withers Death by drug overdose has tripled from 1990 to 2008. In 2008, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 36,450 people died from a drug overdose and 75 percent of overdoses were prescription drug related. Of the prescription drug-related deaths in 2008, the CDC reports 74 percent were opiate prescription …

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