Monthly Archive: August 2014

Aug 31

Science Should Guide Marijuana Policy

In a series of recent articles, The New York Times’ editors presented a case for repealing the federal ban on marijuana, including the disproportionate impact of current marijuana laws on minorities. While there is no question that we should rectify any injustices associated with such policies, we also need to consider and prepare for the escalation in social …

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Aug 29

New Research Sheds Light on Factors Driving Young Adults to Abuse Prescription Drugs

It isn’t peer pressure that is driving 18- to 29-year-olds to abuse and misuse prescription drugs, it’s the desire to have fun with friends. That’s the finding of a new Purdue University study, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In the study, which was reported on by Medical News Today, the authors note that …

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Aug 28

Smoke on a Plane: E-Cigarettes Ignite Controversy

Leah Ginsberg Aug 19, 2014 Getting on a plane? You might want to leave your e-cigarettes at home. (Photo: Thinkstock) There is new controversy over the use of electronic cigarettes on airplanes — but this time instead of it being about the health effects of the “vaping” on fellow passengers, it’s about fire safety. After an e-cigarette …

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Aug 09

Prescription Drug Abuse Rises Among High School Football Players

According to new research published in the Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, prescription drug abuse is rising among high school football players in the United States. The author of the study, Bryan Denham, a professor of sports communication at Clemson University, cross-tabulated quantitative data collected from the 2009 Monitoring the Future survey, taken by 2,273 high school …

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Aug 08

Lawmakers Call on FDA to Help Limit Youth Access to E-cigarettes

Thirteen Members of Congress this week called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take immediate action to protect young people from predatory e-cigarette marketing and distribution tactics. According to the journal Pediatrics, the number of children aged 12 to 17 years exposed to e-cigarette marketing increased by 256 percent between 2011 and 2013. …

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