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2012-03-13 14:00:00

MADISON, N.J., March 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Safety-sensitive workers have been subject to more stringent government drug testing rules over the past year, and the crackdown may be paying off, according to annual Drug Testing Index(TM) data released today by Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX), the world's leading provider of diagnostic testing, information and services. New data reveal a 33% jump in cocaine positives in the safety-sensitive workforce, largely driven by new, lower cutoff rules...

2012-03-06 12:03:19

Researchers use adoption model to understand impact of genetics and environment The risk of abusing drugs is greater — even for adopted children — if the family environment in which they are raised is dysfunctional, according to a new study conducted by a collaborative team from Virginia Commonwealth University and Lund University in Sweden. Previous research suggests that drug abuse is strongly influenced by a mix of genetic factors and the environment, including influences...

2012-03-06 11:31:37

In a national Swedish adoption study, the risk for drug abuse appears to be increased among adopted children whose biological parents had a history of drug abuse, according to a report published Online First by Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Drug abuse is a worldwide public health problem and much effort has gone into understanding the nature of familial factors, the authors write in their study background. Kenneth S. Kendler, M.D., of Virginia...

2012-02-29 15:11:00

DENVER, Feb. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Multiple studies, conducted independently by Researched Abuse, Diversion and Addiction-related Surveillance (RADARS®) System, indicate low rates of abuse, diversion and non-medical use of the pain reliever tapentadol IR since the product launched in 2009. The results of the 18-month RADARS® System study on tapentadol IR were presented at the American Academy of Pain Medicine's 28th Annual Meeting. According to the Centers for Disease Control,...

2012-02-20 08:15:00

Narconon East US Long Term Drug Rehab mourns the loss of another great American talent: Whitney Houston. This tragic death is a reminder of the frailty of human life and how quickly life can be lost in the face of the U.S prescription drug overdose epidemic. Clearwater, FL (PRWEB) February 20, 2012 Narconon East US Long Term Drug Rehab mourns the loss of another great American talent: Whitney Houston. This tragic death is a reminder of the frailty of human life and how quickly any life...

2012-02-15 13:55:00

Steven Sherman, founder of "Just Pray NO!" announces that the 22nd Annual "Worldwide Weekend of Prayer and Fasting" will take place the weekend of April 14 — April 15, 2012. Clearwater, FL (PRWEB) February 15, 2012 Whitney Houston did not die from drowning, but rather from what appears to be a combination of Xanax and other prescription drugs mixed with alcohol. http://www.tmz.com/2012/02/13/whitney-houston-cause-of-death-prescription-drugs-drowning-atlanta/ In spite of beauty, talent...

2012-02-03 14:00:00

Burning Tree, a long term drug treatment center in Texas, reintroduces to the addiction community a proven, but sometimes forgotten about, method of treating chronic addicts and their families. Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) February 03, 2012 One method to treat the chronic abuse of illicit prescription drugs and alcohol is drawing more attention from persons with chemical dependence and their families. That solution is available through long-term rehabilitation, a consistently overlooked option...

2012-02-01 13:22:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Misuse of alcohol and other drugs has reached epidemic proportions in the Washington DC area, according to a recent Federal survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The District now ranks first in the nation for dependence and misuse of drugs or alcohol. Nearly 9 1/2% of DC residents need but do not receive treatment for alcohol use, compared to the national average of about 7%. Aquila Recovery...

2012-01-26 16:09:00

Mandatory Prescriber Education for All Classes, All Schedules of Controlled Substances CHEVY CHASE, Md., Jan. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Prescription drug diversion and the health consequences of prescription drug misuse and abuse should be of primary concern to all physicians," states American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Acting President, Stuart Gitlow, MD. "Tens of thousands of Americans are overdosing on prescription pain medication and many of these...

2012-01-24 15:32:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett today nominated Gary Tennis of Philadelphia to serve as secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, which is being created as a result of a 2010 state law. Tennis is retired from his previous position as chief of the legislation unit in the Philadelphia's District Attorney's Office, where he represented the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association working with the General Assembly. "Gary Tennis...