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2009-03-05 14:07:00

High Level Meeting Convenes in Vienna to Chart Future of Drug Control Efforts NEW YORK, March 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In advance of a United Nations meeting meant to set the direction of drug policy for the next decade, the Open Society Institute today released a new report documenting the costs to health and human rights of current, repressive approaches to drug control. Country delegates gathering in Vienna next week are expected to issue a political declaration that could impact...

2009-02-26 11:08:00

Makers of OTC cough medicines committed to continuing multi-pronged effort to raise awareness WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New survey data released today by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America offers some promising news regarding teens and the abuse of over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicines. According to the 20th annual Partnership Attitude Tracking Survey (PATS), a national study of teen behavior and attitudes about drugs and alcohol, an increased number of teens view...

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2009-02-05 14:08:24

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents this week raided four Westside California medical marijuana dispensaries, angering supporters of pot for medicinal purposes who cited a comment made by President Barack Obama during his bid for the presidency last year. DEA agents seized more than 400 pounds of marijuana and other cannabis infused items along with about $10,000 cash, according to special agent Sarah Pullen, spokeswoman for the DEA, adding that no arrests were made. The raids...

2008-12-05 11:36:00

Drug Take-Back Network Launched by Product Stewardship Institute and King Pharmaceuticals WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) convened its second National Pharmaceuticals Dialogue Meeting earlier this week in Washington, DC to discuss ways to improve the disposal of unused medications to combat increasing rates of prescription drug abuse, accidental poisonings, and environmental contamination. The meeting, sponsored by King Pharmaceuticals,...

2008-12-02 10:00:00

- Some Parents Missing Opportunities to Connect - - Only 1 in 4 Teens Report Parents Have Warned of Prescription Drug Abuse Dangers - NEW YORK, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- New research from the Partnership for a Drug-Free America and MetLife Foundation shows that many parents who don't use e-mail or text messaging to communicate with their teens may be missing important opportunities to connect with their kids about drug and alcohol use. The national survey of more than 1,000 teens and 1,000...

2008-10-07 12:00:28

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Director of National Drug Control Policy, John P. Walters, today released a startling data compilation indicating the extent to which Internet sites -- particularly those that post user-generated content -- can spread misinformation and facilitate dangerous behaviors among teens, tweens, and younger children. These behaviors can include drug and alcohol use, self-mutilation, extreme violence, and anorexia and other eating disorders. While many parents are...

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2008-10-07 10:40:00

Speaking in support of a new study about drug-related videos on popular social networking sites, the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy told reporters that Internet videos have the ability to influence teenage drug activity. According to a study that took place in June, five percent of teens on the Internet acknowledged watching at least one drug-related video that month. "Parents would be horrified to think that people are sneaking into their house to encourage their...

2008-10-03 12:00:27

What would you do if your mom brought a drug-sniffing dog into your bedroom? It's one of the off-the wall actions of "Patsy," a well-intentioned, high-energy mother determined to go to any length to keep her kids from using drugs and alcohol. The character "Patsy" is the star of a series of home-video style television spots the Partnership for a Drug-Free America launches this week to steer parents toward the right way to talk to their kids about drugs. Hill Holliday New York, a top national...

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2008-09-12 15:05:00

Mexican drug cartels, finding it harder to smuggle in marijuana, are growing more of their crops in the United States, officials say. Cartels are reported growing their illegal weed in national parks and on other public land, endangering visitors and damaging the environment, USA Today says. John Walters, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, says 75 to 80 percent of marijuana grown outdoors is on state or federal land. The Drug Enforcement Administration says there were...

2008-09-12 06:00:23

By Judy Keen CHICAGO -- Mexican drug cartels are stepping up marijuana cultivation in U.S. national parks and on other public land, endangering visitors and damaging the environment, law enforcement and National Park Service officials say. John Walters, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, says 75%-80% of marijuana grown outdoors is on state or federal land. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) says there were more than 4.8million marijuana-plant seizures at...