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2012-07-03 06:23:47

WASHINGTON, July 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Mexican election has put the Drug War in limbo, ex-White House Drug Policy spokesman Robert Weiner is saying today, joined by Latin American policy analyst George Clingan. Weiner and Clingan say in an oped in the Arizona Republic today entitled, "U.S. Must Boost Drug-War Aid to Stop the Cartels," that President-Elect of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto, elected Sunday and taking office December 1, has stated he will 'change'...

2012-06-18 22:06:05

Officials cracking down on medical marijuana dispensaries While marijuana use by teens has been increasing since 2005, an analysis of data from 1993 through 2009 by economists at three universities has found no evidence to link the legalization of medical marijuana to increased use of the drug among high school students. "There is anecdotal evidence that medical marijuana is finding its way into the hands of teenagers, but there's no statistical evidence that legalization increases the...

2012-05-30 14:26:00

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., May 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This year, five leading non-profits at the forefront of health and drug policy reform will benefit from a generous bequest of approximately $10 million from the estate of software pioneer Ashawna (Shawn) Hailey. The gift will dramatically increase these organizations' ability to reform government policies and public attitudes about health and drug policy. Half of the total bequest--approximately $5 million--will benefit the...

Saturday Marks Fourth Annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
2012-04-27 09:11:34

Connie K. Ho for RedOrbit.com Using the slogan “Got Drugs,” the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), it allows members of the community to turn in unwanted or unused prescription drugs in a safe manner. “68 percent of new users and 66 percent of occasional users got their pills from a friend or relative,” noted Gil Kerlikowske, director of the...

2012-04-19 10:24:03

LOS ANGELES, April 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With the legalization of marijuana back in the headlines on the eve of 4/20, a new study says that America's most popular primetime shows reflect growing skepticism about the effectiveness of the 40-year-old War on Drugs, which was debated this week at the Summit of the Americas. The study also found that primetime dramas stayed closer to reality than common stereotypes about what drugs Americans are abusing and what drug users look like. A video by...

2012-03-29 06:23:55

WASHINGTON, March 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At the National Summit on Preventing Youth Violence, to be held on April 2-3 in Washington, D.C., mayors, police chiefs, school officials and youth, among other local representatives, will report on their efforts to prevent youth violence in connection with the Obama Administration's National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention. Officials from Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, Tenn., Salinas, Calif. and San Jose, Calif. will...

2011-11-04 14:47:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mentor Foundation USA, the international organization that is focused on preventing drug abuse among youth, joined the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Embassy of Sweden in observing National Drug Abuse Facts Day on Nov. 2, bringing together top scientists, parents, educators, counselors, community members and students to find ways to address the growing problem of prescription drug abuse by youth. Speakers at the conference, which...

2011-09-13 09:33:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new study demonstrates the successfulness of a prevention program that educates and equips parents and other caregivers to be better able to deal with their teens on drug and alcohol issues. Its results were announced today by The Partnership at Drugfree.org. The program, Parents360 Plus, is the latest innovation in PACT360, the law enforcement-led community education initiative developed by The Partnership at Drugfree.org with grant...

Illicit Drug Use Rising In The US
2011-09-09 05:01:17

  The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), reveals that drug use rose in the US between 2008 and 2010. It indicates that 22.6 million Americans aged 12 or older (8.9 percent of the population) were currently drug users. In 2008 the rate of drug use was 8 percent while in 2009 through 2001 the percentage stayed steady at 8.7 percent. The survey indicates that the increased rate of drug...

2011-04-21 00:00:27

In response to the Obama Administration's recent request to increase the drug war budget, Unity Rehab creates an infographic that illustrates the amount of money already spent on our failed war on drugs and offers a more sensible alternative. West Palm Beach, FL (PRWEB) April 20, 2011 In a recent release of the Obama administration's 2011 fiscal budget proposal, Obama requested $15.5 billion for federal drug control, a 3.5% increase over last years. Obama's budget request, which maintains...