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2012-07-30 10:24:10

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) opposes proposals to legalize marijuana anywhere in the United States, including three state measures on November 2012 ballots. Legalization initiatives in Colorado, Washington and Oregon create unacceptable risks to public health, according to a white paper approved by the ASAM Board of Directors at its July 25 meeting. Physicians and other health professionals must learn more about the real...

2012-06-28 06:28:24

CENTER CITY, Minn., June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hazelden President and CEO Mark Mishek said he was greatly relieved by today's U.S. Supreme Court decision to largely uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, calling it "an essential step forward for millions of people who need help overcoming addiction." Mishek noted that tens of millions of uninsured Americans now can gain access to nondiscriminatory addiction treatment services under the law, which includes...

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...

2012-06-01 08:49:21

NIH-funded research shows genetics can predict success of smoking cessation and need for medications Genetics can help determine whether a person is likely to quit smoking on his or her own or need medication to improve the chances of success, according to research published in today's American Journal of Psychiatry. Researchers say the study moves health care providers a step closer to one day providing more individualized treatment plans to help patients quit smoking. The study was...

2012-05-29 02:26:05

NEW YORK, May 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- For many, bad habits are thought to be matters of poor behavior, or of weak self-control--things that the individual ought to be able to control. According to the latest research, however, bad habits and addictions are actually rooted in the activity of the brain. Dr. Nora Volkow, who heads the National Institute on Drug Abuse, has published a new study that clarifies the role of the brain in matters of "bad habits" and addiction--and her research has...

2012-05-10 10:24:49

BOSTON, May 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS): On Friday, May 11, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston, Mass., will hear oral arguments in a federal lawsuit against the Drug Enforcement Administration for denying University of Massachusetts-Amherst Prof. Lyle Craker a license to grow marijuana for privately funded medical research. The arguments are the culmination...

2012-05-01 18:20:29

Only Half of Teens, 51 Percent, Now Say They See "Great Risk" in Using Marijuana Regularly ~Teen Abuse of Rx and Over-The-Counter Medicines Remain at Dangerous Levels~ NEW YORK, May 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New, nationally projectable survey results released today by The Partnership at Drugfree.org and MetLife Foundation found that past-month marijuana use - particularly heavy use - has increased significantly among U.S. high school students since 2008. The Partnership...

Marijuana Use Prevalent In Young Adults, According to Online Study
2012-04-19 08:09:37

Marijuana use is four times as likely among American young adults who are already tobacco smokers than those who are non-smokers, according to a recent Facebook-based survey conducted by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). The survey findings show a much greater prevalence of marijuana and tobacco co-use among smokers age 18 to 25 than previously reported, said the research team. Past studies have shown that roughly 35 percent of young adult tobacco users...

Synthetic Marijuana Use A Major Problem With Teens
2012-03-20 11:42:14

Synthetic marijuana, with nicknames such as “Mr. Smiley,” “Blaze,” and “Spice,” has been blamed on hospitalizations of at least three teens who have smoked or ingested the fake pot trying to get a legal high, according to a new report. The substance is created through a mixture of plant and herbal materials and sprayed with chemicals. And until recently, this relatively new drug has been sold legally in convenience stores around the country as potpourri...

2012-02-22 08:45:00

BOSTON, Feb. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Marijuana use is on the rise among teens and is currently at its highest level among eighth- to-12th-graders in 30 years.(1) Perhaps equally disturbing is that one-in-five (19 percent) teen drivers reports that they have driven under the influence of marijuana, according to the most recent teen driving study by Liberty Mutual Insurance and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions). In fact, marijuana influence is significantly more prevalent among...