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2012-09-24 06:27:13

Report also shows reductions in binge and heavy drinking among underage youth WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The number of people aged 18 to 25 who used prescription drugs for non-medical purposes in the past month declined 14 percent -- from 2.0 million in 2010 to 1.7 million in 2011 -- the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced today, during the 23(rd) annual national observance of National Recovery Month. Non-medical...

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...

2012-06-18 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...

2012-05-08 06:31:21

"AMCC Rx Drop" Will Direct Users to Safe Rx Disposal Sites WASHINGTON, May 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Medicine Chest Challenge (AMCC), the nation's largest privately funded public health campaign preventing prescription drug abuse, announced today, the release of a mobile app 'AMCC Rx Drop' connecting users to the locations of permanent prescription drug collection boxes for the collection of unused, unwanted, and expired medicine. This free App, sponsored by 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...

2012-03-29 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...

2011-12-01 10:42:59

The effectiveness of using specific fungi as mycoherbicides to combat illicit drug crops remains questionable due to the lack of quality, in-depth research, says a new report from the National Research Council.  Questions about the degree of control that could be achieved with such mycoherbicides, as well as uncertainties about their potential effects on nontarget plants, microorganisms, animals, humans, and the environment must be addressed before considering deployment.  The...

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...

2011-10-28 13:08:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mentor Foundation USA, the leading global organization in preventing drug abuse among youth, joins the National Institute on Drug Abuse and The Embassy of Sweden in observing National Drug Facts Day by bringing together top scientists, parents, educators and community members to address the growing problem of prescription drug abuse among youth. The seminar will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Embassy of Sweden, 2900...

2011-10-13 10:25:00

New Analysis Shows 1 in 4 Fatally Injured Drivers who Tested Positive for Drugs are Under the Age of 25; MADD Announces Support Services for Victims of Drugged Driving and Recognition for Law Enforcement Efforts WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Gil Kerlikowske, Director of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and Jan Withers, National President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) announced a new partnership to raise public awareness regarding the consequences...