Latest Office of National Drug Control Policy Stories

Teenagers Becoming Less Concered With Dangers Of Marijuana Use
2012-12-19 17:08:10

[Watch Video: Teens Less Concerned With Marijuana Dangers] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online According to a new survey, fewer teens see smoking pot as harmful, but the increase in everyday smokers is starting to level out. The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that 36 percent of high school seniors surveyed in 2012 said they smoked marijuana at least once in the previous year. Marijuana has been the most-popular illicit drug, and for the past...

Synthetic Marijuana Use Up Among Teenagers
2012-12-05 07:05:13

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new government report recently revealed that, in 2010, there were over 11,400 cases in U.S emergency rooms due to the adverse health effects of using synthetic marijuana. According to Health Day, the DAWN Report by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) discusses the growing use of synthetic marijuana and the problems related to it. Specifically, over 11 percent of high school seniors in...

Marijuana Use Up, Prescription Drugs Lose Favor With Youth
2012-09-25 13:42:03

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new study shows that many young people in the US are over their fling with prescription drugs and have gone back to their old standby, marijuana, when they need a vice. According to the numbers in this report, underage youth are also shying away from binge and heavy drinking, a trend which has been continuing since 2002. The US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) conducted this study and...

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...

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...

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