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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...

2008-09-06 00:00:04

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - Cocaine and methamphetamine use among young adults declined significantly last year as supplies dried up, leading to higher prices and reduced purity, the government reports. Overall use of illicit drugs showed little change.About one in five young adults last year acknowledged illicit drug use within the previous month, a rate similar to previous years. But cocaine use declined by one-quarter and methamphetamine use by one-third.Drug use increased...

2008-09-05 09:00:04

By Bob Deans Cox News Service WASHINGTON -- The generation that once celebrated sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll as a rite of passage is carrying substance abuse into retirement, says a U.S. government survey released Thursday. Illicit drug use shot up 116 percent over the past five years for Americans between the ages of 55 and 59, according to a 2007 study by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. In that age group, 4.1 percent of those queried said they...

2008-09-04 12:00:33

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Current illicit drug use among teens is continuing to decline, according to a new report by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released today. The study also shows positive signs that teens are seeing the dangers of abusing prescription drugs and methamphetamine and are pushing back. Among youth ages 12-17, the 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), the Nation's largest substance use survey, shows...

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2008-09-04 11:25:00

A U.S. agency said on Thursday that cocaine and methamphetamine use among young adults declined significantly last year while abuse of prescription pain drugs increased. Cocaine use declined by one-quarter and methamphetamine use by one-third while about one in five young adults last year acknowledged illicit drug use within the previous month. However, illicit drug use among those aged 55 to 59 more than doubled, to 4.1 percent in 2007 from the previous year, according to the report from the...

2008-09-04 09:00:00

The Associated Press WASHINGTON Cocaine and methamphetamine use among young adults declined significantly last year as supplies dried up, leading to higher prices and reduced purity, the government reports. Overall use of illicit drugs showed little change. About one in five young adults last year acknowledged illicit drug use within the previous month, a rate similar to previous years. But cocaine use declined by one-quarter and methamphetamine use by one-third. Drug use increased...

2008-08-06 12:00:57

By Lewis Griswold, The Fresno Bee, Calif. Aug. 6--The nation's drug czar chopped down marijuana plants growing deep inside the Sequoia National Forest in Tulare County on Tuesday. John Walters, who holds the Cabinet-level position as director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, came to California to bring attention to a new locally coordinated, but partly federally funded, marijuana eradication program to raid marijuana gardens planted on public lands by Mexican...

2008-05-28 03:00:00

By Barrington, Kyle Abstract Illegal drug use and abuse by the nation's secondary school students is a continuing public health issue and this is especially true for students living in rural, low-income areas where access to intervention and treatment services is often limited. To address this issue, some school districts have implemented voluntary, randomized, student drug-testing (VRSDT) programs. The quantitative findings of this quasi-experimental study revealed that VRSDT had no...

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2008-02-18 00:00:00

The American College of Physicians (ACP) issued a new policy statement this week endorsing medical marijuana use.  The group is urging the government to reverse its ban on medical treatments using marijuana."ACP encourages the use of nonsmoked forms of THC (the main psychoactive element in marijuana) that have proven therapeutic value," the new policy statement said.The group also advocates research into other therapeutic uses of marijuana.The Philadelphia-based organization, the second...


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