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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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2007-09-18 09:00:00

By SAM HANANEL WASHINGTON - Nearly a quarter of teens say it would be "very easy" or "somewhat easy" to gain access to methamphetamine, a survey released Tuesday shows. One in three teens also believes there is only a "slight risk" or "no risk" in trying meth once or twice, according to the study by The Meth Project, a nonprofit anti-drug group that produces gritty ads to show the perils of meth abuse. And about one in four teens said there are benefits to using meth. Twenty-four percent...

2007-06-25 12:04:15

ST. LOUIS, June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and local Missouri experts urged parents today to take action against the latest drug abuse trend among teens: abuse of prescription drugs to get high. State data show that Missouri is following this national trend. Teens are turning away from street drugs and using prescription drugs, especially pain killers, to get high. In fact, in Missouri, teens are abusing pain killers, such as Vicodin or...

2006-04-28 14:39:52

By Bernd Debusmann, Special Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. drug czar has been challenged to explain disputed statistics underlying a string of rosy reports on progress in cutting the flow of cocaine from South America, one of which prompted an expert to liken the official numbers to "lipstick on a pig." The request came in a detailed 1,800-word letter to John Walters, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), from Senator Chuck...

2006-04-20 21:00:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will publish a statement on Friday criticizing state measures to legalize the medical use of marijuana, calling them attempts to bypass scientific review. The agency said it was posting the statement in response to requests from lawmakers and others, but advocates for legalizing marijuana said the FDA was making an unusual and inappropriate foray into politics. "In response to...

2006-03-20 12:20:00

By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Student athletes, musicians and others who participate in after school activities could increasingly be subject to random drug testing under a program promoted by the Bush administration. White House officials say drug testing is an effective way to keep students away from harmful substances like marijuana and crystal methamphetamine, and have held seminars across the country to promote the practice to local school officials. But some parents, educators...

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2006-03-19 09:10:00

By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON -- Student athletes, musicians and others who participate in after school activities could increasingly be subject to random drug testing under a program promoted by the Bush administration. White House officials say drug testing is an effective way to keep students away from harmful substances like marijuana and crystal methamphetamine, and have held seminars across the country to promote the practice to local school officials. But some parents, educators and...

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2006-03-07 11:40:00

By Bernd Debusmann, Special Correspondent Washington -- Despite three decades of upbeat reports on battles won in the war on drugs, cocaine, heroin and marijuana are as easily available as ever and experts say the United States has yet to develop a strategy that works. Just as in previous years, the government's progress reports for this year on drug control point to new records on cocaine seizures and on the eradication of coca plantations in Colombia, the world's top producer of cocaine....

2006-02-10 08:05:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More girls than boys are becoming first-time users of alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana, reversing previous trends, the U.S. drug czar said in a report released on Thursday. "Girls have become users at rates that exceed boys or equal boys now, which never used to be the case," John Walters, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, said in a telephone interview. The report found 1.5 million U.S. girls 18 or under started using alcohol in 2004,...

2006-02-09 18:16:51

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More girls than boys are becoming first-time users of alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana, reversing previous trends, the U.S. drug czar said in a report released on Thursday. "Girls have become users at rates that exceed boys or equal boys now, which never used to be the case," John Walters, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, said in a telephone interview. The report found 1.5 million U.S. girls 18 or under started using alcohol...


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