Can we please stop pretending marijuana is harmless? The view from New England.

May 10, 2017 0

These days, it’s become fairly square to criticize marijuana and its rush toward legalization. Twenty-three states have condoned the drug in some form, with four permitting recreational use, and Massachusetts is set to vote on permitting it next year. The proposed federal CARERS Act of 2015 would let states legalize medical marijuana without federal interference and demote pot from a Schedule I drug — one with high abuse potential — to Schedule II. The path toward nationwide decriminalization is […]

Interesting information on Marijuana and Driving from Colorado

March 10, 2017 0

The Colorado Department of Transportation is not encouraged by some of the results of a recent survey that had drivers candidly discuss their driving habits. Nearly a quarter of Colorado drivers admit to having recently read messages on their phones while driving, according to the survey. And the number of drivers who admitted to speeding (69 percent) is increasing, with about a quarter of drivers saying they speed more often than not. The results aren’t […]

Expansion of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Services

June 29, 2016 0

To address the growing number of Lake County residents struggling with opioid addictions, the Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center is doubling the capacity of its Medication-Assisted Treatment program. It is expanding treatment to 200 people struggling with opioid addictions through a grant of $325,000 from the Health Resources and Services Administration. “The expansion of our MAT program is an essential next step in the regional effort to address the opioid epidemic, which has had […]

America’s opioid addiction: ‘I ended up selling all my valuable stuff to buy pills’

May 19, 2016 0

On the outskirts of Kingsport, Tennessee, Kim, a therapist, faces a small group of people sitting in folding chairs. She’s helping them rid their life of illegal drugs. The attendees are all white and working class, self-described “dirt poor”, and none with college degrees. They have come to spend hours talking of past and present pains, offer each other support, and pee in a cup. If they pass the test, they will get their weekly […]

Can a teen’s clothing reveal if they drink?

April 14, 2016 0

Teens are more likely to begin drinking alcohol if they own alcohol branded merchandise such as shirts, hats, and keychains, according to a recent study. An Australian researcher, whose work was published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, analyzed 13 studies on the association between alcohol merchandise ownership and consumption, which included more than 26,000 kids and teens. Some of the studies found up to 59 percent of kids and teens own alcohol branded merchandise. […]

Congressman Dold on Opioid’s

April 11, 2016 0

In this week’s Republican address, Rep. Bob Dold (R-IL) will discuss Congress’s work to combat the growing opioid epidemic that is plaguing the country. “As a co-chair of the Suburban Anti-Heroin Task Force in Illinois, I’ve seen firsthand the unimaginable suffering that heroin has brought onto families in our community and around the country,” Rep. Dold said. “Heroin doesn’t discriminate by demographics, zip code, or partisanship, which is why we can’t let politics get in the […]

How to Prevent Drug Use at Every Age

April 8, 2016 0

How old is your child? 2 to 4 Year Old Since the foundation for all healthy habits — from nutrition to toothbrushing— is laid down during the preschool years, this is a great time to set the stage for a drug-free life. Tips What to Say 5 to 8 Year Old 5-to-8-year olds are still tied to family and eager to please but they’re also beginning to explore their individuality. Tips What to Say Your […]

Study Links Marijuana Use to Greater Risk for Developing Addiction to Other Drugs

March 1, 2016 0

A new study suggests marijuana smokers may be significantly more likely to develop an addiction to other drugs and alcohol than people who don’t use marijuana. People who used marijuana were not more likely to develop a mood or anxiety disorder,HealthDay reports. “This new finding raises the possibility that the recent rise in marijuana use may be contributing to the coincident rise in serious harms related to narcotics and other drugs of abuse,” said lead […]

FBI Video, “Chasing the Dragon,” Illustrates Opiate Addiction’s Toll

February 22, 2016 0

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has created a documentary this week that illustrates the toll of opiate addiction, The Kansas City Star reports. The film, called “Chasing the Dragon,” will be distributed to school districts nationwide and can be downloaded for free. High school students are a principal target audience of the film. The documentary is designed to send a message of deterrence to young people thinking of trying drugs, or who are just […]

Smoking Most Prevalent Mode of Lifetime Marijuana Use Among Adults; 30% Report Consuming in Edibles and 10% Report Vaporizing

December 7, 2015 0

Slightly more than one-third (35%) of adults reported ever using marijuana in 2014, according to data from a nationally representative consumer panel survey. Among those adults, smoking was reported as the most prevalent mode of marijuana use. A majority of users reported smoking joints (89%), around one-half reported using bongs, waterpipes, or hookahs (49%) or bowls or pipes (48%), and one-fourth (25%) smoked marijuana in blunts. Other modes of marijuana use included ingesting marijuana in […]

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