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 […]

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 […]

Study Finds the Prevalence of Marijuana Use Among U.S. Adults Doubled Over Past Decade

October 26, 2015 0

The percentage of Americans who reported using marijuana in the past year more than doubled between 2001-2002 and 2012-2013, and the increase in marijuana use disorder during that time was nearly as large. Past year marijuana use rose from 4.1 percent to 9.5 percent of the U.S. adult population, while the prevalence of marijuana use disorder rose from 1.5 percent to 2.9 percent, according to national surveys conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse […]

E-Cigarettes Being Used to Vaporize Marijuana

October 7, 2015 0

E-cigarettes are being used by more people to smoke marijuana or synthetic drugs, CNNreports. People use the devices to get high without police, parents or teachers knowing. E-cigarette devices, known as vape pens, are showing up in a growing number of drug busts, according to CNN. It is almost impossible to tell whether a person is using them to smoke nicotine, marijuana concentrate or synthetic drugs such as K2 or Spice. “It’s the concealment method; […]

Commentary: Revisiting the Impact of Marijuana Legalization on Children

October 6, 2015 0

In December 2011, Join Together published a commentary entitled “Legalization of Marijuana and the Impact on Children.” The article stressed that future laws legalizing marijuana use should have strict provisions designed to prevent underage consumption. In the intervening 44 months, four states plus the District of Columbia have legalized the personal use and possession of small amounts of marijuana,[1] the number of states allowing the medicinal use of marijuana for debilitating medical conditions has increased […]

Baltimore Sun Editorial on Opioid Misuse

October 5, 2015 0

The statistics are sobering. Last year, nearly 900 Marylanders died from opioid misuse, including 578 from heroin alone, which means that opioid deaths account for more than 85 percent of all intoxication deaths throughout the state. And the problem is worsening; the 2014 data represent a 22 percent increase from the previous year and a 76 percent increase since 2010. Opioids are painkillers, like morphine and others, and the stories of the pain they cause […]

Why Medical Marijuana Can Still Get You Fired in Illinois

September 4, 2015 0

Although the Illinois Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act prohibits employers from discriminating against a marijuana patient, the act permits companies to drug test, enforce zero-tolerance policies, and discipline qualifying patients for violations. The Illinois law does not protect patients from being fired for failing a drug test. Employers can accommodate a worker’s medical marijuana use, but they are not required to do so. The Illinois Human Rights Act and Americans with Disabilities […]

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