Past Month Alcohol Use Among U.S. 8th, 10th, and 12th Graders Continues to Decline; Approaching Levels of Marijuana Use

August 3, 2015 0

Alcohol use among middle and high school students continues to decline to record lows, according to data from the 2014 national Monitoring the Future survey. The percentage of 12th graders reporting past month alcohol use decreased from highs above 70% in the late 1970’s to 37% in 2014, the lowest rate since data collection began in 1975. Use among 8th and 10th graders has also declined, reaching record lows in 2014. While alcohol continues to […]

45% of painkiller users do not know they are taking opioids

July 27, 2015 0

Forty-five percent of Americans who use opioid prescription painkillers do not realize they are taking an opioid, or that the drug is just as addictive as heroin, according to a National Safety Councilsurvey. In fact, opioid painkillers and heroin have nearly identical chemical makeups and produce the same effects. Drug overdoses, largely from opioid painkillers, are a leading cause of unintentional injury death for American adults. The epidemic is a primary focus of National Safety Month, observed […]

Shocking News– Advertising influences youth on marijuana!

July 8, 2015 0

Viewing ads for medical marijuana may influence middle school students to use the drug, a new study suggests. Students in sixth through eighth grades who saw ads for medical marijuana were twice as likely as others to have used the drug or to say they intended to use it in the future, the study found. The study included more than 8,200 middle school students in Southern California, HealthDay reports. In the first year of the […]

Mislabeling is a problem with medical marijuana!

July 6, 2015 0

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association says 75 edible medical cannabis products purchased (under 47 different brands) in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle, 17 percent were accurately labeled, 23 percent were under-labeled, and 60 percent were over-labeled with respect to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content. Over-labeled products were most common in Los Angeles; under-labeled products were common in Seattle. Non–THC content was generally low. Forty-four products (59 percent) had detectable levels […]

Employers Can Fire Medical Marijuana Patients for Private, Off-Duty Use, Colo. Supreme Court Rules

June 26, 2015 0

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled employers can fire workers for using medical marijuana, even if they are not impaired at work. A quadriplegic medical marijuana patient was fired by Dish Network in 2010 for using the drug at home and off duty, which is not protected under the state’s “lawful activities statute.” He tested positive for THC during a random employee drug test. The court ruled the term “lawful” refers only to activities that are […]

Young children’s exposure to marijuana sharply increased in last decade!

June 18, 2015 0

Debates about legalizing marijuana have focused on crime rates, economic benefits, and health effects among adults. But a study published today from researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital shows that the risk to young children of swallowing, breathing in or otherwise being exposed to marijuana also needs to be considered The study, published online today in Clinical Pediatrics, found that the rate of marijuana exposure among children 5 years of age and younger rose 147.5 percent […]

Some US Facts on Marijuana use among youth.

June 9, 2015 0

Cannabis, or marijuana, refers to the dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds from the hemp plant Cannabis sativa, which contains the psychoactive (mind-altering) chemical delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), as well as other related compounds. This plant material can also be concentrated in a resin called hashish or a sticky black liquid called hash oil. THC is believed to be the main chemical ingredient that produces the psychoactive effect. Cannabis is often smoked in hand-rolled cigarettes (joints), pipes, […]

Chicago Tribune: Drug disposal program keeps pace with increasing prescription abuse

March 27, 2015 0

Lake County has expanded its prescription drug drop-off program to include 22 area police departments, with Winthrop Harbor the latest to join in the fight. The multi-organizational local effort made sure 7,800 pounds of unwanted or old prescription drugs didn’t reach the wrong hands in 2012. The following year, the program disposed of 8,200 pounds of prescriptions before reaching a staggering 12,000 pounds in 2014. “The use is climbing in Lake County,” said Bill Gentes, […]

2014 Monitoring the Future Survey results announced.

December 16, 2014 0

Today, ONDCP Acting Director Michael P. Botticelli joined Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse along with Dr. Lloyd Johnston and Dr. Richard Miech of the University of Michigan to announce the results of the 2014 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey.  The survey, conducted earlier this year by scientists at the University of Michigan, tracks annual drug use and attitudes among 8th, 10th, and 12th-grade students. There is good news in […]

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