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 […]

At-Risk Youth in the Suburbs– Town Hall Meeting October 23, 2014

October 13, 2014 0

Poverty, homelessness, heroin — these are no longer just concerns for urban communities, but increasingly problems facing suburban communities as well. Please join us for a discussion of the growing challenges facing suburban youth.   We are pleased to invite you to attend the “At Risk Youth in the Suburbs” forum co-sponsored by the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association (IADDA) and the Illinois Collaboration on Youth (ICOY).  Our distinguished panelists include Rep. Patti Bellock, […]

Frequent Marijuana Use in Teens and Young Adults Can Affect the Brain: Researchers

August 25, 2014 0

Using marijuana at least once a week can lead to cognitive decline, poor attention and memory and decreased IQ in teens and young adults, according to researchers at the American Psychological Association annual meeting. Krista Lisdahl, Director of the Brain Imaging and Neuropsychology Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, noted that 6.5 percent of high school seniors reported smoking marijuana daily, up from 2.4 percent in 1993. Among young adults ages 18 to 25, almost […]

CDC: Overprescribing causes prescription painkiller abuse

July 7, 2014 0

Infographic by CDC In 2012 health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers — equaling a bottle of pills per American adult —according to data released by the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention on Tuesday. CDC Director Tom Frieden said in the agency’s July Vital Signs telebriefing that in this past decade, the number of prescriptions written have increased by 400 percent. With the surge in painkiller prescriptions, the U.S. has […]

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