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October 2014

Meet The Scientists Who May Have Found The Cure For Drug Addiction (Buzzfeed.com) 10/9/2014

Fluffy white rodents in a sterile laboratory’s row of windowless cages are hooked up to IV tubes, which are connected to levers that allow them to inject tiny hits of cocaine whenever they please. Usually, they go back for more as soon as their high starts to wear off. Turns out, rats love blow just as much as humans… Read more >

Medical Groups: Pregnant Women Should Be Asked About Drug Use (The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids) 10/14/2014

Several medical groups are calling for verbal drug screening for pregnant women, followed by a urine test if necessary, USA Today reports. The recommendation is meant to reduce the growing number of babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS)… Read more >

Painkiller deaths drop for first time since 1999 (USA Today) 10/15/2014

New federal data show deaths from prescription painkillers have decreased for the first time since 1999, while heroin deaths have surged, suggesting some addicts may have turned to illicit drugs as new federal and state restrictions made prescription narcotics harder to get… Read more >

After cutting tobacco sales, CVS is now pressuring other pharmacies to do the same (The Washington Post) 10/20/2014

CVS’s decision to stop selling tobacco products this year boosted its positive press, if not its sales; the company expects the move will cost about $2 billion in annual revenue. But the decision was part of a larger play to brand itself as a company focused on health care… Read more >

Toys R Us ‘Breaks Bad’ with New Crystal Meth Toys (Time.com) 10/20/2014

Parents aren’t happy that the toy store chain is selling drug dealer dolls, complete with bags of crystal meth and sacks of cash… Read more >

Toys R Us pulls ‘Breaking Bad’ dolls (USA Today) 10/21/2014

Toys R Us is pulling its four collectible dolls based on the characters of AMC’s hit series Breaking Bad after taking heat from a Florida mom who launched a petition campaign last week… Read more >

San Francisco Bill Would Require Drug Makers to Fund Take-Back Program (The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids) 10/23/2014

Officials in San Francisco have introduced a bill that would require drug manufacturers to fund and manage a take-back program for prescription drugs… Read more >

Two-Thirds of ER Visits for Opioid Overdoses Involve Prescription Drugs 10/28/2014

More than two-thirds of emergency department visits for opioid overdoses involve prescription drugs, a new study finds… Read more >

Growing Number of Cities Increase Legal Age for Buying Cigarettes to 21 (The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids) 10/29/2014 

An increasing number of cities are raising the legal age to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products from 18 to 21, The Wall Street Journal reports… Read more >

November 2014

Recreational Marijuana Legalized in Oregon and Alaska (The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids) 11/5/2014

Oregon and Alaska voted to legalize recreational marijuana use on Tuesday. In Washington, D.C., residents voted to allow possession of marijuana, but not retail sales of the drug, Reuters reports… Read more > 

Binge Drinking in Teen Years Could Lead to Lasting Changes in Brain: Rat Study (The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids) 11/5/2014

A new study in rats suggests heavy drinking during the teen years could lead to structural changes in the brain that last into adulthood. The changes occur in the region of the brain important in reasoning and decision-making… Read more >

How Quitting Smoking Changes Your Body (Huffington Post) 11/7/2014

The grim news is that cigarette smoking is attributed to about 443,000 deaths each year in the United States. The good news is… Read more >

​Hookahs deliver toxic benzene in every puff (CBS News) 11/21/2014

Many young people consider hookahs a hip and safer way to smoke, but a new study finds fumes from the water pipes contain the toxin benzene… Read more >

Abuse of sleep, anti-anxiety drugs a growing issue among teenagers, study shows (Fox News) 11/24/2014 

Statistics on teenagers abusing stimulant drugs to get ahead in school abound, but a new study suggests another rising problem among this age group: the abuse of sleep and anti-anxiety medications… Read more >

Sugar Rehab: New Treatment for Not-So-Sweet Addiction (NBC News) 11/28/2014

Sandie Leonard couldn’t wait to get her next fix. She would wake up with cravings and search her hiding spots when she felt low — in her kitchen, her car, her desk at school. Leonard’s drug of choice? Sugar… Read more >

Marijuana breath test under development at WSU 11/29/2014

Washington State University chemistry Professor Herbert Hill said existing technologies can be re-purposed to test breath for THC, pot’s psychoactive component, which would be useful to patrol officers who suspect someone is driving high… Read more >

December 2014

Why Campuses Haven’t Stopped Binge Drinking (The Chronicle of Higher Education) 12/2/2014

Despite decades of research, hundreds of campus task forces, and millions invested in bold experiments, college drinking remains as much of a problem as ever… Read more >

American Adults Need to Address Drinking Habits and Their Subsequent Consequences, New Survey by Caron Treatment Centers Reports (carontexas.org) 12/8/2014

Many American adults lack accountability when it comes to alcohol use and have engaged in high-risk behavior around the holidays as a result of drinking too much, according to findings from a new national survey by Caron Treatment Centers… Read more > 

Teen hookah and snus users more likely to move on to cigarettes (Fox News) 12/9/2014

Kids who smoke hookah or use snus are more likely to move on to cigarettes, according to a new study… Read more >

Curbing Alcohol Intake During the Holidays (The Wall Street Journal) 12/11/2014

How much alcohol is too much during the holidays, especially at office parties? Dr. Paul Hokemeyer joins WSJ’s Tanya Rivero to discuss the dangers of alcohol abuse… See video >

Parents Make Plea to Lawmakers to Pull Caffeine Powder From the Market (Good Morning America) 12/12/2014

Dennis and Katie Stiner ask that lawmakers take action on the substance that killed their teenage son… See video >

Why It’s Bad News That Some Teens Are Choosing E-Cigs Over Real Cigarettes (TIME) 12/16/2014

Fewer teens in the United States are smoking regular cigarettes, according to the results of a federally funded survey released Tuesday, but the popularity of electronic cigarettes suggests that some teens may be choosing e-cigs over traditional smokes… Read more >

Co-occurring Behavioral Disorders Common in College Students in Recovery: Study (The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids) 12/17/2014

Many college students participating in Collegiate Recovery Programs (CRPs) for drug and alcohol addictions also report being in recovery from or currently engaging in multiple behavioral addictions, a new survey finds. These addictions include eating disorders, and sex and love addiction… Read more >

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