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October 2015

Flavored Tobacco Products Popular With Teens: Study (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids) 10/1/2015

Among middle and high school students who have used tobacco products in the last month, 70 percent have used at least one flavored product during that time, a new government study finds… Read more >

Oregon Starts Sales of Recreational Marijuana (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids) 10/1/2015

Oregon began sales of recreational marijuana Thursday. Some dispensaries that already sell medical marijuana started selling recreational marijuana shortly after midnight… Read more >

Recovering addicts defend Berks County’s spending on drug treatment (Reading Eagle) 10/2/2015

Tom Scornavacchi attributes his survival to the public subsides that brought his cost of going through addiction recovery to a somewhat-manageable $3 a week. Alcoholism had led him from business executive to being homeless. Now a pastor at Atonement Lutheran Church in Wyomissing, he leads a ministry that helps other recovering addicts… Read more >

Uniting to Face Addiction (The OZ Blog) 10/4/2015

The storm blared onto the news on Thursday with the fury of a thousands suns… All hell was breaking loose and the East Coast was starting to panic as Hurricane Joaquin tore through the Bahamas… Read more >

Thousands Attend Washington, D.C. Rally to Draw Attention to Addiction (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids) 10/6/2015

A rally on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to draw attention to the problem of addiction drew thousands of people Sunday, The Washington Post reports… Read more >

Senators Propose Raising Smoking Age to 21 Nationwide (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids) 10/6/2015

Ten U.S. senators are proposing to raise the nationwide smoking age to 21. The bill is unlikely to pass, according to U.S. News & World Report… Read more >

Quitting Smoking May Help People With History of Alcohol Problems Stay Sober (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids) 10/8/2015

A new study suggests quitting smoking may help people with a history of alcohol problems to stay sober, HealthDay reports. The study of recovering alcoholics found smokers were two times more likely than nonsmokers to start drinking again three years later… Read more >

Can we please stop pretending marijuana is harmless? (Boston Globe) 10/8/2015

These days, it’s become fairly square to criticize marijuana and its rush toward legalization… Read more >

Should the Smoking Age Be 21? Some Legislators Say Yes (The Pew Charitable Trust) 10/14/2015

While a growing number of states have turned their attention to marijuana legalization, another proposal has been quietly catching fire among some legislators—raising the legal age to buy cigarettes… Read more >

Substance Abuse Prevention Advocates Protest Syringe Pens Sold for Halloween (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids) 10/15/2015

Parents and drug abuse prevention advocates are protesting the sale of syringe pens being promoted as Halloween novelty items, the Associated Press reports… Read more >

Here’s How Much Your Hangover Costs The Nation (Huffington Post) 10/19/2015

If you’re recovering from a night of drinking right now, you’re about to get hit with a major buzzkill. Your hangover habit (along with everybody else’s) is costing the country a pretty penny in lost productivity. It costs $85.3 billion — or 8 trillion, 53 billion pennies, to be exact… Read more >

Could medical marijuana users become addicted to pot? (Chicago Tribune) 10/19/2015

Depressed, withdrawn and coping with a death in the family, Joseph thought getting high would help him feel better… Read more >

Teens Are Smoking Less, Using Pot More (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids) 10/20/2015

American teens are smoking less, as much as a 64 percent drop in recent years, but a new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that teen use of pot has doubled, according to HealthDay… Read more >

Sobering stories of drug addiction in West Virginia (PBS NEWSHOUR) 10/21/2015

In our NewsHour Shares video of the day, high schoolers from one of our Student Reporting Labs attended a community forum in West Virginia on drug addiction. They share some personal stories from community members on how addiction has affected their lives… Read and watch video here >

Obama Strikes Personal Note as He Urges Help for Addiction (The New York Times) 10/21/2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — President Obama came on Wednesday to a hotbed of one of the deadliest epidemics in American history and, as he had at a prison in Oklahoma in July, saw a life he might have led in the stories of drug addicts and their parents… Read more >

FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Announces Public and Private Sector Efforts to Address Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Use (The White House) 10/21/2015

Prescription drug abuse and heroin use have taken a heartbreaking toll on too many Americans and their families, while straining law enforcement and treatment programs… Read more >

President Obama Speaks as a Father, Pushing to End Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Epidemic (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids) 10/22/2015

President Obama visited West Virginia on Wednesday, a state ravaged by one of the deadliest epidemics in the nation, to talk with leaders and listen to parents who have lost, or who have nearly lost, children to addiction… Read more >

First-time tobacco users lured by flavorings, report says (LA Times) 10/26/2015

A majority of adolescents who are puffing, vaping or chewing a tobacco product for the first time prefer one with flavor, suggesting that fruity, tangy, spicy or minty flavorings add a powerful allure to the uninitiated… Read more >

Commentary: New ASAM Policy Statement on Marijuana Emphasizes Public Health and Safety (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids) 10/28/2015

The national discussion on the legal status of marijuana has been a hot-button issue since Colorado became the first state to legalize the recreational use and retail manufacturing and sale of the substance in 2012… Read more >

Teens Who Take Prescription Painkillers May be at Greater Risk of Future Opioid Misuse (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids) 10/29/2015

Teens who are prescribed opioid painkillers may be at greater risk of future opioid misuse, a new study suggests… Read more >

Drug addict turns himself in, moved by President Obama’s speech on drug abuse (The Washington Post) 10/29/2015

Not long after President Barack Obama finished speaking in West Virginia, the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office received a phone call from a man in a Charleston suburb who said he needed help from law enforcement… Read more >

November 2015

60 Minutes: Heroin in the Heartland (CBS News) 11/1/2015

The faces of heroin include the young, middle-to-upper class and suburban. What was once thought of as an inner-city problem is now a national epidemic… Read/Watch more >

Nasal Spray Version of Naloxone Approved to Treat Opioid Overdoses (The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids) 11/19/2015

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday approved a nasal spray version of the opioid overdose antidote naloxone (Narcan)… Read more >

December 2015

60 Minutes: A New Direction On Drugs (CBS News) 12/13/2015

Top drug official Michael Botticelli says the old war on drugs is all wrong, and wants to refocus the country’s drug policy… Read/Watch more >

January 2016

Study: E-cigarettes don’t help smokers quit (CBS News) 1/14/2016

Electronic cigarettes are widely marketed as a way to help smokers quit traditional cigarettes, but a large new analysis finds they may actually have the opposite effect… Read more >

This mother drank while pregnant. Here’s what her daughter’s like at 43. (The Washington Post) 1/18/2016

Kathy Mitchell wants to share something with you. She’s not proud of it, and it’s not a behavior she hopes you’ll emulate… Read more >

How the Epidemic of Drug Overdose Deaths Ripples Across America (The New York Times) 1/19/2016

Deaths from drug overdoses have jumped in nearly every county across the United States, driven largely by an explosion in addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin… Read more >

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