Winter 2015

January 2015

A Hundred Years’ Failure (Politico Magazine) 1/2/2015

Let’s all pause today to wish a happy 100th birthday to the War on Drugs. And what a century it’s been.. Read more >

Alcohol Poisoning Kills 6 Americans a Day  (TIME) 1/6/2015

CDC says alcohol poisoning deaths are a greater problem than previously thought… Read more >

Traumatic Brain Injury and Drug Use—A Closer Look (NIDA for Teens Blog) 1/15/2015

It’s the big game. You’re running full speed toward the goal line. You have it in sight. You are focused. You are fast. This is it. BAM! You’ve been hit. This is not it. The ball is gone. The moment is passed. And you are on your back. Nothing is broken. But your brain has been rattled. That hit has led to a traumatic brain injury (TBI)… Read more >

Odd Byproduct of Legal Marijuana: Homes That Blow Up (The New York Times) 1/17/2015

DENVER — When Colorado legalized marijuana two years ago, nobody was quite ready for the problem of exploding houses… Read more >

Smokers Spend Average of $1.4 Million in Personal Costs: Study (The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids) 1/21/2015 

Smokers burn through an average of $1.4 million in personal costs, a new study concludes… Read more >

U.S. Painkiller Abuse ‘Epidemic’ May Be Declining, Study Says (Health Day) 1/20/2015

The U.S. “epidemic” of prescription-painkiller abuse may be starting to reverse course, a new study suggests… Read more >

E-Cigarettes Can Churn Out High Levels Of Formaldehyde (NPR) 1/21/2015

Vapor produced by electronic cigarettes can contain a surprisingly high concentration of formaldehyde — a known carcinogen — researchers reported Wednesday… Read more >

InstaBuzzed: Celebrities, Drugs, and Social Media (NIDA for Teens: Drugs and Health Blog) 1/22/2015

There are more teens on Instagram than any other social media platform—and many follow their favorite actors, singers, and athletes… Read more >

On Painkillers and Thinking about Getting Pregnant? Better Talk To Your Doctor | Washington Post  (Children’s Safety Network) 1/27/2015 

More than one-fourth of women who might become pregnant are getting prescriptions for opioid painkillers, such as Vicodin and OxyContin, that can cause birth defects and other serious problems early in pregnancy, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.. Read more >

“Synthetic Marijuana” – Nothing Like Real Marijuana, Expert Explains (The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids) 1/28/2015

Although authorities are trying to crack down on synthetic marijuana, emergency department physicians are still seeing an influx of young people who experience serious side effects after taking the drug, according to Lewis S. Nelson, M.D., Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and a medical toxicologist at NYU Langone Medical Center… Read more >

February 2015

Rehab Centers Prep For Influx After Super Bowl Sunday (ABC News) 2/2/2015

Super Bowl Sunday can mean lots of fun with family and friends, but for alcoholics or recovering alcoholics it can also mean a hazardous night that can lead to heavy drinking… Read more >

Some Kids Use Tobacco, E-Cigarettes Together, Study Finds ( 2/2/2015

American children and teens who smoke may also use a variety of other nicotine delivery systems, including e-cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, hookahs and pipes, a new study finds… Read more >

Mexican Drug Cartels Profit from Exporting Heroin to United States (The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids) 2/3/2015

Mexican drug cartels are increasing their profits by exporting more heroin to the United States, the Associated Press reports. They are refining opium paste into high-grade white heroin, and using distribution routes they built for cocaine and marijuana… Read more >

E-Cigs Weaken Immune Systems in Mice, Study Says (TIME) 2/5/2015

Latest study underscores the need for more research into electronic cigarettes…Read more >

For college students, being a ‘good Samaritan’ can be complicated (USA Today: Voices from Campus) 2/6/2015

Emily Holland didn’t expect she would have to make a lifesaving phone call her second weekend at George Washington University, but when her friend got alcohol poisoning, she was faced with a difficult decision… Read more >

TV Experiments With Pot: Television is adding more pot-driven shows (WallStreet Journal) 2/12/2015

On a recent episode of ABC’s popular comedy “Modern Family,” the new couple next door to the Dunphy family has an unusual line of work: They own a marijuana dispensary… Read more >

Topton gets new tool in heroin fight (Reading Eagle) 2/17/2015

Around Topton, attempting to rescue someone from the throes of a life-threatening heroin or opiate overdose has become as quick as the countdown “five, four, three, two, one.”… Read more >

Smoking alcohol: The next Jersey Shore killer? ( 2/18/2015

The YouTube video has been viewed 4.7 million times. Using a bicycle pump and an empty soda bottle, a 20-something dude vaporizes some scotch and inhales the fumes… Read more >

When Pot Goes From Illegal To Recreational, Schools Face A Dilemma (NPR) 2/22/2015

Like many schools across Colorado, Arapahoe Ridge High School in Boulder has seen an increase in overall drug incidents since recreational marijuana became legal… Read more >

Molly: Why the Club Drug Is So Dangerous (ABC News) 2/23/2015

The club drug “Molly” may have an innocent name, but it’s anything but, experts say… Read more >

4 Wesleyan Students Charged in MDMA Overdoses Due in Court (NBC Connecticut) 2/25/2015

Four Wesleyan University students are due in court on Wednesday after being arrested in connection with MDMA, or “Molly, overdoses that sent 11 off their peers to the hospital over the weekend, according to the Middletown Police Department… Read more >

Molly—New Cases of Toxic Batch Raise Awareness (NIDA for Teens) 2/26/2015

Twelve students were hospitalized on February 22, 2015, after taking “Molly” (MDMA, also called “Ecstasy”) and drinking alcohol at Wesleyan University in Connecticut… Read more >

March 2015

The Heroin Epidemic: Teens & Young Adults (Caron Foundation)

View the Infographic HERE.

Recovering Heroin Addict Explains Why You Should Care That Overdose Deaths Have Tripled (ABC News) 3/5/2015

A high school soccer and softball player with passing grades, 17-year-old Kiyla would be the last person you’d expect to become addicted to heroin… Read more >

Teenagers, Dealing With Addiction, on What Might Have Helped (The New York Times) 3/5/2015

At a recent school event, a mother asked me how she could help her son who had begun drinking and taking drugs… Read more >

Just add water: Here comes powdered alcohol (The Washington Post) 3/12/2015

Freeze-dried, powdered alcohol has been approved by federal regulators, meaning the controversial novelty — once called “the Kool-Aid of teen binge drinking” — could hit liquor-store shelves across the country by the summer… Read more >

More Older Adults Abusing Drugs and Dying From Overdoses (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids) 3/17/2015

A growing number of older adults are abusing drugs and dying from overdoses, The Wall Street Journal reports. Baby Boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, are turning to drugs as they face the challenges of aging, health officials say… Read more >

Putting Alcohol Ignition Interlocks in New Cars Could Prevent Many Deaths: Study (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids) 3/24/15

If all new cars had devices that prevent drunk drivers from starting the engine, an estimated 85 percent of alcohol-related deaths could be prevented in the United States, a new study concludes… Read more >

E-Cigs Tied to Drinking, Other Risky Teen Behaviors (HealthDay) 3/31/2015

Electronic cigarettes are used by both smoking and nonsmoking teens, and are associated with drinking and other risky behaviors, a new study finds… Read more >

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