The percentage of drivers testing positive for marijuana or other illegal drugs is increasing, according to a new report. In 2013 and 2014, 15.1 percent of drivers tested positive for drugs, up from 12.4 percent in 2007.
Young adults who occasionally use stimulants including cocaine, amphetamines or prescription drugs such as Adderall show brain changes on scans, according to researchers at the University of California, San Diego.
Scientists at the Food and Drug Administration have found an amphetamine-like compound in nine dietary supplements, USA Today reports. The compound, beta-methylphenethylamine, appears to have never been tested for safety on humans.
New research indicates almost two-thirds of Americans do not follow their physician’s orders correctly when they take prescription drugs. They don’t take their medication, or use pills that were not intended for them, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Two men who purchased what they thought was a recreational drug were poisoned by the product, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports. It is not known whether the company selling the product deliberately substituted ingredients or made a packaging error.
Sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) at the National Institutes of Health, the Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS) now includes 34 policy changes across 29 policy areas made in 2009.
Budget deficits bedevil nearly every state, yet six states have not raised their beer taxes in 50 years or more, according to Marin Institute’s Neglected & Outdated Beer Taxes Map. Wyoming, in fact, hasn’t raised its beer tax since 1935, when Franklin D. Roosevelt was serving his first term as president.
Arizona will soon be collecting sales taxes on medical marijuana, the Associated Press reported Jan. 27. The state became the 15th in the nation to approve medical marijuana last November, when a measure was passed by voters. The new sales tax will total 6.6 percent for the state, and two to three percent for cities. Only […]
Misuse of prescription drugs is a growing problem on college campuses, where the drugs are used recreationally as well as to aid in studying, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Feb. 15. College prevention programs used to dealing with alcohol and illicit drugs are devoting more attention to drugs like Ritalin and Adderral, but with limited […]
A Boston jury ruled against a woman who sued her real-estate agent after discovering that a downstairs neighbor was a smoker — a fact she accused the agent of covering up — the Boston Globe reported Feb. 17. In one of the first cases of its kind, Alyssa Burrage claimed that secondhand smoke from her […]
Five-year survival rates roughly doubled among patients diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer who quit smoking, HealthDay News reported Jan. 21. British researchers who examined 10 previously published studies found that survival rates among early-stage lung-cancer patients who stopped smoking ranged from 63 to 70 percent, while only 29 to 33 percent of those who kept […]
A study of about 10,000 pain patients receiving opioid drugs found that 51 seriously overdosed during a 45-month period, and six died, WebMD reported Jan. 19. Most patients who overdosed were receiving less than 100 mg of opioids daily, but the odds of overdosing were greater among those receiving higher daily doses. Researchers noted that nonfatal […]
More than 60 percent of families in the U.S. said they ate family dinners together at least five nights during the past week, according to a new survey conducted by the Associated Press-iVillage Food, the Associated Press reported Nov. 12. The new survey echoes many of the findings in The National Center on Addiction and […]
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded $15.3 million in grants for expanding addiction treatment capacity “in communities that can most benefit from these types of integrated comprehensive services,” the agency announced. Thirteen grantees will receive up to $400,000 this year, as well as possible continuation funding. “These grants will foster […]
The federal government wants to leverage interest and investment in vaccine development to get pharmaceutical companies to develop drugs that could “inoculate” people against addiction to cocaine, nicotine, and other substances, Reuters reported Oct. 20. “There is an enormous amount of research and development in vaccines for cancers and a wide variety of disorders,” said […]
Medical marijuana and healthcare reform are both hot topics, but the odds are against medical-marijuana users getting reimbursed by their health plans for purchases of the drug. The Associated Press reported Oct. 20 that while the federal government has eased off enforcement of drug laws against medical-marijuana users, the group America’s Health Insurance Plans is […]