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News & Announcements
Findings from the National Surveys on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) show a decline in the level of past-month underage alcohol consumption, as well as a drop in underage binge drinking, but alcohol still remains the drug of choice for youth.
The Iowa ACEs 360 website has formally launched the new resource “Raising Resiliency: ACEs Response Toolkit.” The purpose of this project is to answer one of the most common questions asked when discussing adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) or traumatic stress: “So, what do I do about it?"
The new strategy emphasizes the public-health aspects of the epidemic and pairs medical experts with law enforcement officials.
Prevention in the News
A growing number of teens are smoking marijuana, a new study shows. The increase is greatest among black teens. Use of alcohol and cigarettes among this age group is declining, HealthDay reports.
The Obama Administration will spend an additional $100 million to fight drug abuse, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced. A major focus of the funding will be medication-assisted treatment, The Hill reports.
The next National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will be held on September 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced.
E-cigarettes may be as addictive as regular cigarettes, a new study suggests. Researchers tested samples of e-liquids and found that much of the nicotine in e-cigarettes is the addictive form of the compound.
Some strategies college students use to help protect them against drinking too much may backfire, a new study suggests. Some of these strategies are associated with greater alcohol use and an increased number of consequences, the researchers tell Reuters.
Federal legislators and officials say there is an alarming increase in the amount of heroin being brought into the United States, The Washington Times reports. At a hearing of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations, legislators called for solutions to this public health crisis.
Long-term abuse of stimulant drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamine may have a greater effect on the brains of women compared with men who were dependent on the same drugs, a new study suggests.
Eight U.S. senators are calling on the federal government to facilitate research on the potential benefits of medical marijuana. The senators say the research is needed because millions of Americans are now eligible by state law to use the drug for medical purposes.
A state-by-state analysis of 2011 state funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows there remains a yawning gap between state investments in tobacco prevention and control and CDC’s best practices recommendations.
The federal government’s effort to reduce opioid painkiller prescriptions among U.S. veterans has left many of them struggling with chronic pain, the Star Tribune reports.
A growing number of medical marijuana users are choosing to use vaping devices rather than smoking the drug, Reuters reports. Some people believe vaporized marijuana is safer. Several states, including New York and Minnesota, do not allow people to smoke medical marijuana.
A group of 27 major medication organizations has formed a task force to reduce opioid abuse. The groups are urging physicians to register for and use state-based prescription drug monitoring programs when considering whether to prescribe opioids to patients.
A new study links “pharmacy shopping” with many painkiller overdose deaths among patients on Medicaid. The study found patients who used four pharmacies within 90 days had the highest odds of overdosing, HealthDay reports.
At least 22 states considered bills this year that would allow alcohol makers to circumvent alcohol distributors and allow them to sell their products directly to consumers, Time reports.
Giving college students personalized feedback on their drinking habits through text messages and websites can help them cut back, a growing body of research suggests.
Needle exchanges are gaining wider acceptance in areas of the country where HIV and hepatitis C are spreading through injection drug use, Reuters reports.
Three-quarters of U.S. adults favor raising the minimum tobacco age of sale to 21 years, including seven in 10 smokers, according to a new government study.
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