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Link Between Alcohol Marketing and Youth Drinking Grows Stronger

A new review of studies from around the world finds young people who have greater exposure to alcohol marketing appear to be more likely subsequently to initiate alcohol use and engage in binge and hazardous drinking. The post Link Between Alcohol Marketing and Youth Drinking Grows Stronger appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

Advocates Aim to Protect Insurance Coverage for Addiction Treatment

Addiction treatment advocates are trying to convince Republican legislators in states greatly impacted by the opioid epidemic to protect insurance coverage for substance abuse treatment if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. The post Advocates Aim to Protect Insurance Coverage for Addiction Treatment appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

Police Programs Focusing on Treatment Over Jail May Lose Support Under Trump

Police organizations promoting an approach to opioids that emphasizes treatment over jail are concerned the incoming Trump Administration may focus on prosecution rather than treatment, Scientific American reports. The post Police Programs Focusing on Treatment Over Jail May Lose Support Under Trump appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

Obama Grants Hundreds More Commutations to Nonviolent Drug Offenders

President Obama on Tuesday announced he was reducing or eliminating the sentences for hundreds more nonviolent drug offenders, CNN reports. He has now reduced the sentences for 1,385 people, most of whom are serving time for crimes related...Show More Summary

Some People Taking Pain Medicine Prescribed to Pets

The Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association is warning its members that some people are taking pain medicine prescribed to pets, according to The Boston Globe. The post Some People Taking Pain Medicine Prescribed to Pets appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

Report Finds Dramatic Increase in Proportion of Babies Born Dependent on Opioids

A new government report finds a dramatic increase in the proportion of babies born dependent on opioid drugs, such as heroin or prescription pain relievers. Between 2000 and 2009 the number of infants born to women who had used opioids...Show More Summary

Repeal of Obamacare Could Reduce Coverage for Addiction Treatment

People with addiction and mental health disorders and their treatment providers are worried that repealing the Affordable Care Act could reduce insurance coverage for these disorders, USA Today reports. The post Repeal of Obamacare Could Reduce Coverage for Addiction Treatment appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

Nonmedical Use of Prescription Stimulants Provides No Academic Benefits: Study

A new study adds to the growing body of research indicating that nonmedical use of prescription stimulants for students without attention deficit hyperactivity disorder likely provides no academic benefits. The post Nonmedical Use of Prescription Stimulants Provides No Academic Benefits: Study appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

Ignition Interlocks Prevent Deadly Drunk-Driving Accidents

A new study finds ignition interlocks, devices that prevent a person from starting a car if their blood alcohol level is too high, prevents deadly accidents. The post Ignition Interlocks Prevent Deadly Drunk-Driving Accidents appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

Fewer People See E-Cigarettes as a Safe Alternative to Smoking Tobacco

The percentage of Americans who view e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to smoking tobacco is dropping, a new study suggests. Researchers found 43 percent of those surveyed in 2014 said they thought e-cigarettes were less harmful than...Show More Summary

DEA Administrator Visits China to Discuss Combating Synthetic Drugs Sales

The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration is visiting China this week to discuss combating sales of synthetic drugs, including fentanyl, CNN reports. Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg will also discuss new psychoactive substances...Show More Summary

This is Your Life. A Poem About the Inevitable Cycle of a Meth User & Maker

This is your life it’s so fucking intense; it doesn’t really matter, it doesn’t make sense. Your mom and dad told you about the birds and the bees. Do a fat blast and I’ll show you the feds in the trees. Whether you snort it,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my blog for the full story, more meth resources and more! ]]

Resetting Household Rules Important for Teens With Substance Use Disorders

Setting new household rules for teens in treatment for a substance use disorder can be challenging for parents. But it is important because research shows that teens do take their parents’ attitudes, opinions and beliefs into account...Show More Summary

More Than Half of U.S. Doctors Reducing Opioid Prescriptions: Survey

A new survey finds more than half of U.S. doctors are reducing the number of opioid prescriptions they write. Almost 10 percent have stopped prescribing opioids altogether, The Boston Globe reports. The post More Than Half of U.S. Doctors Reducing Opioid Prescriptions: Survey appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

Opioid Epidemic Fuels Increase in Cocaine-Related Overdose Deaths

A growing number of people are dying from cocaine-related overdoses because they are mixing the drug with opioids such as heroin and fentanyl, according to U.S. News & World Report. The post Opioid Epidemic Fuels Increase in Cocaine-Related Overdose Deaths appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

FDA Workshop Will Consider Hazards of Exploding E-Cigarette Batteries

The Food and Drug Administration will hold a workshop in April to consider the hazards of exploding batteries in e-cigarettes, HealthDay reports. The post FDA Workshop Will Consider Hazards of Exploding E-Cigarette Batteries appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

Fewer Americans Say They Drive Under the Influence of Alcohol

Fewer Americans said they drove under the influence of alcohol in 2014 compared with 2002, according to a new government report. The post Fewer Americans Say They Drive Under the Influence of Alcohol appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

Teen Use of Marijuana Increased in Washington – But Not Colorado – After Legalization

Teen use of marijuana rose in Washington state after the drug was legalized for adults 21 and older, a new study finds. In Colorado, legalization had no impact on marijuana use by teens, CBS News reports. The post Teen Use of Marijuana Increased in Washington – But Not Colorado – After Legalization appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

Heroin Tops the List of Drugs Most Frequently Involved in Overdose Deaths

Heroin was the drug most often involved in overdose deaths between 2010 and 2014, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Other drugs commonly involved in overdoses included oxycodone, methadone,...Show More Summary

Deaths From Fentanyl and Other Synthetic Opioids Rose 72% in One Year

Drug deaths from fentanyl and other synthetic opioids rose 72 percent from 2014 to 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. The post Deaths From Fentanyl and Other Synthetic Opioids Rose 72% in One Year appeared first on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

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