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Report: Alarming Rise in American Adults Taking Medications for ADHD

The number of young adults in the U.S. taking medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) nearly doubled from 2008 to 2012, according to Express Scripts, the nation’s largest prescription drug manager, The New York Times reports. …

West Virginia Senator Calls on Head of HHS to Overrule Decision on Zohydro

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin this week called on Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to overrule the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to approve the pure hydrocodone drug Zohydro ER (extended release). …

Jails and Prisons Sign Up Inmates for Health Insurance Under Affordable Care Act

Jails and prisons are signing up inmates for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, according to The New York Times. …

Attorney General Calls Attention to Heroin Overdose Crisis

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday called the increase in heroin overdoses “an urgent and growing public health crisis,” The Washington Post reports. …

Substance Abuse Treatment Centers Report Problems With Insurance Coverage

Substance abuse treatment providers say patients are having problems getting their care covered, even though such treatment is now considered an essential health benefit under the Affordable Care Act. …

Americans’ Use of Cocaine Drops, While Marijuana Use Increases: Report

Americans’ cocaine use fell by about half from 2006 to 2010, while their use of marijuana jumped by more than 30 percent, a new report concludes. …

Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients Still Under Consideration in Some States

Legislators in a number of states are continuing to pursue measures that would deny welfare benefits to people who use illegal drugs, according to USA Today. …

First License to Produce, Process Recreational Marijuana Issued in Washington State

Washington state issued its first license to produce and process recreational marijuana this week. The grower who received the license says he expects to have marijuana plants ready to harvest within two months, Reuters reports. …

Former Health Officials Urge Tobacco Companies to Stop Selling Menthol Cigarettes

A group of former top health officials is urging tobacco companies to stop marketing and selling menthol cigarettes. The group includes all of the former U.S. Secretaries of Health, Surgeons General, and Directors of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. …