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Teens Who Tan Indoors More Likely to Use Illegal Drugs, Binge Drink: Study

A new study links teen indoor tanning with other risky health behaviors including use of illegal drugs, binge drinking and smoking.

“Study Drugs” Popular Among Florida College Students, Despite School Bans

“Study drugs” such as Vyvanse and Adderall are gaining popularity among Florida college students, even though area colleges have a zero-tolerance policy against students using medicines not prescribed for them.

JT Weekly- Other Headlines of Interest

Top headlines of the week from Friday, February 21- Thursday, February 27, 2014.

Commentary: A Boon but No Silver Bullet: The ACA and Substance Abuse Treatment

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act are tremendous steps toward ensuring that all individuals can access substance abuse treatment. But the laws are not silver bullets that will close the treatment gap or help every individual who needs treatment.

Advocates Urge FDA to Revoke Approval of Painkiller Zohydro

More than 40 addiction treatment, health care and consumer groups are urging the Food and Drug Administration to reverse its decision to approve the prescription painkiller Zohydro ER (extended release), CNN reports.

Marijuana Legalization Expected to Lead to More Teen Use: Survey

A survey of high school seniors suggests marijuana legalization will lead to increased use of the drug among teens. The survey found 10 percent of seniors who said they don’t currently use marijuana said they would try it if the drug were legal.

DEA Tip Line in Atlanta Allows Public to Report Potential Prescription Drug Abuse

The Drug Enforcement Administration in Atlanta is encouraging the public to text or call them to report suspicious activity that may indicate prescription drug abuse, according to CNN.

Arrest of Mexican Drug Kingpin Likely to be Only Minor Setback for Cartel: Experts

The arrest on Saturday of the head of the Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel, Joaquín (El Chapo) Guzmán Loera, will likely be only a minor setback for the operation, experts tell The New York Times.

At Least 6 More States Considering “Good Samaritan” Laws to Prevent Overdose Deaths

At least six states are considering joining the 17 states that have passed “Good Samaritan” laws, designed to prevent drug overdose deaths. The laws grant limited immunity to people who seek help for someone who has overdosed, USA Today reports.

Report: More Must be Done to Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse in Military

The Department of Defense needs to do more to prevent prescription drug abuse among members of the military, according to a new government report. Some branches of the military are doing a better job than others in medication management policies, the report concluded.

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