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Attorney General Holder to Testify in Support of Reduced Drug Sentencing

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to testify today in favor of changing federal guidelines to reduce the average sentence for drug dealers, The New York Times reports.

Study: Effectiveness of Prescription Monitoring Databases Varies Greatly by State

The effectiveness of prescription drug monitoring programs, designed to reduce “doctor shopping” for opioids, has varied greatly by state, according to a new study by Columbia University researchers.

Teens Who Use E-Cigarettes More Likely to Smoke Real Cigarettes: Study

Teens who use e-cigarettes are more likely than their peers who do not use the devices to smoke regular cigarettes, a new study finds. They are also less likely to quit smoking, The New York Times reports.

Not Enough Evidence to Give Doctors Advice on Reducing Teens’ Drug Use: Expert Panel

A government panel said this week there is insufficient evidence about the best way for doctors to persuade children and teens not to use drugs.

JT Weekly- Other Headlines of Interest

Top headlines of the week from Friday, March 7- Thursday, March 13, 2014.

Commentary: Eliminating Barriers IS Smart Drug and Crime Policy

Many people in recovery face an overwhelming array of discriminatory barriers as a result of their addiction and/or criminal histories, which make it difficult to obtain employment, housing, education, public benefits and other necessities of life, says the Legal Action Center.

Fight Against Prescription Drug Abuse May Have Fueled Heroin Use: Experts

Some addiction experts say the U.S. government’s fight against prescription drug abuse may have inadvertently contributed to the rise in heroin use, according to The Washington Post.

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.

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