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Teen Inhalant Use Decreasing: Government Report

Fewer American teens are abusing inhalants, such as spray paint, glue and gasoline, according to a new government report.

Starbucks Will Add Alcohol to Evening Menu in Many Urban Locations

Starbucks announced this week it will add alcohol to its evening menu in thousands of stores around the country. The coffee chain has been testing alcohol sales in Chicago, Atlanta and Southern California.

Republicans Who Oppose Mandatory Minimum Sentences Say They’re Costly, Ineffective

Republicans, who have traditionally taken a tough approach on crime, are increasingly opposing mandatory minimum sentences, The New York Times reports. They see the sentences as ineffective, as well as too costly and punitive.

Medical Marijuana Researchers One Step Closer to Starting PTSD Study

Medical marijuana researchers are a step closer to being able to start a study on whether the drug helps treat post-traumatic stress disorder, after the Public Health Service gave its approval to the study. The Drug Enforcement Administration must still approve the research.

JT Weekly- Other Headlines of Interest

Top headlines of the week from Friday, March 14- Thursday, March 20, 2014.

States Consider Synthetic Drug Bans, Opioid Education for Doctors and Marijuana Laws

A number of state legislatures are considering bills banning synthetic drugs, requiring education for doctors who prescribe opioids, and expanding the use of the drug overdose antidote naloxone this session, explains Sherry Green, CEO of the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws.

Teens’ Definition of “Designated Driver” Can Be Loose, Survey Finds

Teens’ definition of a “designated driver” can be loose, according to a new survey. About one in five teens say their designated person is allowed to have “a little” alcohol or other drugs, as long as they aren’t too impaired to drive.

FDA Commissioner: Zohydro Offers Unique Option to Treat Pain

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg defended the agency’s decision to approve the pure hydrocodone drug Zohydro ER (extended release). At a Senate hearing, Hamburg said, “If appropriately used, it serves an important and unique niche with respect to pain medication and it meets the standards for safety and efficacy.”

Monthly Number of Federal Drug Defendants Drops to Lowest Level in 14 Years

Soon after Attorney General Eric Holder began making changes to drug laws, the number of drug defendants charged by the federal government dropped in January to its lowest monthly level in almost 14 years, according to a new report.

Convenience Store Group Encourages Members Not to Sell E-Cigarettes to Minors

The National Association of Convenience Stores is urging its members not to sell e-cigarettes to minors, the Associated Press reports. The group represents more than 151,280 convenience stores.

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