Policy changes in Florida have led to a drop in opioid prescriptions, according to a new government report. Prescription rates for opioids remain high in some states, including Alabama, West Virginia and Tennessee.
School districts around the country are implementing e-cigarette bans as part of their tobacco policies, according to USA Today.
CVS Caremark will no longer sell single-ingredient pseudoephedrine products in West Virginia, The Wall Street Journal reports. Pseudoephedrine is a popular source of chemicals used in methamphetamine labs.
Marijuana use is increasing in the United States as Americans change their attitude about the drug’s risks, according to a new report by the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime. Globally, marijuana use seems to be decreasing.
The consumer advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest is urging the Food and Drug Administration to put safety warnings on energy drinks, according to Reuters. The drinks have been linked to 17 deaths in the past two years.
Southern Methodist University in Dallas is among the schools that will start to sell beer and wine at football games this fall, in an effort to increase revenue, according to USA Today.
At least 22 teenagers attending an electronic dance music show in Boston were sent to the hospital on Wednesday. Many of them were suffering from a combination of alcohol and heat, ABC News reports.
Top headlines of the week from Friday, June 20- Thursday, June 26, 2014.
After a four year battle with salivary gland cancer, San Diego Padres player Tony Gwynn passed on Monday, June 16th. Gwynn’s unfortunate tale involved smokeless tobacco, the chewing of which is still associated with baseball. Despite recent efforts from Major League Baseball to discourage the use of this product, coaches and players have battled with addiction to smokeless tobacco for many years.
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