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D.C. Moves Quickly to Allow Medical Marijuana

The District of Columbia will soon implement the medical-marijuana program approved by voters a decade ago but long blocked by Congress, the Washington Post reported Dec. 15. “We’ve waited 10 years,” said D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray.  “There is no …

Marijuana Chemicals Ease MS Symptoms, Review Confirms

Delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) — two of the key ingredients of marijuana — are effective in reducing spasticity and improving mobility among patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a new research review. eScience News reported Dec. 3 that …

Drinkers Can Track BAC with New iPhone App

A new iPhone application helps users keep track of their blood-alcohol content (BAC) and sends warning messages if data indicates the user is “buzzed” or legally intoxicated. The Denver Post reported Dec. 2 that the free R-U-Buzzed? application developed by …

Progress on Prevention Lags, Report Says

The U.S. healthcare system has some remarkable treatment success stories but efforts to prevent illnesses caused by smoking and other unhealthy behaviors has stalled, according to the annual America’s Health Rankings report. The report said smoking, poor dietary habits and …

FDA Wants Detailed Industry Plans on Preventing Abuse of Opioids

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is holding a series of meetings with pharmaceutical companies as the industry crafts a plan to help prevent misuse of opioid-based medications, Reuters reported Dec. 4. Regulators met with industry representatives last week to …

Research Shows Parenting Can Prevent Drug Use, Aid Brain Development, NIDA Chief Says

From the founding of National Families in Action during the height of the War on Drugs to Joseph A. Califano’s book, How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid, parents and communities have been touted as the keys to preventing alcohol and …

SAMHSA Helps Treatment Programs Address Clients’ Suicidal Thoughts, Behaviors

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a new Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP 50) aimed at helping treatment programs address clients’ suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Suicide is a leading cause of death among people who abuse alcohol …

Alcohol Abuse Costs New Mexico $2.5 Billion Annually, Study Says

The economic costs of alcohol abuse in New Mexico topped $2.5 billion in 2006 — not to mention the nearly 1,000 lives lost to alcohol-related diseases, auto crashes, and other consequences – according to the New Mexico Department of Health. Epidemiologist …

New SAMHSA Website Provides Tools to Address Co-Occurring Disorders and Homelessness

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has announced the availability of a new website to help SAMHSA grantees, health professionals and the public address problems of homelessness and co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders. The website, Co-Occurring …

Fatal Overdoses Often Involve Methadone, Washington Study Finds

Methadone was involved in 64 percent of fatal overdoses on prescription opiate drugs in the state of Washington, more than double the rate of overdoses on oxycodone or hydrocodone, according to a new report from state and federal health officials. …