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Dentists Seen as Source for Prescription Pain Pills

Individuals addicted to prescription pain medications often turn to dentists as a source for drugs like codeine, Vicodin and OxyContin, CNN reported July 21. Typically, users will work their way through the phone book, calling dentist after dentist complaining of …

Most Alcohol-Related Deaths Due to Liver Disease

Drunk-driving crashes and alcohol overdoses may get more public attention, but research shows that most alcohol-related deaths are caused by something much more mundane: liver disease. Science Daily reported April 24 that researchers found that alcohol consumption was responsible for …

Mexican Lawmakers Debate Marijuana Legalization

Amid continuing drug-cartel violence, Mexico’s Congress has convened a three-day debate to discuss the merits of legalizing marijuana for personal use in Mexico, the Associated Press reported April 13. Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon has expressed his opposition to legalizing marijuana; …

$1 Spent on Prevention Saves $10, Study Says

Investing in addiction prevention programs yields a 10-1 return for society, according to researchers from Iowa State University (ISU) who studied the Iowa Strengthening Families Program and the Life Skills Training Program. Researchers Richard Spoth, Ph.D., and Max Guyll, Ph.D. …

Plans to Drug-Test Teachers Face Opposition

A number of schools across the U.S. want to administer random drug tests to teachers, but the proposals are hitting strong opposition from educators and teachers’ unions. USA Today reported Jan. 18 that schools in North Carolina, West Virginia and …

New York Gov. Slams Harsh Drug Laws, Calls for Reform

New York Gov. David Paterson harshly criticized his state’s Rockefeller-era drug laws and called for reforming sentences for drug possession, the Albany Times-Union reported Jan. 9. “I cannot think of a criminal-justice strategy that has been more unsuccessful than the …