Tag Archives: Overdose

Heroin Addicts in Africa Engage in Dangerous Blood-Sharing

“Flashblooding,” the act of injecting one heroin addict’s blood into another to share a high or ward off withdrawal, is becoming increasingly common in some African cities, the New York Times reported July 12. The practice puts users at the …

Treatment Programs Report Surge in Prescription Drug Admissions

About one in 10 people admitted to addiction treatment programs in 2008 misused prescription drugs, quadruple the rate reported in 1998, ABC News reported July 16. “People are getting treatment, which is good news. But the bad news is the …

Legalization Could Cut Marijuana Prices 80 Percent, RAND Estimates

A study on the expected impact of marijuana legalization in California predicts that the price of the drug would drop steeply, the Sacramento Bee reported July 8. The RAND Corp. study estimated that marijuana prices could fall as much as …

Join Together News Roundup for July 8, 2010

Treatment programs need to meet the unique needs of methamphetamine users, researchers say ... Pennsylvania is experimenting with high-tech alcohol vending machines ... California’s NAACP chapter has endorsed a marijuana-legalization ballot initiative ... Youthful marijuana use may or may not cause depression, but there seems to be an association between the two, a new study finds ... …

Britain Grapples with Drinking-Related Hypertension

Treatment for high blood pressure as a result of binge drinking has increased 74 percent in five years in the U.K., the Daily Mail reported June 28.  Hospitals treated approximately 330,000 patients for drinking-related hypertension in 2008-2009, up from 191,000 …

Colorado Springs Rakes in Medical Marijuana Tax Revenues

Tax revenue from medical marijuana sales is increasing exponentially in Colorado Springs, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported June 21.  Average monthly tax revenue from medical marijuana has gone from $4,000 to $40,000 during the last year, although total revenue is …

Mineta Confirmed as ONDCP Demand Reduction Chief

The U.S. Senate has confirmed David K. Mineta as the Deputy Director of Demand Reduction atthe Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and Benjamin Tucker as the ONDCP?s Deputy Director of State, Local and Tribal Affairs. With the imminent departure of ONDCP deputy director Tom McLellan, Mineta will become the point person for addiction treatment and prevention within the White House agency. …

Major New Tobacco Rules Take Effect This Week

Restrictions on cigarette branding and new labeling requirements go into effect June 22 — part of the new federal Tobacco Control Act — HealthDay News reported June 17. As of Tuesday, cigarettes may no longer be branded as “light,” “mild,” or …

Register for CADCA’s 2010 Mid-Year Training Institute

More than 1,000 drug abuse prevention leaders from across the country will convene in Phoenix, Ariz. on July 26-29, 2010 for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)’s 2010 Mid-Year Training Institute. CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute is the only intensive, coalition-specific …

Montana Tax for Treatment Plan Dropped

The Montana Coalition for Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention has decided not to ask voters to approve a ballot item that would have used alcohol taxes to pay for addiction treatment and prevention, the Associated Press reported June 7. Supporters …