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ATOD & Advocacy Recap - Week ending April 18, 2014



Rutgers responds to NJ heroin problem

“In 2012, there were more than 8,300 admissions to state-licensed or certified substance abuse treatment programs due to prescription drug abuse. Please click here to continue reading.



Senate tackles prescription drug abuse

The US Senate Health Committee is forming a working group to tackle the rising rates of prescription drug abuse, in the face of complaints about a recently approved painkiller that many say is highly addictive and easily abused. Please click here to continue reading.



Medical marijuana laws linked to lower murder, assault rates

The US based study, published in the online journal PloS One, looked at state panel data to analyze the association between state medical marijuana laws and 'type one' offences collected by the FBI. Type one offences are the following: criminal homicide, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft and arson. Please click here to continue reading.



U.S. Drug Courts Favor Treatment Over Jail Time - Video link

Drug courts allow those whose crimes are rooted in addiction to avoid prison and seek treatment. For some heroin addicts, this program was a life-saver.  Please click here to continue.



The Tobacco Ties That Bind

I DON’T smoke, but if during the day I wanted to buy cigarettes, I could walk into the CVS pharmacy across the street from my office, or the Walgreens two blocks away, and get them. They’re kept right behind the cash register. But beginning this fall, that is going to change. CVS pharmacies will stop sales of all tobacco products. Walgreens, well, won’t. So, here’s a quiz. Which chain do you think is more heavily celebrated on the website of the American Cancer Society? Well, it’s not CVS. Instead, testimonials and profiles hailing Walgreens abound. There is a glowing profile of the Walgreens chief executive that focuses on his tireless efforts to promote healthy living in his workplace and stores. There is no mention of the tobacco sales at the front of those stores. Please click here to continue reading.



For Heroin Treatment, Testing a New Drug and ‘Peddling Hope’

About a year ago, Jacob Daus found himself standing before a judge in drug court, again. The 25-year-old had just finished his fourth drug-related sentence in seven years at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility. Was there anything, the judge wanted to know, that might help Daus stay away from heroin and out of jail? Please click here to continue reading.



Google faces new pressure from states to crack down on illegal online drug sales

Several state attorneys general are pressing Google to make it harder for its users to find counter­feit prescription medicine and illegal drugs online, marking the second time in the past three years that the firm has drawn government scrutiny for its policies on rogue Internet pharmacies. Please click here to continue reading.



Study Links Casual Marijuana Use to Changes in Brain

Young people who occasionally smoke marijuana may be rewiring their brains, with their pot use causing structural changes to brain regions related to motivation, emotion and reward, a small study says. Please click here to continue reading.



Risks of Popular Anxiety Drugs Often Overshadowed

When actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an overdose in February, the New York City medical examiner ruled that his death was the result of "acute mixed drug intoxication." Heroin, cocaine and a widely prescribed class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, or benzos, were found in his system. The drugs first burst onto the scene in the 1950s and '60s and quickly became known as "," the mild tranquilizer that could soothe frazzled housewives' nerves. More than four decades later, benzos — including Valium, Xanax, Klonopin and Ativan — are used to treat anxiety, mood disorders and insomnia.Please click here to continue reading.



Medicine OR Menace? What we know about medical marijuana (Minnesota Medicine) – Click here to download this report.





My Mother’s Surgery and One Doctor’s Substance Abuse

USA Today reports more than 100,000 doctors, nurses, technicians and other health professionals struggle with abuse or addiction. This wasn’t news to my family. Some 20 years ago, my mother was mauled by a dog. She was on vacation in Florida and went over to a friend’s house for dinner. To understand what happened next, you need to know a few crucial facts about her: She is afraid of dogs and barely five feet tall. When her friend opened the front door, her daughter’s dog — an Akita- tore out of the house and lunged . My mother turned away quickly. The dog lunged again. Because of her short stature, his teeth sunk into her calf. He all but ripped it off. Click here to download this report.



Reports of e-cigarette injury jump amid rising popularity

Complaints of injury linked to e-cigarettes, from burns and nicotine toxicity to respiratory and cardiovascular problems, have jumped over the past year as the devices become more popular, the most recent U.S. data show. Between March 2013 and March 2014, more than 50 complaints about e-cigarettes were filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to data obtained through a public records request. That is on par with the combined number reported over the previous five years. Click here to download this report.



Alcohol Use Lowers RA Risk in Women

Long-term moderate alcohol drinking was associated with a reduced risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), researchers found. The association appeared to be stronger in seropositive RA cases. Women who consumed alcohol moderately over the long term had a decreased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA), analysis of data from two prospective cohorts found. Click here to download this report.



Medical Professionals Addicted to Prescription Drugs a Growing Problem

A recent USA Today investigation found that more than 100,000 doctors, nurses, medical technicians or aids are dependent on prescription drugs, putting patients at serious risk.  While the problem of prescription drug addiction has received increased attention over the past few years as the problem has grown, less attention has been given to the same problem within the medical community. Click here to download this report.




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