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Weekly ATOD & Advocacy Recap week ending September 5, 2014

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Drug czar promotes treatment, tells personal story
As the nation's drug czar continues to warn people about the potential death and destruction from substance abuse, he's also encouraging them to tell their stories about treatment and recovery. Usually he starts with himself. Rest of this article is here.

CADCA Statement on Nomination of Michael Botticelli as U.S. Drug Czar
“CADCA strongly supports President Obama’s decision to nominate Michael Botticelli as our nation’s drug czar. Mr. Botticelli is the ideal person to hold this important position at this time in our nation. Not only does he understand first-hand the challenges associated with substance abuse, treatment and recovery, he has a keen understanding of the science of prevention and values the important role community coalitions play in preventing and reducing teen drug use.  Rest of this article is here.

We Don't Really Know How to Treat Depression and Alcoholism at the Same Time
A person with an alcohol dependence is 3.9 times more likely to have a major depressive disorder than someone without alcohol dependence and there's even some evidence that the genes which make someone susceptible to depression are related to the genes that put people at risk for alcoholism. Rest of this article is here.

Sex, drugs and ... Catholic Colleges
You’ve probably heard the stereotype: Catholic colleges are in denial about their students’ sexual lives and alcohol use. Indeed, it’s true that many Catholic universities traditionally ended the conversations on sex and underage drinking with a simple, “just say no!” And yet, students attending Catholic colleges do not differ from students at other colleges, with sex and drinking nationally starting before college. Rest of this article is here.

Medical marijuana laws may reduce painkiller overdoses
States that have legalized marijuana for managing chronic pain have significantly fewer deaths from prescription painkiller overdoses each year, according to a new study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine. Rest of this article is here.

Bid to Expand Medical Marijuana Business Faces Federal Hurdles
Behind a tall curtain of corn that hides their real cash crop from prying eyes, the Stanley family is undertaking an audacious effort to expand their medical marijuana business to a national market. Rest of this article is here.

Marijuana Taxes Are Upheld, But Paying Them Could Incriminate You
Remember Lois Lerner? She’s the IRS Exempt Organizations Chief whose emails disappeared but whose texts revealed bias against conservative groups. She has refused to testify multiple times claiming protection under the Fifth Amendment. The right not to incriminate yourself runs deep in our Constitution. Rest of this article is here.

Could This Gene Make You More Likely To Be An Alcoholic?
Today scientists at the Scripps Research Institute announced they’ve identified a key gene that appears to strongly influence the development of alcoholism and alcohol dependence. The research could prove key to zeroing in on how increased risk for alcoholism runs in families. Rest of this article is here.

National Fraternity Organization to Study Hazing, Alcohol And Sexual Violence
A national fraternity organization this week finalized three presidential committees to study hazing, alcohol abuse and sexual violence among college students in fraternities. Rest of this article is here.

Battling Big Marijuana
Providers in the two states that have legalized marijuana want to put the genie back in the bottle. Data may help. Rest of this article is here.

Princeton University to employee: Give up medical marijuana or lose job
A former Libertarian candidate for the state Senate says his employer, Princeton University, has told him must choose between keeping his job or participating in New Jersey's medical marijuana program. Rest of this article is here.

Is Any Amount of Alcohol Good For Us?
To drink or not to drink? It's a question not easily answered, at least when it comes to our health. Rest of this article is here.

Research compares consequences of teen alcohol and marijuana use
Growing public support for marijuana legalization in the U.S. has led to public debate about whether marijuana is "safer" than other substances, such as alcohol. In January, President Obama also publicly stated he is not convinced that marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol. Despite the recent shift in views toward marijuana, the harms of use as compared to alcohol use are not well understood. Rest of this article is here.

Harvard Scientists Studied the Brains of Pot Smokers, and the Results Don't Look Good
The news: Every day, the push toward national legalization of marijuana seems more and more inevitable. As more and more politicians and noted individuals come out in favor of legalizing or at least decriminalizing different amounts of pot, the mainstream acceptance of the recreational use of the drug seems like a bygone conclusion. But before we can talk about legalization, have we fully understood the health effects of marijuana? Rest of this article is here.

Finally, Some Hard Science on Medical Marijuana for Epilepsy Patients
A groundbreaking clinical trial may provide some answers to medical marijuana as a seizure treatment. Rest of this article is here.

What getting medical marijuana is like today vs. what getting medical liquor was like during Prohibition?
During Prohibition, people were able to legally consume alcohol if they received a prescription from a doctor, similar to how residents of some states are able to legally consume marijuana. Here’s how that worked. Rest of this article is here.

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