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Weekly ATOD Recap & Advocacy for week-ending June 27, 2014



New US Medical Marijuana News Website USMedicalMarijuana.net Launches

A new era known as "The Green Rush" has arrived in the United States as prohibition has ended for marijuana (also know as weed, cannabis or pot). With the booming multi-million dollar marijuana industry in the United States, countless information sources are releasing marijuana-related news stories, opinions and features on a daily basis. The newest source is USMedicalMarijuana.net which aims to be a reliable source of medical marijuana news and information for people all over the US and around the world. To continue reading please click here.



Heroin use rising sharply since 2007, U.S. mayors told

Heroin use increased more than 80 percent nationwide from 2007 to 2012, driven by ample supply and a crackdown on prescription narcotics, mayors and policy leaders from across the country were told Sunday. The leaders attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Dallas were also told that physicians in the U.S. prescribe enough painkillers to medicate everyone in the country 24 hours a day for a month. To continue reading please click here.



Chris Christie has very complicated views on drugs

Gov. Chris Christie made his name as the tough-on-crime top federal prosecutor in New Jersey, a place where peculiar illegal shenanigans are practically a way of life. Case in point: Christie's biggest case as U.S. attorney resulted in the arrest of 44 people for corruption -- including mayors, state representatives, a group of rabbis and a guy who prosecutors said sold human kidneys on the black market. To continue reading please click here.



GUEST COMMENTARY: Filling mental health services gap is necessary

It appears that on a regular basis we now hear news accounts of individuals, in the midst of a psychiatric crisis, who severely wound or kill others, often before taking their own lives. These types of incidents have served to put a spotlight on the nation’s mental health system. Yes, people who commit these atrocities are most likely mentally ill. How else could they do what they do? But let’s face it. Mental illness gets a bad rap! To continue reading please click here.



Americans Weigh Addiction Risk When Taking Painkillers

Prescriptions for narcotic painkillers have surged in recent years. Fatal overdoses and abuse of the drugs have risen, too. Doctors and patients are grappling with how to balance the need for pain relief with the potential for trouble. To continue reading please click here.



Study: Prescription Drugs Clouding Drivers

Drivers who test positive for drugs are more likely to use prescription drugs and to take multiple drugs at once.

Drivers who test positive for drugs are more likely than in the past to use prescription drugs and multiple drugs at once, according to a study released by the Public Health Reports on Monday. To continue reading please click here.



Gambling Addiction Runs In the Family; Coincides With PTSD and Social Anxiety Disorder

Hit me, it turns out, is contagious. A new study conducted by University of Iowa researchers has found that pathological gambling and the gambling addiction that often follows tends to run in people’s families. To continue reading please click here.



'Technology addiction' - how should it be treated?

To what extent technology addiction or Internet addiction can be considered a genuine medical disorder is contentious. The term has been in popular use since the mid-1990s but is still not fully recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Now, as technology addiction clinics open across many countries in an attempt to wean citizens off their smartphones and computers, we look at some of the arguments surrounding this most modern of addictions. To continue reading please click here.



The myths of smoking pot

From her perch as head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse in Bethesda, Nora Volkow watches anxiously as the country embarks on what she sees as a risky social experiment in legalizing marijuana. For those who argue that marijuana is no more dangerous than tobacco and alcohol, Volkow has two main answers: We don’t entirely know, and, simultaneously, that is precisely the point. To continue reading please click here.



The 'accidental' addict: soccer moms, painkillers and addiction

Meet Peggy (not her real name). She is a 45-year-old mother of three kids ages 14 to 19. She is married to her college sweetheart who now runs an investment firm. Peggy has a master’s degree in education, has been active in the PTA, has traveled around the world with her family, goes to the gym three times a week and volunteers at her local church. She is also a drug addict. To continue reading please click here.



Prior Drug Use is the Greatest Predictor of Ecstasy Use Among U.S. High School Seniors

 Ecstasy, also known by its chemical abbreviation MDMA, is an illicit drug that is commonly taken at nightclubs and dance parties. Ecstasy’s street names include: “Molly” (U.S.), “Mandy” (U.K.), “E,” and “X.” Although not limited to nightlife scenes, ecstasy is popular at dance parties, as it tends to enhance the party experience (e.g., perceptions of lights and music, nightlife socialization). To continue reading please click here.



Alcohol Abuse Across Generations: Moms Can't Hold A Candle — Or Tequila Sunrise — To Daughters' Drinking Habits

Today’s youth is smothered by marketing messages every day, whether it’s through Facebook, on the subway, or on TV. Music is rife with lyrics glorifying alcohol and parties — drinking Patron and Cristal, for example. Meanwhile, new alcoholic drinks are being branded and covered in labels that appeal to the college and pre-college crowd. These are just some of the reasons why alcohol consumption is on the rise among our youth, particularly young women, a new Australian study finds. To continue reading please click here.



Dangerous Drugs in Need of a Smart Fix

Paramedics wheel a listless teen on a stretcher through the doors of a busy emergency room where doctors and nurses are already assembled, gloved hands outstretched in an all-too common ritual to perform another miracle of resuscitation. The tragedy repeats itself on most nights across America as people turn to the dangerous world of synthetic drugs in search of new elixirs. Not long ago, the realm of synthetic "designer drugs" was dominated by well-known staples such as PCP, LSD, and ecstasy (MDMA). Now the market is crowded with candy-sounding labels -- K2, Spice, Bliss, Bombay Blue -- that mimic the effects of illicit narcotics like opium, cannabis and MDMA. Hazardous to your health? You bet. Illegal? Not necessarily. To continue reading please click here.



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