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Declaring the Opioid Crisis a Public Health Emergency Falls Short of What’s Needed

In late October, President Trump spoke about how his brother, Fred Trump Jr., battled alcoholism and died an early death, at 43 years old. In the same speech, the president declared the crisis of opioid overdose deaths and addiction a federal public-health emergency. What Happens by Declaring a Public Health Emergency? The Public Health Emergency […]




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FDA Warning – Dangerous Opioid Treatment Medication Interactions

Late last month the Food and Drug Administration, the government agency that oversees the efficacy and safety of medications prescribed to Americans, issued a new warning, which might complicate treatment for people addicted to opioids. Medications used in the treatment of opioid addiction, such as methadone or buprenorphine, also known as Suboxone, can pose a […]




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Smoke Less: Teenage Tobacco and E-Cigarette Use Drops

It’s more been more than a half-century since nonprofit organizations, such as the American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association launched their first anti-smoking campaigns. While it’s difficult to comprehend now, cigarette commercials, like the one below for Belair Cigarettes, were commonplace until the Public Health Cigarette Smoke Act of 1970 banned radio and […]




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Legalized Marijuana Might Go Up in Smoke From Pesticides and Politics

Before the ink on new marijuana laws has even dried, there are looming signs of trouble. To coin a phrase, where there’s smoke, there might be a federal raid underway. In 2016, California, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts joined a handful of other states by legalizing the use, cultivation and sale of not just medicinal marijuana, […]




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Department of Transportation to Update Drug Testing Requirements

The crisis of prescription painkiller and heroin addiction has not let up. While other news dominates the headlines, whole communities continue to suffer devastating losses due to fatal opioid overdoses. Opioid dependency is so pervasive, the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) proposes four common prescription painkillers be added to the drug testing panel. This is […]




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Legalized Marijuana Passed in More States

Along with a new president, Americans in eight states voted for the passage of recreational or medicinal marijuana. Before the election, recreational pot was legal for 5 percent of the population, but that number jumped to 20 percent post-election. Among the states with marijuana reform laws on the ballot, only Arizona voters rejected legalization. What […]




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Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study is Breaking New Ground

A landmark study began recruitment in September 2016 of 10,000 healthy children between the ages of nine and 10-years-old. The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study, aptly abbreviated the ABCD Study, will follow participants into young adulthood, making it the longest and most thorough data available on the developing brain. The initial focus of the research […]




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National Teen Driver Safety Week – October 15 to 21, 2017

Nearly 10 years ago, Congress established the third week in October as National Teen Driver Safety Week. The initiative began after a series of tragic car accidents that claimed the lives of several Pennsylvania high school students. The goal is to spark a discussion and raise awareness around issues of teenage driver and passenger safety […]




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Marijuana Remains Schedule I, For Now Anyway

In a move that mystified many researchers, the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) refused yet again, to loosen marijuana restrictions by reclassifying the plant as Schedule II or lower. Designated a Schedule I Drug since passage of the Controlled Substances Act in 1970, the agency considers pot on par with drugs like heroin, cocaine or […]




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Historic Commutations For Nonviolent Drug Offenders

Amid the chaos of ongoing presidential campaigns and their nonstop contribution to the 24-hour news cycle, President Obama quietly made history. With nearly eight years in office, Obama has done more than any other president to call attention to the fact that addiction is a chronic disease and not a moral failure. And he has […]




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