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Frances Oldham Kelsey, FDA Scientist Who Kept Thalidomide Off U.S. Market, Dies At 101

There is current research into the probable genotoxicity of marijuana and this has been likened to the harm to the foetus in the womb from the drug Thalidomide in the 1960’s. In the annals of modern medicine, it was a horror story of international scope: thousands of babies dead in the womb and at least […]

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Reversing The Negative Effects Of Adolescent Marijuana Use

Researchers at Western University have found a way to use pharmaceuticals to reverse the negative psychiatric effects of THC, the psychoactive chemical found in marijuana. Chronic adolescent marijuana use has previously been linked to the development of psychiatric diseases, such as schizophrenia, in adulthood. But until now, researchers were unsure of what exactly was happening […]

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Red Bull – Monster – Four Loko – Rockstar: The Downside to So-Called Energy Drinks

Louise Stanger is a speaker, educator, licensed clinician, social worker, certified daring way facilitator and interventionist who uses an invitational intervention approach to work with complicated mental health, substance abuse, chronic pain and process addiction clients. In the mid-to-late 2000s, Red Bull, an energy drink high on energy and low on nutritional value, made its […]

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The Unintended Consequences of Colorado’s “Social Experiment”

by  Elizabeth Stuyt, MD For the past 27 years, working as an addiction psychiatrist, I have struggled with big industries that push their products more for their financial gain rather than the best interests of the clients they serve. The most disconcerting piece occurs when physicians or other treatment providers or governmental entities appear to […]

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Staffordshire bull terrier had eaten crack cocaine before fatal attack on owner

A Staffordshire bull terrier that mauled its owner to death while taking part in a BBC documentary had eaten a stash of crack cocaine, an inquest was told. The dog, named Major, repeatedly bit the throat and face of its owner Mario Perivoitos, an IT expert, in front of a two-man crew from the BBC […]

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Chromothripsis And Epigenomics Complete Causality For Cannabis

And Addiction-Connected Carcinogenicity, Congenital Toxicity And Heritable Genotoxicity Albert Stuart Reece, Gary Kenneth Hulse Extracts from the above research.  Recommend readers go to source for complete study. A B S T R A C T The recent demonstration that massive scale chromosomal shattering or pulverization can occur abruptly due to errors induced by interference with […]

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Risk of Selected Birth Defects with Prenatal Illicit Drug Use, Hawaii, 1986–2002

Mathias B. Forrester and Ruth D. Merz Hawaii Birth Defects Program, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA Extracts from Study  The literature on the association between prenatal illicit drug use and birth defects is inconsistent. The objective of this study was to determine the risk of a variety of birth defects with prenatal illicit drug use. Data were […]

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Women injecting drugs at higher risk for HCV than men

Women who inject drugs are about 39% more likely to become infected with hepatitis C virus than men who inject drugs, research suggests. A range of factors could account for the disparity, the researchers wrote in Clinical Infectious Diseases. “Our findings provide important evidence that sex disparities in  exist independent of selected behavioral risk and […]

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BBC: No Trace of Objectivity

The BBC Today programme has long been a shill for liberalising the drug laws. This morning’s edition, however, ran an item at 0810 which almost caused me to fall off my chair. The item was pegged to the collapse of the prosecution case against people accused of supplying nitrous oxide (the “laughing gas” used by […]

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New Opioid Tool Kit introduced to address U.S. Drug Epidemic

St. Petersburg, FL – Thursday, August 31, 2017 – Drug Free America Foundation today introduced a first-of-its-kind Opioid Tool Kit in an effort to help address the opioid epidemic gripping the United States. The Opioid Tool Kit was unveiled in conjunction with International Overdose Awareness Day, a global event held on August 31st each year […]

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The Cole Memo: 4 Years Later Status Report on State Compliance of Federal Marijuana Enforcement Policy

Background On August 29, 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued guidelines to Federal prosecutors and law enforcement officials regarding where to focus their drug enforcement efforts in states that have passed laws legalizing the retail sales of marijuana. The so-called “Cole Memo” directs enforcement officials to focus resources, including prosecutions, “on persons and […]

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The Effects of Cannabis Among Adults With Chronic Pain and an Overview of General Harms: A Systematic Review

Background: Cannabis is increasingly available for the treatment of chronic pain, yet its efficacy remains uncertain. Purpose:  To review the benefits of plant-based cannabis preparations for treating chronic pain in adults and the harms of cannabis use in chronic pain and general adult populations. Data Sources: MEDLINE, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, and several other […]

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Marijuana devastated Colorado, don’t legalize it nationally

Arrests are up. We still have a black market. And people are in danger. Last week, Senator Cory Booker introduced the Marijuana Justice Act in an effort to legalize marijuana across the nation and penalize local communities that want nothing to do with this dangerous drug. This is the furthest reaching marijuana legalization effort to […]

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Coalitions in Action: ASAP Coalition Uses “Smash” Creativity to Engage with Youth

The Advocates for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) coalition serves the top two counties of the northern panhandle of West Virginia. The coalition got creative and utilized trending youth activities to draw youth to prevention work. The coalition is located only a half hour from Pittsburgh, PA, and roughly three hours from Columbus, Ohio.  Based on […]

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An Interview with Kevin Sabet, USA’s Most Influential Critic of Marijuana Legalization

Kevin Sabet, the president and CEO of Virginia-based Smart Approaches to Marijuana, has become arguably the most influential critic of marijuana legalization in the United States. But in an extended interview on view below, he fights against the perception that he’s a one-dimensional prohibitionist along the lines of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Sabet stresses […]

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US Adult Illicit Cannabis Use, Cannabis Use Disorder, and Medical Marijuana Laws1991-1992 to 2012-2013

Key Points Question  Are US state medical marijuana laws one of the underlying factors for increases in risk for adult cannabis use and cannabis use disorders seen since the early 1990s? Findings  In this analysis using US national survey data collected in 1991-1992, 2001-2002, and 2012-2013 from 118 497 participants, the risk for cannabis use and […]

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Marijuana use holds three-fold blood pressure death risk: study

LONDON (Reuters) – People who smoke marijuana have a three times greater risk of dying from hypertension, or high blood pressure, than those who have never used the drug, scientists said on Wednesday. The risk grows with every year of use, they said. The findings, from a study of some 1,200 people, could have implications […]

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Economy Needs Workers, but Drug Tests Take a Toll

Just a few miles from where President Trump will address his blue-collar base here Tuesday night, exactly the kind of middle-class factory jobs he has vowed to bring back from overseas are going begging. It’s not that local workers lack the skills for these positions, many of which do not even require a high school […]

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Synthetic cannabis linked to eighth New Zealand death

A string of recent deaths in New Zealand is being attributed to the rise of so-called synthetic cannabis is made to look like normal cannabis A man in his 20s died on Tuesday night, bringing the number of fatalities this month linked to the illegal substance to eight.  The drug consists of dried plants sprayed […]

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Legalise Cannabis As Treatment Of Last Resort For MS, Says Charity

MS Society says there is sufficient evidence of drug’s effectiveness to relax ban for patients with no other options Ten thousand people with multiple sclerosis in the UK should be allowed to use cannabis legally in order to relieve their “relentless and exhausting” symptoms, experts in the disease have told ministers. The MS Society claims […]

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Legal Weed Isn’t Living Up To All Of Its Promises. We Need To Shut It Down

Legalizing marijuana not only harms public health and safety, it places a significant strain on local economies and weakens the ability of the American workforce to compete in an increasingly global marketplace. Today, a growing class of well-heeled lobbyists intent on commercializing marijuana are doing everything they can to sell legal weed as a panacea […]

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“Trial of the Plant”

Introduction   On 31 July 2017 a court case commences in the Pretoria High Court about the constitutional legality of South Africa’s dagga legislation. The media is calling it the “Trial of the Plant”. What is the “Trial of the Plant” about? It is about the dagga plant and its prohibition in our society. Scientists have long […]

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These college students lost access to legal pot — and started getting better grades

A new study provides credible evidence that marijuana legalization will lead to decreased academic success. (Elaine Thompson/AP) The most rigorous study yet of the effects of marijuana legalization has identified a disturbing result: College students with access to recreational cannabis on average earn worse grades and fail classes at a higher rate. Economists Olivier Marie […]

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What Drug and Alcohol Treatment Should Look Like: An Interview With Dr. Robert Schwebel

In his last article for Pro Talk, Renaming and Rethinking Drug Treatment, psychologist Robert Schwebel, Ph.D., author and developer of The Seven Challenges program, expressed his views about problems in typical drug and alcohol treatment. In this interview, he focuses on changes that he thinks would better meet the needs of individuals with substance problems. […]

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There’s a highly successful treatment for opioid addiction. But stigma is holding it back.

Medication-assisted treatment is often called the gold standard of addiction care. But much of the country has resisted it. If you ask Jordan Hansen why he changed his mind on medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction, this is the bottom line. Several years ago, Hansen was against the form of treatment. If you asked him back then […]

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Cannabis-Induced Psychosis Now Spreading through UK Author: Mark Gold, MD

Werewolf in London? Or maybe it’s a Skunk. Cannabis is now the most popular illicit drug in the world. Several US states have legalized cannabis for medical or recreational use and more are in the process of doing the same. Numerous prospective epidemiological studies have reported that use of cannabis is a modifiable risk factor […]

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A Small-Town Police Officer’s War on Drugs

New Hampshire has the second-highest rate of drug overdoses in the country. Eric Adams in Laconia (population 16,000) has been assigned one task to stop them. Eric Adams is a handsome, clean-shaven man, almost 41, with a booming voice and hair clipped short enough for the military, which once was an ambition of his. After […]

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Discarded Syringes from Heroin Crisis Create Health, Environmental Problems

LOWELL, Mass. — They hide in weeds along hiking trails and in playground grass. They wash into rivers and float downstream to land on beaches. They pepper baseball dugouts, sidewalks and streets. Syringes left by drug users amid the heroin crisis are turning up everywhere. In Portland, Maine, officials have collected more than 700 needles […]

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Innovative Peer-to-Peer Drug Prevention Initiative Shows Promising Results with High School Students

As the U.S. is facing its most challenging drug epidemic in history, the need to prevent adolescence drug misuse is imperative. For the past two years, Mentor Foundation USA and George Washington University have piloted an innovative drug prevention peer-to-peer initiative at three high schools in Columbia County, NY. The program, which engages youth through […]

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Blue Cross Blue Shield Publishes Major Opioid Report

Blue Cross Blue Shield issued a report on the opioid crisis with their data from all members in their commercial plans.  Early in the document, they report a pair of striking numbers. First, that 21% of members filled a prescription for an opioid in 2015. I’ve heard these kinds of numbers before, but I never […]

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Marijuana and vulnerability to psychosis

Going from an occasional user of marijuana to a weekly or daily user increases an adolescent’s risk of having recurrent psychotic-like experiences by 159%, according to a new Canadian study published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. The study also reports effects of marijuana use on cognitive development and shows that the link […]

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Twenty-year outcomes in adolescents who self-harm show worrying levels of substance abuse by age 35

A study by researchers from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) that followed a sample of almost 2000 Victorian school children from the age of 14 until the age of 35 found that social disadvantage, anxiety, and licit and illicit substance use (in particular cannabis), were all more common in participants who had reported self-harm […]

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Opioid users complete residential at higher rates than other patients

Residential treatment has received a lot of criticism and scepticism over the last several years, especially for opioid use disorders. (Some of it is deserved. Too many providers are hustlers and others provide little more than detox with inadequate follow-up. Of course, many of the same criticisms have been directed at medication-assisted treatment. But, that’s […]

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Canada: marijuana will be decriminalized by July 2018

Canada’s Liberal government has stated that marijuana will be decriminalized by July 2018. This means the removal, or at the least, a lessening of laws and restrictions related to marijuana use and associated pot services. While people on both sides of the debate have strongly held and differing opinions, the protection of youth is an […]

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Marijuana Treats Look Like Familiar Sweets

  In the first 5 months of this year,  nine children had been treated at the Colorado Children’s Hospital in Aurora for ingesting marijuana.  Seven of these children were in intensive care.    By August, at least 3 more children had been in emergency treatment for marijuana at the same hospital. The first stores for recreational […]

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Marijuana: What Parents Need to Know Today

Today’s Reality Even if you smoked pot 20+ years ago without harm, today’s situation is different.  We want our children to avoid marijuana because they care about the risks in marijuana itself. Here’s the facts for raising your children today: * Marijuana has been modified since 1994. The THC, which gives the high, is 3-10x […]

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Marijuana and Other Drugs: A Link We Can’t Ignore

Smart Approaches to Marijuana’s 2017 publication references academic studies which suggest that marijuana primes the brain for other types of drug usage.  Here’s the summary on that subject from page 4, Marijuana and Other Drugs: A Link We Can’t Ignore : MORE THAN FOUR in 10 people who ever use marijuana will go on to […]

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Mass Illnesses Due to Marijuana Edibles, Brownies, Candy

Mass Illness from Marijuana Edibles in San Francisco There’s more potential for overdose from edibles than smoked marijuana, although the teen in Seattle who jumped to his death last December did it after smoking pot for the first time.  Two shocking incidents in California suggest that overdose emergencies will increase if that states vote to […]

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The Marijuana Policy Initiative: Don’t Commercialize Marijuana.

A volunteer non-partisan coalition of people from across the US and Canada who have come to understand the negative local-to-global public health and safety implications of an organized, legal, freely-traded, commercialized and industrialized marijuana market. Here’s What’s Coming to Your Back Yard — A tour of a Colorado Commercial Marijuana Operation Our colleague,  Jo McGuire, […]

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Treatment for Cannabis Use Disorders: A Case Report

It is vital that physicians—particularly psychiatrists who are on the frontlines with patients who struggle with cannabis use—are able to identify and characterize cannabis use disorders; provide education; and offer effective, evidence-based treatments. This article provides a brief overview of each of these topics by walking through clinical decision-making with a case vignette that touches […]

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11 Fishers teens hospitalized after eating THC-laced gummy bears

La Porte, Ind. – Authorities with the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office say 11 teens from Fishers were hospitalized after eating gummy bears laced with THC, an active ingredient found in marijuana. Police began investigating the incident just before midnight on Thursday after they were dispatched on a medical call to the 5200 N block […]

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Psychosis relapse, medication non-adherence, and cannabis

In The Lancet Psychiatry, Schoeler and colleagues present a study1 describing the mediating effect of medication adherence on the association between continued cannabis use and relapse risk in patients with first-episode psychosis. They have previously reported a relapse rate of 36% in this patient group over a 2-year period.2 Acknowledging the potential risk of psychosis […]

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Drinking alcohol while pregnant harms kids for generations – study

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy could harm not just a woman’s unborn child, but her grandchildren and beyond. Researchers in the US have found brain abnormalities linked to foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), at least in mice, can be passed down through the generations. “Traditionally, prenatal ethanol exposure from maternal consumption of alcohol was thought to […]

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Cannabis is worth bothering with

Investigating the proposition that cannabis is worth bothering with, this hot topic looks at reports that stronger cannabis on the market is increasing harms to users, prospects of recovery from disorders and dependence, and the emerging response to synthetic forms of cannabis like ‘spice’. CANNABIS IN THE LAW A controlled ‘Class B’ substance, cannabis carries […]

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Weed Warning: Legalizing Marijuana Tied to Rise in Crashes in 3 States by HLDI

Legalizing recreational marijuana use in Colorado, Oregon and Washington has resulted in collision claim frequencies that are about three percent higher overall than would have been expected without legalization, a new insurance report has found. The Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) report says that more drivers admit to using marijuana, and the substance is showing […]

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Prescription Drugs ‘Orphan’ Children In Eastern Kentucky

Prescription Drugs ‘Orphan’ Children In Eastern Kentucky Orphaned by prescription drug overdoses .   Story highlights Many children and teens in eastern Kentucky have lost a parent to drug overdose “Without a normal mom and dad, you feel different,” one teen says Kentucky is the fourth most medicated state in the nation and sixth for overdoses A […]

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"When representing a cause (almost) lost, sound your trumpet, mount your steed and go for the very last charge, failing which you will die of sad old age in the depths of the forgotten fortress, no longer besieged because life has abandoned it for greener pastures."

Jean Raspail
From the website of jeanraspail.net

"Universal prevention initiatives are important elements of a comprehensive prevention strategy that should include selective and indicated prevention initiatives as well. In order to prevent the development of dependence you need all three - and you cannot do without universal prevention. Norms, attitudes, availability are important risk factors for developing drug use problems as well as neighbourhood disorganization and weak family bonds."

Christina Gynna, Deputy National Drugs Policy Co-ordinator, Sweden,
at the ICAA conference in Budapest, 24 October 2005

 
 

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