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Video of the 2014 Texas Red Ribbon Rally

Posted on October 22, 2014

On Thursday, October 16, 5th and 6th graders from around Texas gathered at the State Capitol to rally against drugs before heading inside to participate in a mock legislative session, proposing and voting on anti-drug legislation. Click below for video of the rally, featuring the Texas Children’s Choir and master of ceremonies Mark… continue reading »

On Thursday, October 16, 5th and 6th graders from around Texas gathered at the State Capitol to rally against drugs before heading inside to participate in a mock legislative session, proposing and voting on anti-drug legislation. Click below for video of the rally, featuring the Texas Children’s Choir and master of ceremonies Mark “Police ICE” Gil.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeelDo_ttaA

For more information on Red Ribbon Week in Texas, visit the Partnership for a Drug-Free Texas Red Ribbon page:

http://www.drugfreetexas.org/red-ribbon/

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The Genetic Reason Why Some Drinkers Can’t Stop

Source: TIME | Posted on October 21, 2014

Around 10% of people will develop alcohol disorders, and a new study in mice shows that having a specific genetic strand might be the reason some escalate from moderate to excessive drinkers.

Around 10% of people will develop alcohol disorders, and a new study in mice shows that having a specific genetic strand might be the reason some escalate from moderate to excessive drinkers.

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For Back Pain or Headache, Painkillers Do More Harm than Good

Source: TIME | Posted on September 30, 2014

For the fist time, a major medical organization takes a stand on rampant overuse of opioids for treating back pain, headaches and migraines. Powerful painkillers do little to improve patients’ daily functioning, finds the American Academy of Neurology in a new position statement on opioid painkillers for chronic pain not… continue reading »

For the fist time, a major medical organization takes a stand on rampant overuse of opioids for treating back pain, headaches and migraines. Powerful painkillers do little to improve patients’ daily functioning, finds the American Academy of Neurology in a new position statement on opioid painkillers for chronic pain not related to cancer.

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On Saturday, Dispose of Your Prescription Drugs Safely

Source: CBS News | Posted on September 25, 2014

Saturday is National Prescription Take-Back Day. Over the past four years, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has spearheaded this initiative and has held seven previous Take-Back Days, which are authorized by the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010. As a result, the federal agency has collected more than… continue reading »

Saturday is National Prescription Take-Back Day. Over the past four years, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has spearheaded this initiative and has held seven previous Take-Back Days, which are authorized by the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010. As a result, the federal agency has collected more than 780,000 pounds of old, unwanted or unused pills. The DEA has set up Take-Back sites nationwide from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Visit the agency’s website to find a Take-Back location near you: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html

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Rate of Fatal Overdoses Involving Pain Medications Slows, CDC Says

Source: Sun Sentinel | Posted on September 16, 2014

Fatal overdoses involving prescription painkillers have increased every year for more than a decade, but a government study has found for the first time that the rate is slowing.

Fatal overdoses involving prescription painkillers have increased every year for more than a decade, but a government study has found for the first time that the rate is slowing.

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Washington Post Editorial Against Leagalizing Marijuana in D.C.

Source: Washington Post | Posted on September 15, 2014

The Washington Post has published an editorial against legalizing marijuana in Washington D.C., citing Smart Approaches to Marijuana’s cataloguing of problems in Colorado as one of the reasons for their opposition.  http://learnaboutsam.org/report-marijuanas-impact-colorado/  

The Washington Post has published an editorial against legalizing marijuana in Washington D.C., citing Smart Approaches to Marijuana’s cataloguing of problems in Colorado as one of the reasons for their opposition.  http://learnaboutsam.org/report-marijuanas-impact-colorado/

 

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Nicotine Device Licensed as Medicine in UK

Source: BBC | Posted on September 12, 2014

A nicotine inhaler which closely resembles a cigarette is the first product of its kind to be licensed as a medicine in the UK. The product, called Voke, which is not electronic, could be provided on prescription to help people stop smoking. It is also the first device made by… continue reading »

A nicotine inhaler which closely resembles a cigarette is the first product of its kind to be licensed as a medicine in the UK. The product, called Voke, which is not electronic, could be provided on prescription to help people stop smoking. It is also the first device made by a tobacco company to be licensed.

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