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U.S. Proposal Would Ban E-Cigarette Sales to Minors, Allow Advertising

Source: Reuters | Posted on April 24, 2014

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed rules on Thursday that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18, but would not restrict flavored products, online sales or advertising, which public health advocates say attract children. The long-awaited proposal, which would subject the $2 billion industry to federal… continue reading »

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed rules on Thursday that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18, but would not restrict flavored products, online sales or advertising, which public health advocates say attract children. The long-awaited proposal, which would subject the $2 billion industry to federal regulation for the first time, is not as restrictive as some companies had feared and will likely take years to become fully effective.

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Powdered Alcohol Approval Was An Error

Source: USA Today | Posted on April 22, 2014

Don’t expect powdered alcohol to hit store shelves anytime soon. A product called “Palcohol” gained widespread attention online in recent days after it was reported that the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved the powdered alcohol, including vodka and rum varieties. But a representative for the federal bureau,… continue reading »

Don’t expect powdered alcohol to hit store shelves anytime soon. A product called “Palcohol” gained widespread attention online in recent days after it was reported that the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved the powdered alcohol, including vodka and rum varieties. But a representative for the federal bureau, Tom Hogue, said in an email to The Associated Press late Monday that the approvals were issued in error.

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Surge in Opioid Prescriptions for Pregnant Women

Source: New York Times | Posted on April 14, 2014

Doctors are prescribing opioid painkillers to pregnant women in astonishing numbers, new research shows, even though risks to the developing fetus are largely unknown.

Doctors are prescribing opioid painkillers to pregnant women in astonishing numbers, new research shows, even though risks to the developing fetus are largely unknown.

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E-Cigarette Makers Targeting Youth, Congressional Report Says

Source: New York Times | Posted on April 14, 2014

An investigation by Democratic members of Congress into the marketing practices of electronic cigarette companies found that major producers are targeting young people by giving away free samples at music and sporting events and running radio and television advertisements during youth-oriented programs. The inquiry, led by Senator Richard J. Durbin,… continue reading »

An investigation by Democratic members of Congress into the marketing practices of electronic cigarette companies found that major producers are targeting young people by giving away free samples at music and sporting events and running radio and television advertisements during youth-oriented programs. The inquiry, led by Senator Richard J. Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois, and Representative Henry A. Waxman, a Democrat from California, was conducted as the Food and Drug Administration prepares a major package of tobacco control rules that would place e-cigarettes under federal regulation for the first time. The new rules have been slow to appear, and lawmakers said they hoped their report might help speed their release.

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Why heroin is spreading in America’s suburbs (+video)

Source: The Christian Science Monitor | Posted on April 3, 2014

The drug has followed prescription painkillers into new neighborhoods, forcing police and parents to confront an unexpected problem.

The drug has followed prescription painkillers into new neighborhoods, forcing police and parents to confront an unexpected problem.

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Law Enforcement Concerned About Potentially Addictive Drug Kratom

Source: The Partnership at Drugfree.org | Posted on March 28, 2014

Law enforcement officials are concerned about a potentially addictive drug called kratom, which is sold as a tea in head shops, according to USA Today. “Kratom has been described as producing both stimulant and sedative effects,” the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) states on its website.

Law enforcement officials are concerned about a potentially addictive drug called kratom, which is sold as a tea in head shops, according to USA Today. “Kratom has been described as producing both stimulant and sedative effects,” the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) states on its website.

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Vaporizers Gain Popularity Among Marijuana Smokers

Source: The Partnership at Drugfree.org | Posted on March 28, 2014

A growing number of marijuana smokers are choosing to use vaporizers, which are similar to e-cigarettes, according to USA Today. “This really portends the next generation of marijuana use,” John Lovell, a Sacramento attorney and lobbyist for the California Narcotics Officers’ Association and California Police Chiefs Association, told the newspaper…. continue reading »

A growing number of marijuana smokers are choosing to use vaporizers, which are similar to e-cigarettes, according to USA Today. “This really portends the next generation of marijuana use,” John Lovell, a Sacramento attorney and lobbyist for the California Narcotics Officers’ Association and California Police Chiefs Association, told the newspaper. Concentrates can be composed of as much as 80 percent or 90 percent THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

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