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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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Selling a Poison by the Barrel: Liquid Nicotine for E-Cigarettes

Source: New York Times | Posted on March 26, 2014

A dangerous new form of a powerful stimulant is hitting markets nationwide, for sale by the vial, the gallon and even the barrel. The drug is nicotine, in its potent, liquid form — extracted from tobacco and tinctured with a cocktail of flavorings, colorings and assorted chemicals to feed the… continue reading »

A dangerous new form of a powerful stimulant is hitting markets nationwide, for sale by the vial, the gallon and even the barrel. The drug is nicotine, in its potent, liquid form — extracted from tobacco and tinctured with a cocktail of flavorings, colorings and assorted chemicals to feed the fast-growing electronic cigarette industry. Toxicologists warn that e-liquids pose a significant risk to public health, particularly to children, who may be drawn to their bright colors and fragrant flavorings like cherry, chocolate and bubble gum.

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Potentially Explosive New Trend in Marijuana Use Reported in Houston Area

Source: Houston Chronicle | Posted on March 26, 2014

Experts are warning about the use and production of a potentially explosive and highly potent form of marijuana they say is on the rise in Houston after a group of teens were arrested with it earlier this month. Hash oil is extracted from marijuana plants using highly flammable butane. Several… continue reading »

Experts are warning about the use and production of a potentially explosive and highly potent form of marijuana they say is on the rise in Houston after a group of teens were arrested with it earlier this month. Hash oil is extracted from marijuana plants using highly flammable butane. Several people have been injured in explosions across the country as they tried to produce it.

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