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Austin Is at the Center of a Major Synthetic Marijuana Manufacturing and Distribution Ring, Officials Say

Source: KVUE.com | Posted on June 5, 2014

Federal authorities have broken up a major synthetic marijuana manufacturing and distribution ring. At the center of the probe is The Gas Pipe, a popular head shop with locations across North Texas and in Austin.

Federal authorities have broken up a major synthetic marijuana manufacturing and distribution ring. At the center of the probe is The Gas Pipe, a popular head shop with locations across North Texas and in Austin.

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Heroin Is the Drug of Choice in White US Suburbs

Source: Yahoo! News | Posted on May 29, 2014

A new study has found that heroin is increasingly the drug of choice for young people in the American suburbs, where an epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse has opened the path toward the cheaper street drug. The study out Wednesday, “The Changing Face of Heroin in the United States,” spans the… continue reading »

A new study has found that heroin is increasingly the drug of choice for young people in the American suburbs, where an epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse has opened the path toward the cheaper street drug. The study out Wednesday, “The Changing Face of Heroin in the United States,” spans the past 50 years and shows how heroin has made its way from the back alleys to the backyards of middle class America.

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Seniors and Prescription Drugs: As Misuse Rises, So Does the Toll

Source: USA Today | Posted on May 22, 2014

Hundreds of thousands of seniors are misusing prescription medication, mostly narcotic painkillers and anti-anxiety medications. As the problem has grown, so have the consequences, from treatment program admissions to emergency room visits and overdose deaths.

Hundreds of thousands of seniors are misusing prescription medication, mostly narcotic painkillers and anti-anxiety medications. As the problem has grown, so have the consequences, from treatment program admissions to emergency room visits and overdose deaths.

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Xanax-related ER Visits Double in 6 Years

Source: CNN | Posted on May 22, 2014

Alprazolam, the prescription sedative more commonly known by its brand name, Xanax, is being implicated in a spiraling number of emergency room visits, according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Over the past few years, the number of ER visits associated with misuse… continue reading »

Alprazolam, the prescription sedative more commonly known by its brand name, Xanax, is being implicated in a spiraling number of emergency room visits, according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Over the past few years, the number of ER visits associated with misuse of the drug more than doubled.

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SAMHSA Considering Changes to Privacy of Alcohol and Substance Records

Source: Government Health IT | Posted on May 22, 2014

Although electronic health records (EHRs) have revolutionized the coordination of care, physicians and mental health practitioners are often left in the dark about their patients’ substance abuse history and treatment because of outdated confidentiality requirements meant to protect individuals from the stigma of being labeled as an abuser of alcohol… continue reading »

Although electronic health records (EHRs) have revolutionized the coordination of care, physicians and mental health practitioners are often left in the dark about their patients’ substance abuse history and treatment because of outdated confidentiality requirements meant to protect individuals from the stigma of being labeled as an abuser of alcohol or drugs.  Long overdue changes to the confidentiality requirements applied to alcohol and substance abuse treatment records may finally be on the way.

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Study Gives E-Cigarettes Edge in Helping Smokers Quit

Source: New York Times | Posted on May 20, 2014

A large study in England has found that smokers trying to quit were substantially more likely to succeed if they used electronic cigarettes than over-the-counter therapies such as nicotine patches or gum. These results offered encouraging but not definitive evidence in the contentious debate about the risks and benefits of… continue reading »

A large study in England has found that smokers trying to quit were substantially more likely to succeed if they used electronic cigarettes than over-the-counter therapies such as nicotine patches or gum. These results offered encouraging but not definitive evidence in the contentious debate about the risks and benefits of these increasingly popular smoking devices.

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Conservative Group Begins Pushing for Medical Marijuana in Texas

Source: WOAI.com | Posted on May 20, 2014

A conservative group says it will begin pushing hard for the legalization of marijuana for medical use in Texas, 1200 WOAI’s Berit Mason reports. Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana for Autism, or MAMMA, says the group will be urging lawmakers in the sessions that begins in January to push for revisions… continue reading »

A conservative group says it will begin pushing hard for the legalization of marijuana for medical use in Texas, 1200 WOAI’s Berit Mason reports. Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana for Autism, or MAMMA, says the group will be urging lawmakers in the sessions that begins in January to push for revisions in state law to allow marijuana to be used as a treatment, especially for sick children who suffer from the seizures associated with autism.

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