Teen Girls Say Kids More Likely To Drink, Do Drugs To Cope

Teen girls are more likely than teen boys to identify potential benefits from drugs and alcohol, says a study released today by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America. In the 2009 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study, more than two-thirds of teen girls reported that using drugs helps kids cope with problems at home, and half said … Read more

Marijuana, America’s Most Dangerous Illegal Drug

Methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin may be America’s most addictive and destructive drugs, but marijuana is the most dangerous illegal drug in our nation. The reasons for this conclusion are many. First is that marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in America. Almost 2 million persons began using marijuana last year in the United … Read more

Exxon Valdez Changed Game On Drug, Alcohol Testing

Push to test employees in safety-sensitive positions still making its way through the Canadian system. Dan Scott, of Seveny Scott Lawyers in Edmonton, who has acted for labor unions, says he believes big oil companies will continue to bring in new drug testing policies, even if they could face sanctions from human-rights tribunals. The reason, … Read more

Mexican Army Kills 15 Suspected Drug Gang Members

Fifteen suspected drug gang members were killed in a shootout with Mexican soldiers on Tuesday in western Mexico in the latest fatal clash between warring cartels and federal forces. https://www.reuters.com/places/mexico

Mexico Becomes U.S. Meth Source

Border seizures of methamphetamine are surging after years of decline, indicating that the drug once seen as a poor man’s cocaine drummed up in backwoods U.S. kitchens are becoming a key export of Mexican drug traffickers. The Drug Enforcement Administration estimates the vast majority of all U.S. meth seized now originates in Mexico, with increasing … Read more

State Medical Marijuana Laws Are Getting Stricter

Fourteen states and the District of Columbia allow people to use medical marijuana to treat a wide variety of ailments. Each medical marijuana law is different — but if you look at them in chronological order, a pattern emerges: The laws are becoming stricter. The states passing laws today include more regulation than the early … Read more

Doctored Cocaine Raises Alarms in Twin Cities

Two people died and three others became ill after using tainted cocaine now making its way into the Twin Cities, state health officials said Monday. And, experts say, it may only be the beginning of a more widespread problem in Minnesota. The deadly addition to the cocaine was Levamisole, an anti-worm veterinary medication added to … Read more

More Teens May Be Getting High off Prescription Drugs

One high school student in five has taken a prescription drug without a doctor’s order, according to a nationwide survey. Abuse of a prescription drug was most common among white students (23 percent), followed by Hispanics (17.2 percent) and blacks (11.8 percent), according to Danice Eaton of the CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health … Read more

Contaminated Cocaine Can Cause Flesh to Rot

“Cocaine abusers — already at risk for an abnormal heartbeat, blood pressure problems, hallucinations, convulsions and stroke — can add another potential health complication to the list: rotting flesh.” https://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/infectious-diseases/articles/2010/06/01/contaminated-cocaine-can-cause-flesh-to-rot.html