One-Fourth of Deadly Auto Crashes Involve Drugs

Everyone knows the dangers of drunk driving, but alcohol isn’t the only drug that poses a threat on the road. Among U.S. drivers who died in a car crash, about one in four tested positive for drugs such as marijuana, cocaine or amphetamines, a new study shows. Researchers looked at a government reporting system that … Read more

Most Men Arrested in Atlanta Test Positive for Drugs

Most men arrested in Atlanta test positive for illegal drugs at the time of their arrests, according to a new federal study. About 62 percent of men arrested in the city in 2010 tested positive for at least one drug, according to the National Drug Control Policy’s Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring Annual Report. “Drug addiction … Read more

Adolescent Substance Use: America’s #1 Public Health Problem

Nine out of 10 Americans who meet the medical criteria for addiction (1) started smoking, drinking, or using other drugs before age 18, according to a national study released today by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA*) at Columbia University. Adolescent Substance Use: America’s #1 Public Health Problem reveals that adolescence is … Read more

Cocaine Laced With Veterinary Drug Levamisole Eats Away at Flesh

Eighty-two percent of seized cocaine contains levamisole, according to an April 2011 report by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Why dealers would stretch their stash with levamisole instead of the more traditional fillers, like baking soda, is unclear, although studies in rats suggest the drug acts on the same brain receptors as cocaine. So it … Read more

Majority of Adult Males Arrested in 10 U.S. Cities Test Positive for Illegal Drugs At Time of Arrest

The 2010 report reveals that in the 10 participating cities/counties, more than half of adult males arrested for crimes ranging from misdemeanors to felonies tested positive for at least one drug. Positive test results ranged from 52 percent in Washington, DC, to 83 percent in Chicago, Illinois, illustrating the link between drug use and crime … Read more

Florida’s Growth of ‘Pill Mills’ Due to Weak Regulation, Lack of Laws and No Prescription Drug Database

Florida’s ‘pill mill’ problem grew out of years of weak regulations, a lack of laws and the absence of a database to monitor prescription drugs, according to an article in the Orlando Sentinel. “We failed to enact proper controls and procedures that would keep this from getting out of hand,” Bruce Grant, the state’s former … Read more

Addicts Putting Pharmacies Under Siege

Psychemedics – Pharmacies Under Siege CNN The assailants, often addicted to the powerful painkillers they are seeking, employ guns, knives and even bomb threats to rob the pharmacies. The state of Washington is one of several hot spots around the country for pharmacy crime. In the last three years in the state, there have been … Read more

Lansing Catholic High School To Mandate Drug Testing For Students, Staff

Psychemedics is proud to partner with Lansing Catholic School to help them create a drug-free environment. LANSING — Lansing Catholic High School staff and students will begin mandatory school drug testing this fall. “The whole idea is to prevent students from using drugs, and if they are, to get them to stop and get them … Read more