Calif. Chamber of Commerce Fights Pot Proposition

The California Chamber of Commerce disagrees that Prop. 19’s effects would be minimal. Last week, the employer lobbying group began airing radio ads in Southern California detailing its opposition. “It creates a whole new protected class of employees and ties employers’ hands in maintaining a drug and alcohol-free workplace,” said Erika Frank, general counsel for … Read more

DOT Issues Final Rule on Drug Testing

On January 1, 2018, the Department of Transportation’s final rule amending its drug-testing program goes into effect.  In an effort to more closely align with the revised HHS Mandatory Guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the rule clarifies existing drug-testing program provisions, makes technical amendments, and removes certain requirements for … Read more

Venezuela Captures Alleged Colombian Drug Lord

The last remaining fugitive capo of Colombia’s Norte del Valle drug cartel has been captured in Venezuela and will be extradited to the United States, President Hugo Chavez announced Tuesday.

Targeting Brain Circuits for Addiction, Relapse

WASHINGTON — Could a once-a-month alcoholism shot keep some of the highest-risk heroin addicts from relapse? A drug that wakes up narcoleptics treat cocaine addiction? An old antidepressant fight methamphetamine? This is the next frontier in substance abuse: a Better understanding of how addiction overlaps with other brain diseases is sparking a hunt to see … Read more

A Cautionary Tale: Smart People and Addiction

Rationalization and denial are key concepts in addiction treatment. To recover, addicts admit they have rationalized their habit (“I use so much less than my friends.”) and denied they have a problem (“I can handle it. It’s not affecting my job.”) Here’s another barrier to recovery from addiction: “I’m too smart for this to become … Read more

Driver in Deadly Texas Bus Crash Had Used Cocaine

By DANNY ROBBINS (AP) “DALLAS — A drug test conducted on the driver involved in the Texas charter bus crash that killed 17 passengers last year showed evidence of recent cocaine use, according to records obtained by The Associated Press. The National Transportation Safety Board found evidence of cocaine in a urine sample from Barrett … Read more

Opium – U.S. Bombs Poppy Crop to Cut Taliban Drug Ties

updated 6:04 a.m. EDT, Tue July 21, 2009 “The U.S. military bombed about 300 tons of poppy seeds in a dusty field in southern Afghanistan Tuesday in a dramatic show of force designed to break up the Taliban’s connection to heroin.” View Article: