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June 9, 2016
Doctors must lead us out of our opioid abuse epidemic
June 6, 2016
Students engage fight against drug overdoses They're advocating for Naloxone use, medical amnesty
June 3, 2016
Fentanyl: The powerful opioid that killed Prince
January 7, 2016
Laws legalizing recreational marijuana have been passed in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska* and Washington, D.C. While all of the current laws make marijuana use legal only for those over the age of 21, the researchers say the laws normalize marijuana use, and can put the drug more easily into the hands of young people. The experts note it is more difficult to regulate marijuana than alcohol or tobacco, because people can grow it at home.
January 6, 2016
There are bans on TV commercials and some other types of marketing for regular cigarettes but there are no restrictions on advertisements for e-cigarettes. About 7 out of 10 kids said they've seen the ads, mostly in stores, according to survey results released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 22,000 high school and middle school students were asked in 2014 if they saw e-cigarette ads — in stores, online or in magazines, movies and television.
January 5, 2016
Eighteen-year-old Kurtis Hildreth likely had no idea how dangerous and deadly Spice was, but in 2013 he smoked a fatal dose of the synthetic cannabinoid. His family has since spoken out publicly, raising awareness of the legal drug, marked “not for human consumption.” A recent SAMHSA report revealed emergency department visits resulting from the synthetic marijuana more than doubled in just one year.
December 17, 2015
Calls to Poison Control Centers for Synthetic Marijuana Almost Doubled Since Last Year
December 15, 2015
National Survey on Drug Use and Health Finds Marijuana Use Continuing to Rise Among Youth
December 11, 2015
Activists still plan to push for better access
December 9, 2015
The Hall County Sheriff’s Office was awarded the 2015 Partner Organization of the Year. The award is presented to an organization that has exemplified partnership and true collaboration with the Coalition and its goal to reduce substance abuse among youth in Hall County.
December 8, 2015
Part 1: In America, a baby is born dependent on opioids every 19 minutes. But doctors aren’t alerting social services to thousands of these infants, many of whom come to harm in families shattered by narcotics.
December 3, 2015
A first-of-its-kind study of the effects of high-potency marijuana on brain structure shows it can damage the corpus callosum (imaged above), a huge section of white matter that consists of nerve fibers responsible for communicating between the two halves of the brain. This part of the brain is rich in receptors to which THC binds. Study results “reflect a sliding scale where the more cannabis you smoke and the higher the potency, the worse the damage will be,” says Dr. Paoloa Dazzan, reader in neurobiology of psychosis at the institute of psychiatry, psychology, and neuroscience at King’s College London and senior researcher of the study.
December 2, 2015
This week, the Food and Drug Administration approved Narcan nasal spray, the first FDA-approved nasal spray version of naloxone hydrochloride, a life-saving medication that can stop or reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.
November 18, 2015
"We're partnering with communities to prevent drug use, reduce overdose deaths, help people get treatment. And under the Affordable Care Act, more health plans have to cover substance abuse disorders. The budget that I sent Congress would invest in things like state overdose prevention programs, preparing more first responders to save more lives, and expanding medication assisted treatment programs. - President Obama, Charleston, West Virginia, October 21, 2015
November 5, 2015
A Joe-Camel like superhero, “Buddie” (above), touring Ohio colleges, cities, and towns in the “Green Rush Bus”; an estimated $25 million war chest; paid canvassers knocking on one million doors; and 8,200 TV ads as of mid-October couldn’t persuade Ohioans to legalize marijuana. The Ohio Marijuana Legalization Initiative, known as Issue 3, which would have legalized pot for both medical and recreational use, went down to resounding defeat by an almost 2 to 1 margin in yesterday’s elections. With all precincts reporting, the unofficial vote total is 64 percent (1,959,802) against, 36 percent (1,094,289) for.
October 31, 2015
Many youth said flavoring such as bubble gum, mint and chocolate was a reason to use e-cigarettes, hookahs, cigars, smokeless tobacco, and snus pouches, the researchers reported. The study, “Flavored Tobacco Product Use Among US Youth Aged 12-17 Years, 2013-2014,” appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association this week. Most tobacco use begins during youth and young adulthood, and although cigarette use has been declining, other products like e-cigarettes and hookah are becoming more common
October 30, 2015
President Obama Speaks as a Father, Pushing to End Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Epidemic
October 30, 2015
CDC: Tobacco Use Decreased by 64 Percent Among High School Students Since 1997 But Marijuana Use Doubled
October 30, 2015
Background Paper on Legalization of Marijuana for Medical Use Prepared for the Georgia Medical Cannabis Commission
October 29, 2015
State law enforcement officials say any expansion of medical marijuana in Georgia will need extensive regulations to protect patients.
May 6, 2015
(CNN)—My kids are in elementary school -- a little young for the "weed talk" -- but I wonder whether the fact that recreational pot use is now legal in a handful of states will complicate things once we start having those conversations.
February 12, 2015
By Kristen Oliver, koliver@gainesvilletimes.com, POSTED: February 12, 2015 12:43 a.m.
January 29, 2015
By Cassie Goldberg, www.drugfree.org, POSTED: January 29, 2015
January 26, 2015
By DFAA, www.drugfreeactionalliance.org
January 15, 2015
By the Office of National Drug Control Policy, www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp, POSTED: January 12, 2015.
December 18, 2014
By CADCA, www.cadca.org, POSTED: December 18, 2014.
December 3, 2014
By Michael Laff, www.aafp.org, POSTED: December 02, 2014 11:55 am
December 3, 2014
By Access North GA, www.accessnorthga.com, Posted: Wednesday, December 3rd 2014 at 7:35 a.m
December 2, 2014
By Nick Watson, nwatson@gainesvilletimes.com, POSTED: December 2, 2014 9:32 p.m
November 13, 2014
By Josie Feliz, www.drugfree.org, POSTED: November 13, 2014.
October 28, 2014
By Julie S, julie.s@hngn.com, Oct 28, 2014 12:55 PM EDT
October 1, 2014
By Celia Vimont, www.drugfree.org, October 1, 2014
September 25, 2014
By Join Together Staff, www.drugfree.org, September 25, 2014
September 10, 2014
By Dr. Susan Bartell, www.drugfree.org, Septemeber 10, 2014
September 9, 2014
By Join Together Staff, www.drugfree.org, September 9, 2014
September 4, 2014
By Brian Stewart, accessnorthga.com, Posted: Thursday, September 4th 2014 at 8:39pm
August 30, 2014
By Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, updated 7:14 AM EDT, Sat August 30, 2014
August 21, 2014
It isn’t peer pressure that is driving 18- to 29-year-olds to abuse and misuse prescription drugs, it’s the desire to have fun with friends. That’s the finding of a new Purdue University study, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
August 10, 2014
By Ken Stanford, www.accessnorthgeorgia.com, Posted: Sunday, August 10th 2014 at 7:38am
July 28, 2014
By Kelly Wallace, CNN updated 8:44 AM EDT, Fri July 18, 2014
July 27, 2014
By Nick Watson, nwatson@gainesvilletimes.com, POSTED: July 27, 2014 12:21 a.m.
July 11, 2014
Article by Arthur T. Dean- Major General, US Army Retired, Chairman and CEO of CADCA, www.cadca.com, Posted: July 11, 2014
July 6, 2014
By Jen Christensen, CNN, updated 5:47 PM EDT, June 27, 2014
June 26, 2014
By Linda Carroll, www.nbcnews.com, Posted June 26, 2014
June 25, 2014
The profile of a drugged driver has changed substantially since 1993, according to a new study released this week in the journal Public Health Reports, which shows that more drivers are now testing positive for prescription drugs, marijuana and multiple drugs.
June 25, 2014
In a new article in the Washington Post, Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, explains why legalizing marijuana in Colorado and Washington state is a risky social experiment that could lead to a slew of negative consequences and increase youth marijuana use.
June 24, 2014
A growing number of drugged drivers are testing positive for prescription drugs, a new study suggests. More drivers involved in fatal crashes tested positive for prescription medications than for any other drug type.
June 13, 2014
By Emma Witman, ewitman@gainesvilletimes.com POSTED: June 13, 2014 12:17 a.m.
May 29, 2014
161 Pounds of Unwanted, Unused Medications Collected During Simi-Annual National Prescription Take Back Day.
May 28, 2014
CADCA Member Recognized for Advocacy, Prescription Drug Initiatives
May 15, 2014
Drug poisoning deaths involving opioid analgesics among those aged 15 and over have more than tripled in the past decade, according to Health, United States, 2013, an annual, comprehensive report on the nation’s health by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
April 24, 2014
As part of its implementation of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act signed by the President in 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today proposed a new rule that would extend the agency's tobacco authority to cover products such as e-cigarettes, hookahs, cigars and other tobacco products that are currently unregulated.
April 23, 2014
By Access North GA, Posted: Wednesday, April 23rd 2014 at 7:29am
April 23, 2014
By Gainesville Times, POSTED: April 23, 2014 12:49 a.m.
March 30, 2014
Article by Carly Sharec, csharec@gainesvilletimes.com, POSTED: March 30, 2014 11:03 p.m.
March 28, 2014
By Ken Stanford, Access North GA, Posted: Friday, March 28th 2014 at 5:57pm.
March 13, 2014
By Access North GA, Posted: Thursday, March 13th 2014 at 8:30 a.m.
March 13, 2014
By Emma Witman, ewitman@gainesvilletimes.com, POSTED: March 13, 2014 12:35 a.m.
February 27, 2014
Presented by CADCA, www.cadca.org, February 27, 2014
February 26, 2014
By Joshua Silavent, jsilavent@gainesvilletimes.com, POSTED: February 26, 2014 12:58 a.m.
February 21, 2014
By Access North GA, Press Release Posted: Friday, February 21st 2014 at 1:21pm
February 12, 2014
By Emma Witman, ewitman@gainesvilletimes.com POSTED: February 12, 2014 3:46 p.m.
February 2, 2014
The Drug Free Coalition of Hall County is proud to have partnered with the Medical Association of Georgia in the development of their Think About It campaign.
January 2, 2014
By Marc Eggers Staff, Posted: Thursday, January 2nd 2014 at 1:37pm
June 21, 2013
By Emma Witman ewitman@gainesvilletimes.com POSTED:June 21, 2013 1:10 a.m.
May 28, 2013
P. Tennent Slack, MD will present “The Prescription Drug Overdose Epidemic – A Question of Balance.” Local Gainesville businessman, Dallas Gay will share the story his grandson fight with prescription drug abuse and how in late October 2012 that addiction ended his young life at age twenty-one.
May 27, 2013
Together, the Gainesville City Police Department, Hall County Sheriff’s Office and the Braselton Police Department collected a total of 166 pounds of prescription and over-the-counter drugs on Saturday, April 27, 2013 during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
December 13, 2012
May 12, 2012
Student participants in the Drug Free Coalition of Hall County’s first annual Face it… Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Video Contest for middle and high school youth walked the red carpet at the awards ceremony Thursday evening, May 10, 2012, at Gainesville State College’s new Academic IV building.
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