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Department of Transportation sent this bulletin at 12/03/2012 10:53 AM EST DOT OFFICE OF DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY AND COMPLIANCE NOTICE Recently, some states passed initiatives to permit use of marijuana for so-called “recreational” purposes. We have had several inquiries about whether these state initiatives will have an impact upon the Department of Transportation’s longstanding [...]
Click here for a fascinating article about marijuana's link to mental disorders.
On November 6th, Colorado and Washington became the first US states to pass ballot initiatives to legalize marijuana for recreational use, but marijuana remains listed as a Schedule I substance in the Controlled Substance Act, making it illegal on a federal level. The US also has signed several international treaties that obligate it to keep [...]
A new synthetic ("designer") drug has recently emerged, a powerful hallucinogen nicknamed "25I." Commonly described as a "synthetic LSD," this powerful synthetic has already claimed the lives of several young people, most recently, a 21 year old festival goer in New Orleans. Read about that overdose death here. Very little is known about this substance, technically [...]
Fiery fatal truck crash on I-94 in Wis. linked to synthetic marijuana http://www.startribune.com/local/165022466.html?refer=y August 4, 2012 – 9:47 PM A man's death in the crash was the third death of a Minnesotan linked to the dangerously unpredictable substances. A truck driver has been charged with two felonies for allegedly smoking synthetic marijuana before causing a fiery nighttime [...]
July 30, 2012 Physicians should take lead against efforts in Colorado, Washington and Oregon. The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) opposes proposals to legalize marijuana anywhere in the United States, including three state measures on November 2012 ballots. Legalization initiatives in Colorado, Washington and Oregon create unacceptable risks to public health, according to a white paper approved by the ASAM Board of Directors at [...]
The secretary of the state's office announced on July 13th that the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act, a ballot initiative that would legalize possession of marijuana in Oregon, will appear on the general election ballot in November. A similar initiative was defeated in Oregon in 2010. However, the ballot has a good chance of success this [...]
The slightly satirical article linked below contains a list of horrific and absurd cases of incidents related to MDPV, AKA "bath salts." Some of the content is graphic and adult themed. The article demonstrates the danger of this trending designer drug. In 2011, poison control centers logged more than 61oo emergencies related to bath salts, [...]
Are you concerned about how to address prescription drug abuse in the workplace? The misuse of prescription drugs (psychotherapeutics) is at epidemic proportions in the US. Current data indicate that we produce enough hydrocodone and oxycodone per year in this county to supply every citizen with 24 tabs of hydrocodone and 40 tabs of oxycodone. [...]
The tragic hot-air balloon crash on January 9, 2012, in Carterton, New Zealand took the lives of all 11 people on board. A statement just issued by the Transport Accident Investigation Commission state that toxicology reports reveal that the balloon pilot had cannabis in his system at the time of the crash. Despite numerous incidents [...]
New, nationally projectable survey results released today by The Partnership at Drugfree.org and MetLife Foundation found that past-month marijuana use – particularly heavy use – has increased significantly among U.S. high school students since 2008. The Partnership Attitude Tracking Study, sponsored by MetLife Foundation, found that 9 percent of teens (nearly 1.5 million) smoked marijuana heavily (at least 20 times) in [...]