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College students smoking more pot, fewer cigarettes, study says
More college students are using marijuana but fewer are smoking cigarettes, according to an annual study of college drug use. CLEVELAND, Ohio - More college students are using marijuana but fewer are smoking cigarettes, according to an annual study of college drug use. Alcohol remains the drug of choice. Starting in 1980, the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research Monitoring the Future study has included nationally representative samples of 1,000 to 1,500 full-time college students who are one to four years beyond high school.  In general, men are more likely than women to use nearly all of the illicit drugs, the report said. Sedatives are the primary exception; and there the genders are very close in their annual prevalence rates. Here are results of what college students in 2015 reported using. All statistics are based on any use in the past 12 months, unless otherwise noted. Marijuana 38 percent. That is an increase from 30 percent in 2006. 4.4 percent reported daily or near-daily use of marijuana (having used 20 or more times in the prior 30 days), a decline from 5.9 percent in 2014. Marijuana use may be increasing because most college students do not see it as dangerous, the study said. Cigarettes Daily smoking declined from 19.3 percent in 1999 to 4.2 percent in 2015. 11 percent said they had smoked a cigarette in the prior 30 days, compared to 31 percent in 1999. Alcohol 79 percent indicated that they used in the past 12 months and 63 percent in the past 30 days. 62 percent said they were drunk at least once in the past 12 months and 38 percent in the past 30 days. 40 percent reported binge drinking--defined as having five or more drinks on at least one occasion in the past two weeks. Nonmedical use of prescription drugs 3.3 percent. Use has been declining since reaching a high of 8.8 percent in 2006. Heroin  0.1 percent. Use has been low for many years. The highest annual prevalence recorded since 1980 was in 1998 at 0.6 percent, but the rate has been at or under 0.3 percent since 2005. Amphetamines  9.7 percent. From 2008 through 2012, the percentage rose from 5.7 percent to 11.1 percent, likely due to more students using them to improve their academic performance. Ecstasy, also known as "Molly"  4.2 percent. Use has been in decline since 2012. Synthetic marijuana 1.5 percent. A decline from 8.5 percent in 2011. Salvia 0.4 percent. A decline from 5.8 in 2009. Bath salts 0.1 percent. Decline from 0.3 percent in 2012.
75 points by The Plain Dealer | Drug addiction Drug Drugs Cigarette Pharmacology Recreational drug use Prevalence Decline
Smoking and drinking rates among U.S. teenagers fall to new lows
WASHINGTON — Smoking and drinking among teenagers fell to new lows in 2015, new federal data show, as young Americans continued to shift away from the habits of their parents.
4 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Barack Obama Heroin Drug addiction United States Addiction Pharmacology Drugs Adolescence
Hassan outlines federal plan to curb opioid abuse
Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan says she would require doctors nationwide to use prescription drug monitoring programs if she is elected to the U.S. Senate this fall. Such programs are meant to curb opioid abuse by tracking prescriptions and preventing patients from “doctor shopping.” New Hampshire de...
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Cuyahoga County has record number of opiate deaths in August
CLEVELAND (AP) - A medical examiner in Cleveland says a record number of people fatally overdosed from heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil or some combination of the three drugs in Cuyahoga County last month. The medical examiner on Thursday said testing had found carfentanil, a sedative used on large animals such as ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Coroner Heroin Illegal drug trade Drugs National Football League Ohio Labor Day Suicide
Rosie O’Donnell delivers encouraging update on daughter after ‘overdose’
Earlier this week that Chelsea was taken to Long Island hospital after overdosing on drugs.
33 points by New York Post | Drug overdose Barbiturate Psychiatry Naloxone Benzodiazepine overdose Medicine Suicide methods Drugs
FBI reaching out to high schools to combat drug problem
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The FBI is reaching out to high school students in Kentucky as part of the strategy to combat the state's illegal drug scourge. FBI officials said Thursday they hope to visit Kentucky high schools to show a 45-minute documentary film showcasing the ravages caused by heroin ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Drug addiction High school Drugs Federal Bureau of Investigation Illegal drug trade Drug abuse Addiction Missouri
Second heroin bust in as many weeks nabs six in Staten Island
Talk about bad vibrations. Six suspects tied to a Staten Island heroin ring were arrested, authorities said Tuesday.
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Man found dead on North Dakota campus died of drug overdose
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - An Oklahoma man found dead in January in a vehicle parked on the University of North Dakota campus died of a drug overdose. Police say an autopsy concluded that 19-year-old Braden Robertson, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, died from a mixture of methadone and an anxiety medicine. ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | North Dakota Death Drugs Grand Forks North Dakota University of North Dakota Forum Communications Autopsy Red River of the North
Carpentersville men arrested with 3 kilograms of heroin
Two men from northwest suburban Carpentersville were arrested Wednesday after police searched their homes and uncovered about 3 kilograms of heroin.
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New Hampshire leads effort to view overdoses as crime scenes
A New Hampshire training program that teaches police officers and prosecutors how to treat drug overdoses as crime scenes is emerging as a model for other states grappling with the opioid crisis.Outgoing Attorney General Joe Foster launched the training last summer so that officers could learn how...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | Drug overdose Lawyer Drugs Benzodiazepine overdose Drug addiction Naloxone New Hampshire Barbiturate
Letter: A worrisome plan
A worrisome planAccording to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the proposed new American Health Care Act, if passed, would shorten the life of Medicare, phase out the expansion of Medicaid and result in 24 million people who are currently insured losing their insurance. Under the proposed...
-2 points by Concord Monitor | Pharmacology Health insurance Health care Medicare Pharmaceuticals policy Drugs Medicare Part D Prescription drug
$1M bond for 2 men accused of supplying lethal drug mixture
Two men have been charged with giving a lethal mixture of drugs to an Addison man who died of a drug overdose.
1 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Drugs Drug addiction Drug overdose DuPage County Illinois Barbiturate Naloxone Drug injection Drug
Trump, Rep. Elijah Cummings spar over meeting that never happened
President Donald Trump said during a freewheeling press conference on Thursday that Rep. Elijah E. Cummings begged off a long-anticipated meeting at the White House, suggesting the Baltimore Democrat was advised such a meeting was bad politics. Cummings, the top-Democrat on the House Oversight...
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AG's Office: $238,000 in heroin seized in 2 drug busts; 3 Philly men arrested

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Pharma bro’s Harvard speech disrupted by fire alarm, protests
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A fire alarm rang out moments before indicted former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli was to speak at Harvard University, briefly delaying an appearance that also was disrupted by student protests. The former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, who was widely criticized for hiking up the price of a drug used by AIDS and...
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Woman nearly dies of heroin overdose in car with baby in backseat
A 24-year-old mom almost died of a drug overdose in a car on Staten Island as her infant son cried in the backseat, police said.
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Women found overdosed in car with baby in back seat
A woman who overdosed on heroin in Staten Island was found passed out in a running car as her 3-month-old son sat crying in the back seat, police said. Police were called to the parking lot of a pizzeria on Arthur Kill Rd. around 10 p.m. Saturday where they found Katelyn Cox, 24, slumped over...
4120 points by New York Post | Naloxone Drugs Drug overdose Arthur Kill Staten Island Hyundai Sonata
Inmates at Concord prison start fire in protest of new visitation policy
On the heels of a brief hunger strike at the state prison in Berlin this week, inmates at the Concord facility on Friday afternoon set a small fire to protest a new visitation policy  instituted at all three of New Hampshire’s prisons.Staff at the prison got the fire under control before the Concord...
420 points by Concord Monitor | Prison Criminal justice Drug addiction Corrections New Hampshire Protest Drugs Drug
Henderson police detail drug allegations against psychologist charged in wife’s murder
Boulder City psychologist Gregory “Brent” Dennis, an admitted drug abuser, regularly obtained prescription painkillers from his own patients in the months before and after his wife’s 2015 death, a police report alleges.
221 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Drug addiction Prescription drug Grand jury Addiction United States Declaration of Independence Clark County Nevada Pharmacology Drugs
Family pens brutally honest obit for man who died of heroin OD
The mother of a New Jersey man who died of a drug overdose hopes a brutally honest obituary will help “conquer the heroin epidemic” that killed her only child. Stephanie Oswald, of Hamilton, said raising addiction awareness will now be the center of her universe in the aftermath of the death of her son, Andrew...
1139 points by New York Post | Naloxone Drug overdose Benzodiazepine overdose Heroin Barbiturate Drugs Opioid Drug addiction
Police testing drug-laced lollipops from Pennsylvania school
ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Police say they're having a lab test drug-laced lollipops that were handed out by a student at a Pennsylvania charter school, causing one student to overdose.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Education Pennsylvania Constable Criminal Investigation Department Drugs University Drug overdose Chief of police
Pennsylvania county jail investigating 2 inmate overdoses
EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Officials at a western Pennsylvania county jail are investigating two inmate drug overdoses in recent days.
-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Naloxone Drug overdose Opioid Drugs Benzodiazepine overdose Barbiturate Drug addiction Heroin
Amid opioid overdoses, Ohio coroner’s office runs out of room for bodies
The bodies just keep arriving. On Thursday, only two days into February, the coroner’s office in Dayton, Ohio, had already handled 25 deaths — 18 caused by drug overdoses. In January, the office processed 145 cases in which the victims’ bodies had been destroyed by opioids.
8 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Morphine Opioid Drug addiction Drug overdose Naloxone Drugs Codeine Heroin
Mom, grandma face sentencing in teen's heroin death at hotel
The mother and grandmother of a teen who died from a heroin overdose at an Ohio hotel are scheduled to be sentenced for giving the 16-year-old the drugs that killed him. Prosecutors say the grandmother delivered the drugs that her daughter and a friend used with the teen at a hotel in suburban...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Drugs Hotel Manslaughter Drug paraphernalia Drug addiction Hotels Motel Naloxone
Schneiderman says bills would create opioid abuse loopholes
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to veto two bills that he says would roll back efforts to fight prescription opioid abuse. Schneiderman, a Democrat, expressed his concerns in a letter to Cuomo's legal counsel Tuesday. One of the bills would ...
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2 Texas A&M Sigma Nu frat members arrested on drug charges, 4 others wanted
Two members of a Texas A&M fraternity wanted on warrants have been arrested after drugs were discovered at a frat house party where a student was found unresponsive and later died at the hospital last month in College Station.
38 points by The Houston Chronicle | Illegal drug trade Fraternities and sororities Drug MDMA Clandestine chemistry Crime Drugs Cannabis
Jim Carrey responds to wrongful death lawsuit
Carrey accused by girlfriend's husband of illegally obtaining drugs she took to overdose.        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | Jury trial Coroner Pharmacology Prescription drug Jim Carrey In Living Color Drugs Pleading
FDA asks coders to create an app that matches opioid overdose victims with lifesaving rescue drug
In a bid to stanch the death toll of the nation’s epidemic of opioid drug use, the Food and Drug Administration is calling for the development of a cellphone app that could quickly bring lifesaving medication to the rescue of a person in the throes of a potentially deadly overdose. The FDA on Monday...
-1 points by Los Angeles Times | Drug addiction Food and Drug Administration Naloxone Pharmacology Prescription drug Drugs Drug abuse Opioid
Jim Carrey says suit over ex's death 'heartless'
Jim Carrey says a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the estranged husband of his ex-girlfriend is a heartless attempt to exploit him and vowed to fight the case ...
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Jim Carrey sued over girlfriend's overdose
The husband of Jim Carrey's former girlfriend has filed a lawsuit against the actor for allegedly supplying prescription drugs that contributed to her fatal overdose.
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Sick: The biggest increase in healthcare costs in 32 years
Healthcare is very much in the news, but for all the wrong reasons. On the one hand, we had Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump visiting the “Dr. Oz” show last week to reveal some tidbits about his physical condition (he’s fat). On the other, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton had a bout...
1068 points by Los Angeles Times | Medicine Health insurance Prescription drug Health economics Economics Pharmacology Health care Drugs
Jim Carrey calls lawsuit over ex's death 'heartless'
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jim Carrey says a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the estranged husband of his ex-girlfriend is a heartless attempt to exploit him and vowed the fight the case.
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Jim Carrey supplied late girlfriend with drugs, wrongful-death lawsuit claims
A wrongful-death lawsuit filed Monday claims that actor Jim Carrey supplied his late girlfriend with the powerful prescription drugs she used to commit suicide. Cathriona White, 30, was found dead in a Sherman Oaks, California, residence in September 2015. The lawsuit, filed by her husband, Mark...
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Jim Carrey sued for wrongful death of girlfriend
Carrey accused by girlfriend's husband of illegally obtaining drugs she took to overdose.         
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DEA head: Heroin crisis won't be solved just by throwing addicts in prison
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrator Chuck Rosenberg discusses the heroin and fentanyl epidemic that has claimed more than 330 lives this year in Cuyahoga County. Watch video CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says that the answer to the explosion of deaths attributed to heroin, fentanyl and other powerful opioids isn't as simple as locking the problem away in prison cells. Chuck Rosenberg, the former federal prosecutor who now heads the DEA, made the remark Monday while meeting with a small group of reporters in Cleveland, a city within a county that saw a record number of drug overdose deaths in August.   "I've been saying this ever since I was brand-new (Assistant U.S. Attorney) 25 years ago: we're not going to prosecute or enforce our way out of this mess," he said. "Prosecution is enforcement is a big part of it, but we've got to do a much better job of getting the word out about how dangerous this stuff is." Rosenberg was in Cleveland as his agency is working in tandem with the U.S. Justice Department in launching a multi-faceted effort in treating the overdose epidemic by partnering with local hospitals, rehabilitation clinics and educators to try and inform the public about cutting down on the use of prescription painkillers. Rosenberg said the agency is also urging doctors across the country to cut down on prescribing unnecessary painkillers to patients, who sometimes end up addicted to the drugs or turn to more dangerous forms of opioids, such as heroin, once their prescriptions end.  Rosenberg, appointed in March 2015 by President Barack Obama to lead the DEA, said they're urging less prescriptions and for less pills. He said they're also trying to teach parents that teenagers prescribed painkillers for sports injuries or other ailments don't necessarily have to fill the prescriptions. "You don't have to come home with with 60 pills of substance X or 30 pills of substance Y when five or 10 pills will do," Rosenberg said. "We have to be much more thoughtful and restricted in how we prescribe medication." Heroin's human toll: Akron North High quarterback died from heroin overdose The local task force is also trying to find a way around the provision in Medicaid law called the Institutions for Mental Diseases exclusion which limits federal funding to short-term in-patient service providers with more than 16 beds for people fighting heroin and other drug addictions. The in-patient services are proving more effective in treating heroin addiction than out-patient services, U.S. Attorney Carole Rendon said.  But wait times for beds can take weeks or months since providers tend to stay under the 16-bed limit to keep Medicaid funding.  "Our treatment providers need the ability to treat more people at the same time," Rendon said. "One of the things they want addressed is that exclusion, especially in the midst of this epidemic. As a community we need to figure out a way to do that; as a nation we need to be able to figure out how to do this."   Cuyahoga County recorded a record-high 52 opioid deaths in August and could surpass that total in September, Rendon said. The county is on pace for more than 500 overdose deaths in 2016 and has already surpassed the 2015 record high of 228 deaths. New drugs being cut into the heroin have contributed to the deaths, beginning several years ago with fentanyl, which is about 50 times more potent than heroin. Now, carfentanil, sedative for large animals, is being cut into heroin sold in northeast Ohio. The opioid is between 2,500 and 5,000 times more potent than heroin and has been linked to a dramatic increase in deaths in the Akron area. The drug is trickling into the Cleveland area, with the first two confirmed carfentanil deaths in Cuyahoga County coming in August. Carfentanil is so powerful, Rosenberg said, that even a small amount accidentally inhaled or absorbed through the skin by first responders could be deadly. Rosenberg said they've trained their agents on distributing the opioid overdose remedy Narcan, not so much for victims, but to treat first responders or fellow law enforcement officers who handle the drugs and are the first to arrive to the scene of an overdose death. "We've sent out an alert to all cops, all sheriffs, all first responders about the lethality of handling this or handling something that might contain fentanyl or carfentanil," Rosenberg said. Rendon said the county is dealing with another new drug trend: fentanyl-laced cocaine which resulted in 70 overdose deaths in the county this year. There were 17 cocaine-fentanyl deaths in Cuyahoga County last year, Rendon said. "So if you think you're buying cocaine and it's really a mixture of cocaine and fentanyl, the likelihood of overdose is going to increase exponentially," Rendon said. "We're seeing this crisis change and morph from painkillers, to heroin, to fentanyl to carfentanil and all of these various mixtures." Rosenberg, who went to Toledo later in the day and planned to visit Detroit on Tuesday, said the version of fentanyl sold on the streets first made its deadly mark on the country about 10 years ago. The DEA tracked the source to a single lab in Mexico and shut it down. The drug largely disappeared until several years ago, when dealers in China began making the drug available to dealers across the world via the internet. "Your return on your, I hate to call it an investment, but your investment for fentanyl is many, many times higher," Rosenberg said. "It's easier, cheaper and more plentiful." Tracking online sellers is more complicated and a decline in DEA agents is hindering investigators ability to quickly find the suppliers, Rosenberg said. U.S. dealers are also finding they make more money from users by selling the more potent form of heroin to customers seeking a more powerful high, Rosenberg said. The traffickers also save on costs from not having to grow and cultivate poppy plants that are turned into heroin. "That's why we're also focusing on the demand side," Rosenberg said. Heroin's human toll: young Cleveland mother prescribed painkillers at 16
254 points by The Plain Dealer | Morphine Heroin Opioid Drug overdose Naloxone Drug addiction Drugs Barack Obama
Bad batch of heroin suspected in recent S.I. fatal overdoses
In February, officials launched what they called the Overdose Response Initiative, to address the borough’s long-running narcotics scourge.
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