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New York Passes Series of Drug-Abuse Related Bills

Posted on September 3, 2014 in Drug Law News

New York Passes Series of Drug-Abuse Related BillsOn June 18, 2014, the New York state legislature passed a series of bills that will affect drug abuse prevention, drug abuse treatment and drug distribution penalties throughout the state.

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the state legislature had made it clear that addressing the state’s opioid abuse problem was a priority before the end of the legislative session on June 19th. Lawmakers hope that the new measures will improve access to treatment for many people with opioid addictions and also provide more tools for law enforcement when it comes to disrupting the illegal sale of prescription and street opioids. 

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FDA Rejects Approval of Powerful Moxduo

Posted on May 25, 2014 in Drug Law News

FDA Rejects Approval of Powerful MoxduoA key government panel has voted against approval of a powerful opioid prescription painkiller called Moxduo that is said to offer faster relief with fewer side effects than other painkillers on the market.

In April, the Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rejected the application for Moxduo. Moxduo is a strong opioid narcotic painkilling drug manufactured by the pharmaceutical company QRxPharma. The drug combines morphine and oxycodone, two opioid painkillers that are currently manufactured separately under a variety of names. 

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States’ Supply Chains Blamed for Increased Marijuana Potency

Posted on May 14, 2014 in Drug Law News

States’ Supply Chains Blamed for Increased Marijuana PotencyMedical marijuana is the common term for marijuana issued via prescription by a licensed physician. Although federal statutes prohibit the use of marijuana in this (or any other) context, roughly a third of all U.S. states have laws that permit doctors to prescribe the drug. In a study published in March 2014 in the International Journal of Drug Policy, researchers from two U.S. institutions sought to determine if state-level laws permitting doctors to prescribe medical marijuana have contributed to a sharp increase in marijuana potency that has occurred over the last 20-plus years.

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Billie Joe Armstrong Battles Addiction

Posted on July 14, 2013 in Drug Law News

In a tale too often told, another rock star has revealed that his stint in rehab was due to alcohol and prescription pill addiction.

Billie Joe Armstrong, who has enjoyed another round of success following his early 1990s success with punk rock group Green Day, recently revealed that he would use substances to such a degree that he would black out. He said that at times he would awaken in a strange place, unaware of how he got there.

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Will FDA Restrictions on Vicodin and Other Opioids Lower Addiction

Posted on July 6, 2013 in Drug Law News

Will FDA Restrictions on Vicodin and Other Opioids Lower AddictionToday, around 47 million Americans are taking pills made with Hydrocodone to manage some form of chronic pain. Known as opioids, these painkillers have become the focal point of a swirling debate. On one side are patients who are living with barely manageable chronic pain for whom the drugs are a godsend. On the other side are the families of those addicted to opioids, drug enforcement agencies and even the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  According to the CDC, abuse of prescription opioids is an epidemic problem in this country.

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Policymakers Urge FDA to Do Its Part in Limiting Prescriptions for Vicodin

Posted on June 29, 2013 in Drug Law News

Limiting Prescriptions for VicodinIn a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia demanded that the organization stand up for the American people and take a stronger stance against drugs containing Hydrocodone. Hydrocodone such as that found in Vicodin, is a powerful narcotic painkiller that is highly addictive. As such, it is often taken recreationally in the United States.

The letter comes on the heels of a meeting by the FDA advisory board in which members voted overwhelmingly to re-class drugs with Hydrocodone from Schedule III to Schedule II because of their high potential for misuse. While the FDA normally acts on the advice of its panels, so far the organization has remained silent.

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The Downside of Drug Courts: A Call for Change

Posted on May 3, 2013 in Drug Law News

The Downside of Drug Courts: A Call for ChangeIn the long search for solutions to the problem of chronic drug abuse, one of the most promising developments has been the creation of drug courts reserved for non-violent offenders caught possessing illegal substances. Drug courts offer substance abusers taken into custody by the police an opportunity to avoid jail time–if they agree to submit to treatment and rehabilitation. Those who have been arrested for possession of an illegal intoxicant can apply for diversion to a drug court, and, if they have no history of violent crime, have not previously been convicted of selling illegal substances, and can prove they really are suffering from an addiction, their chances of being moved into the drug court system are excellent-assuming, of course, that drug courts are available (there are about 2,600 of these alternative judicial bodies in the U.S.).

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Two U.S. Senators Push for Police Training to Help Identify Drugged Drivers

Posted on February 10, 2012 in Drug Law News

Recently, two United States Senators made a statement saying federal money from a proposed transportation funding bill should be used in order to train law enforcement officials to identify drugged drivers.

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Drug Courts a Win-Win in Many States

Posted on August 8, 2011 in Drug Law News

Plagued by denial, drug addicts are infamous for refusing to get help. But when faced with the threat of jail time, many addicts will agree to the treatment in lieu of incarceration offered by some drug courts. While some will return to drugs or alcohol, studies show that drug court programs by and large have been a win-win for all involved.

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More Bans on Spice Drug

More Bans on Spice Drug

Posted on October 8, 2010 in Drug Law News

Legislators in Baltimore County, Maryland recently banned a synthetic form of marijuana called “Spice” or “K2”. Those who are found to have sold, possessed or distributed the drug could face up to 60 days in jail, a $500 fine and will be guilty of a misdemeanor. Various cities and states across the US have already banned the substance.

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