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Research Shows Community-Based Prevention Programs Work

Posted on July 17, 2013 in Research & News

Research Shows Community-Based Prevention Programs WorkDo prevention programs really work? While some believe that keeping kids off drugs should be the responsibility of the parents, others believe community-based programs carry value. With research just released in the American Journal of Public Health, they just might be right.

According to a Medical News Today report, middle school students who are also recipients of  a community-based program for prevention are less likely to abuse prescription-based medications as older teens and young adults.

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The Power of Hollywood in Fighting Addiction

Posted on October 24, 2012 in Addiction in the Media

Hollywood has long been blamed for glorifying addiction in the portrayal its films. A lot of Americans look up to actors and actresses as role models – good or bad. And, actors have the power to personify cocaine as sexy, smoking as tough, and drinking as a means to greater popularity. However, Primary Purpose Productions, a non-profit organization, is leveraging the power of film for a good.

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Drug Monitoring Programs Needed to Decrease Prescription Opioid Dangers

Posted on June 24, 2012 in Prescription Drug Addiction

According to a recent article, the use of opioid prescriptions has increased by four times since the mid 1990s. At the same time, many who have used drugs of this kind for recreation have also become addicted to them and the overdose death rates have shot up.

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Stopping Doctor Shopping to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse

Posted on June 21, 2012 in Prescription Drug Addiction

While most everyone is aware that there is an epidemic of prescription drug abuse, there is less agreement about how to stop it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that overdose deaths from prescription drugs topped 15,000 in 2008. That figure tripled the number of such deaths in 1999 and probably vastly underrates the numbers for 2011 (figures which are not yet available). We do know that over 12 million Americans were abusing these drugs in 2010 and more are probably doing so in 2012. Something must be done.

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Supervisor Training Could Prevent Substance Use by Employees

Posted on April 6, 2012 in Research & News

Many companies screen for drug use when an employee is hired. However, even random drug testing by employers is not a deterrent to employees in their drug use. In some companies, the likelihood of being tested is not high enough to discourage substance use. In other cases, the employee may believe that the supervisor is lenient.

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Tennessee Seeing Success in Using Prescription Database Tool to Fight Prescription Drug Addiction

Posted on December 2, 2010 in Prescription Drug Addiction

Each state is considering its own measures to stop illegal prescription drug abuse. In Tennessee, however, significantly increased usage of a national prescription database tool means it may not be as easy as it used to be to get prescription drugs – especially hydrocodone.

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DEA Announces National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Posted on September 1, 2010 in Prescription Drug Addiction

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has teamed up with state and local law enforcement, government, public health, and community organizations to establish the first National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. On Saturday, September 25, 2010, Americans across the country will be able to return unused, unwanted, and expired prescription medications at several participating locations in their communities in an effort to prevent prescription drug diversion and abuse. Between 10:00am to 2:00pm, anyone from the community can anonymously return any unused prescription pills to authorities for free.

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WHO’s Plan to Help Curb Alcohol Abuse

Posted on May 21, 2010 in Alcohol Addiction

The World Health Organization (WHO) endorsed a strategy on Thursday in an effort to help curb alcohol abuse, which includes getting tougher with companies that market alcohol on social media sites like Facebook. The strategy would also raise alcohol taxes and impose minimum pricing for alcoholic beverages.

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Shift in National Drug Policy Announced

Posted on May 11, 2010 in Research & News

Four decades after President Richard Nixon declared a "war on drugs," the White House on Tuesday announced a shift in national drug policy that would treat illegal drug use more as a public health issue and plunge more resources into prevention and treatment.

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Lifelike Anti-Drunk-Driving Ads Get Message Across in Annapolis

Posted on March 6, 2010 in Research & News

At the Acme Bar and Grill in downtown Annapolis, MD, women making a trip to the restroom are greeted by a life-sized image of a drunken woman slumped on the ground, a beer can in one hand. Men are met by a tattooed man sprawled out over a stall, just as he is about to vomit. These cutout images help remind customers not to drive and drive, and they refer them to a website:  www.duiis4losers.com.

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