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Drug use among older persons a ‘hidden epidemic’, narcotics experts warn

(UN News, March 25) Worldwide, drug use among adults over 65 has increased in recently, according to a report from the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).   

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Younger Age of Initiation to Marijuana Use Linked with Higher Rates of Disorder in NIH Study

(Addiction Professional, March 30) The younger someone starts using marijuana, the more likely they are to develop a substance use disorder, according to a recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics. 

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Alert – DEA warns of increasing extortion scam calls

Criminals, posing as DEA employees, are calling people across the country threatening them if they don't pay a fine.

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Mobile app helps young adults talk with friends about risky drug, alcohol use

(University of Illinois, March 3) A new smartphone app aims to teach young people how to talk to their friends if they suspect they have a problem with drug use.

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Study Links Drinking, Smoking, Drug Use With Premature Heart Disease in Youth

(Pharmacy Times, February 23) A recent study linked drinking, smoking and substance misuse to premature heart disease in young people. 

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Vaping marijuana linked to lung injury in teens, study says

(CNN, March 3) According to a recent study, teens experience “wheezing or whistling” in the chest more often after vaping marijuana than after using e-cigarettes or regular cigarettes. 

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U.S. traffic deaths spike despite pandemic — and these states had the highest increase

(CBS News, March 4) Though fewer Americans were on the road last year due to the nationwide pandemic, there was an 8% increase in deadly car crashes that year compared to 2019, according to a recently released report from the National Safety Council. 

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University of Miami, North Dakota State College of Science Win Campus Video PSA Contest 

The winners of the Red Ribbon Week Campus Video PSA Contest have been announced!  For the first time in the contest’s history, two schools were awarded the top prize.  

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With Pot Rules Relaxed, More U.S. Teens Driving While High: Study

(HealthDay News, December 30) About 50% of U.S. teens who use marijuana on a regular basis admit to driving while high, according to a new study published in JAMA Network Open. 

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FYI: Here Are a Few Upcoming Updates to State Drug Laws

As a result of the November elections, major changes to state drug laws could be on the way.