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COVID-19: Potential Implications for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders

(National Institute on Drug Abuse) As people across the U.S. and the rest of the world contend with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the research community should be alert to the possibility that it could hit some populations with substance use disorders (SUDs) particularly hard.

Marijuana use is rising sharply among seniors over 65, study says, and there are serious risks

(CNN, February 24) The number of people over 65 smoking marijuana or using edibles doubled between 2015 and 2018, according to a recent study.

American teens are delaying first use of drugs, including tobacco and alcohol, study finds

(Minn Post, March 3) Fewer U.S. teens are doing drugs before they turn 16 years old, according to a recently published study.

Alert: DEA warns of increasing extortion scam calls

Reminder: DEA employees do not contact practitioners or members of the public by telephone to demand money or any other form of payment. 

Opioid Resources for the Workplace

Across the United States, 75% of employers report negative impacts in the workplace due to opioid misuse. In response to this epidemic, the DEA along with Discovery Education, recently launched online educational resources to help employers and employees dealing with this issue.

Don't trust your memories if you're high on weed, study says

(CNN, February 10) Taking just one puff of marijuana could increase your chances of creating “false memories,” according to a new study.

Scientists discovered a weed compound that may be 30 times more powerful than THC

(CNN, February 3) Scientists in Italy have discovered a powerful new compound in weed.

DEA releases 2019 National Drug Threat Assessment

​WASHINGTON – DEA Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon today announced the publication of the 2019 National Drug Threat Assessment.

Fatal Drug Overdoses Down Overall

For the first time in decades almost 30 years, drug overdose deaths declined in the U.S., according to the latest numbers from the National Center for Health Statistics.  

Among America’s Oldest, Opioid Overdoses Are On the Rise

(City Limits, January 22) In the United States, drugs overdoses in adults between the ages of 55-64 years old have skyrocketed since 1999, according to data from the Center for Disease Control.