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    DEA Schedule Changes for Opioids

    Prescription medication abuse has become an issue of great concern.  The DEA moved hydrocodone combination pills, also known as opioids, from a Schedule III to a Schedule II drug.  The final ruling goes into effect in 45 days. Drugs are categorized into one of five “schedules” by the DEA based on “whether they have a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, their relative abuse potential and their likelihood of causing dependence when abused.”  Other drugs, such as Adderall and morphine, are also labeled as Schedule II. Now, in order to use these drugs, patients will have…

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    Majority of Adults Support Bans on Powered Alcohol

    Powdered alcohol is a new product approved for sale in the United States in March 2015.  A packet of powdered alcohol, when combined with 6 ounces of water, makes a single serving of an alcoholic drink.  Many states acted quickly to ban this product. In May 2015, researchers asked adults across the U.S. for their attitudes about potential laws regarding powdered alcohol.  Here’s what they found: 90% of adults are concerned that powdered alcohol will be misused by people under 21 85% are concerned that powdered alcohol will increase use of alcohol for people under 21 81% are concerned that it…

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    Prevention is the Answer VIII: 2015 Emerging Issues Forum | August 11, 2015

    Join prevention professionals from across the state during this year’s networking forum to learn more about changing trends, policies, and practices that affect agencies and professionals, as well as communities served. Tuesday, August 11, 2015 9:30am to 4:30pm First United Methodist Church 1630 Westbrook Avenue Elon, NC 27244 Click HERE to register

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    Increasing Overdoses From Synthetic Cannabinoids

    Recent surges in hospitalizations linked to consumption of synthetic cannabinoid products (sold under brand names like “Spice,” “K2,” and others) have been reported in some southern states, including Missippi, Alabama, and Texas, and have prompted health warnings from officials in New York State.  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an alert after more than 160 patients were hospitalized following synthetic cannabinoid use in under two weeks in mid April, 2015.

  • Palcohol Gets the Green Light

    The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved a new product Wednesday called Palcohol.  It’s a dried form of alcohol that can be mixed with water to create liquid alcohol.  Concerns over safety have already led several states, including South Carolina, Louisiana and Vermont, to ban powdered alcohol and other states are considering legislation, KPNX-TV in Phoenix reported. Some critics are concerned people may try to snort the powder or mix it with alcohol to make it even stronger or spike a drink. Click HERE for more on this story.

News From The Field

Underage Drinking Pilot Program Launched at Six NC Universities

Feb 11, 2015

As a pilot program, the University of North Carolina System will work alongside the state’s Alcohol Beverage Control Commission, Alcohol Law Enforcement Division, and the Department of Health and Human Services, to combat underage drinking and illegal drug use on college campuses.  In most cases, state citations will now be issued to students, taking traditional on-campus measures a step further.  Depending on the situation, a student could be required to attend court, or enter a treatment or prevention program offered by the university. Aldona Wos, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, said in a statement…

Connection Between Early Age of First Drink and Heavy Drinking

Sep 29, 2014

“Our research suggests that teenagers who have their first drink at an early age drink more heavily, on average, than those who start drinking later on,” said Meghan E. Morean, assistant professor of psychology at Oberlin College, Ohio and adjunct assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine.  “Our work also suggests that how quickly teenagers move from having their first drink to getting drunk for the first time is an important piece of the puzzle.  In total, having your first drink at a young age and quickly moving to drinking to the point of getting drunk are associated…

Report reveals the scope of substance use and mental illness affecting the nation

Sep 15, 2014

A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides insight into the nature and scope of substance use and mental illness issues affecting America.  The report shows that 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or older were current (past month) illicit drug users – 9.4 percent of this age group.  Marijuana was by far the most commonly used illicit drug, with nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers as a close second. The SAMHSA report also shows that 34.6 million adults aged 18 or older (14.6 percent of the population aged 18 or older) received mental health…