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    Greenville Considers Alcohol Policy in Parks

    With the exception of the Bradford Creek golf course, alcohol is prohibited at parks across Greenville, NC.
    A potential policy change, brought up at the City Council’s August meeting, would allow people to sell and drink alcohol in designated locations.  And only for specific events.
    So far the Greenville City Council unanimously approved postponing a decision on [...]

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    Burlington Working on Prescription Drugs Abuse

    As prescription drug abuse continues to grow in North Carolina and across the country, one local police department is opening permanent drop boxes to help people get rid of unwanted medicine.
    Jennifer Kaffenberger has made it her mission to educate people about the dangers of taking other peoples’ medicine.
    In 2011, her son, Harry Cohen, was the [...]

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    Chapel Hill Bars Working to Improve Alcohol Law Compliance

    The North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement, a branch of the State Bureau of Investigation, will hold a Be A Responsible Seller, or BARS, training event for local Alcoholic Beverage Control-licensed businesses August 28th, 2014.   The event will be hosted by the Chapel Hill Police Department.
    The program is free for ABC-licensed businesses.  Law enforcement officers [...]

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    DEA Placement of Tramadol Into Schedule IV

    Tramadol is an opioid analgesic and is most commonly abused by those addicted to narcotics, chronic pain patients, and health professionals.  Tramadol was approved for marketing in the United States as a noncontrolled analgesic in 1995 under the trade name of Ultram®.  Until recently, it had remained an uncontrolled substance.  Starting August 18, 2014, tramadol [...]

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    CADCA Launches Prevent Rx Abuse Online Toolkit

    CADCA’s Online Rx Abuse Prevention Toolkit contains facts, strategies and tools to prevent and reduce teen Rx medicine abuse in your community.  This newly revised toolkit is based on CADCA’s Seven Strategies for Effective Community Change.  Incorporating these strategies will help you formulate, modify and implement your prevention and intervention strategies.
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News From The Field

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 [...]

Consequences of Teen Alcohol, Marijuana Use Studied

Sep 12, 2014

Now a new study asked high school seniors to indicate whether they experienced various adverse psychosocial outcomes resulting from use of each substance. 
The most alarming finding was that alcohol use was highly associated with unsafe driving, especially among frequent drinkers,” said Dr. Palamar, , PhD, MPH, a CDUHR affiliated researcher and an assistant professor of Population [...]

Cannabis Withdrawal Symptoms in Teens

Sep 9, 2014

Although cannabis — commonly known as marijuana — is broadly believed to be nonaddictive, a study has found that 40% of cannabis-using adolescents receiving outpatient treatment for substance use disorder reported experiencing symptoms of withdrawal, which are considered a hallmark of drug dependence.
 The current study enrolled 127 adolescents between ages 14 and 19 being treated [...]