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 to get a written prescription from a doctor — instead of one submitted orally by phone.  And refills are prohibited; patients would have to check in with their doctors to get another prescription.

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Resource on How to Talk to Teen About Marijuana

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids developed a guide for parents on how to have a difficult, but important conversation about marijuana.

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 will be easy for people under 21 to buy powdered alcohol.

North Carolina is among the states that have banned this product:

 

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

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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.