Stimulant-related emergency department visits rise 300 percent among younger adults

A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that some drug- related emergency department visits increased by 300 percent — from 5,605 visits in 2005 to 22,949 visits in 2011.  These visits, made by adults aged 18 to 34, were related to the nonmedical use of central nervous system (CNS) stimulants.  On average, about 30 percent of these visits also involved alcohol. CNS stimulants featured in this report include prescription drugs, such as those used to treat attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder; other prescription medications, such as benzphetamine and modafinil; and over-the- counter products containing stimulants.  Illicit stimulants,…

Hearing about “Molly” in Your Community?

According to CNN, Molly has been a popular drug at music festivals this year.  According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, molly is the powder or crystal form of MDMA — or 3, 4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine, a chemical drug most commonly known for its use in the pressed pill Ecstasy. You may just be hearing about “Molly”, but she’s been around for a few years and is growing in popularity amoung youth and POP/Hip Hop music culture.

FDA Approves New Drug for Opiod Addiction

  Pharmaceutical company proposes treating prescription drug addiction with another prescription drug, and has the green light from the FDA to begin selling the pill solution in the U.S. to combat opioid addition. According to Reuters, the drug Zubsolv is designed to treat addiction to prescription opioids like codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl and methadone (which is ironically the prescription solution for heroin addiction).  Together, these drugs are responsible for about 75 percent of prescription drug overdoses each year. Click here for full story…

U.S. High School Students Report Top Reasons for Misusing Prescription Drugs

Nearly one-fourth (24%) of U.S. high school students reported using prescription drugs without a prescription in order to get high or change their mood, according to data from a recently released survey. Of these students, nearly one in five (18%) reported that the main reason they last misused a prescription drug was to help them relax, 16% reported it was to have fun, and 14% reported it was “because being high feels good.” Check out the latest report…

NC Voices for Prevention Heard on Capital Hill

On February 6th, a North Carolina delegation again descended upon Washington, D.C. to participate in CADCA’s Capital Hill Day.  Meetings were held with Senator Burr’s staff, Senator Hagan’s staff and U.S. Representative Mark Meadows (District 11). Our goal was simple – to ensure our elected representatives heard our voices as One Voice for Prevention.   We had well over two dozen people to pack into a conference room and talk substance abuse prevention with Senator Hagan’s Staff.  Shortly thereafter, another large group met with Senator Burr’s Staff.  The information was well received during both visits with the Senator’s representative assuring…