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Drug News: September 9, 2008

PRESCRIPTION – USA
Prescription meds … new illegal drug of choice – The Wetumpka Herald

The local area isn’t immune to the latest trend in illicit drug use. Abuse of prescription medications is a growing problem, according to members of the Wetumpka Police Department.

METH – USA
Tennessee Meth Task Force Adopts Mobile Narcotics Detection Solution – Government Technology

The Tennessee Meth Task Force has purchased three narcotics and explosives detection systems from GE Security to provide its methamphetamine incident response specialists near-instant narcotics detection and identification in the field.

ALCOHOL – USA
Alcohol and those under 21 don’t mix – Chicago Tribune

A 2005 Harvard University study found that binge drinking on college campuses is one-third lower in states where tough laws target high-volume sales. The researchers said states concerned about underage drinking should toughen laws and their enforcement, not ease up.

ALCOHOL – USA
S.D. among states with fewer alcohol-related fatalities – KCAU TV News

Nationally, nearly 13,000 people were killed in crashes in which the driver had a blood alcohol content at or above the legal limit of 0.08. That’s down nearly 4% from 2006.

ALCOHOL – USA
President: OWU encourages responsible alcohol use – Delaware News

College presidents from across the country are signing on to support the Amethyst Initiative, a national movement that questions alcohol legislation including whether the drinking age should be lowered.

ALCOHOL – USA
Alcohol deaths common among American Indians – Reuters

Alcohol-related causes such as liver disease and car crashes account for nearly 12 percent of American Indian and Alaska Native deaths, 3-1/2 times the figure for the overall population, officials said on Thursday.
ALCOHOL – USA
Alcohol-related driving fatalities drop in Texas – Business Journal

Alcohol-impaired driving was responsible for 38.4 percent of the 1,292 motor vehicle fatalities in Texas last year ranking the state fifth in the nation.

COCAINE – UK
Cocaine deaths reach highest level since records began – Telegraph

More people died after taking cocaine last year than in any year since records began, many of them middle-aged men.

COCAINE – AUSTRALIA
More women turning to drugs as cocaine use grows – The Daily Telegraph

NSW has the highest number of cocaine users in the country and young women and girls are taking more drugs than their male peers, according to a new survey to be released today.

ALCOHOL – USA
Study: 12 percent of Indian deaths due to alcohol – San Francisco Gate

Almost 12 percent of the deaths among American Indians and Alaska Natives are alcohol-related — more than three times the percentage in the general population, a new federal report says.

DRUGS – UK
Male drug poisoning deaths highest in five years – Office for National Statistics

Male deaths from drug poisonings are at their highest level for five years, according to new data released today from the Office of National Statistics.

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