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Drug News: September 9, 2008

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.

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 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.

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.

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 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-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 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.

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.

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.

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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