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Drug News: November 20, 2014

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Illegal prescription drug use can push kids towards heroin – WIFT

Heroin use has been on the rise across the midstate and the problem is getting the bulk of attention. Many experts do consider heroin one of the most addictive drugs on the street. But prescription drug use is far higher among high school students.

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New grant targets East Tennessee prescription drug abuse – WCYB

“We’re seeing a rise in stimulant use, particularly in college students, not only in prescribed stimulants, but also in the numbers of college students that are using medications that are not prescribed to them,”

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DEA meets with 49ers doctors as Drug Enforcement Administration investigates potential violations of controlled substance act – New York Daily News

Federal drug agents, hoping to determine if San Francisco 49ers doctors, nurse practitioners and trainers are complying with federal law regulating the distribution of painkillers and other medications, questioned members of the team’s medical staff at MetLife Stadium after the franchise’s 16-10 victory over the Giants on Sunday.

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State aims to curb ‘doctor shopping’ and prescription drug abuse – Steamboat Pilot & Today

Providers and pharmacies are logged into the Colorado Prescription Drug Monitoring Program database, which allows them to search for a patient to see whether that patient recently has had similar prescriptions filled elsewhere before filling a new prescription. “It can tell you where they’ve been,” Johnson said. “It’s helpful, but it has its holes — it’s not always 100 percent accurate.”

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Vast majority of Americans who drink excessively are not alcoholics, new CDC study shows – Washington Post

Nine out of 10 excessive drinkers are actually not dependent on alcohol, revealed findings within a study released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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Investigation reveals more hazing, alcohol abuse by Ohio State marching band – Columbus Dispatch

Ohio State University failed for decades to rein in its marching band and eliminate widespread alcohol abuse and sexual harassment. “Traditions and behaviors which have long outlived legal, university and society approval have been permitted to thrive in an organization that has, for decades, been removed from appropriate university oversight.”

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Predicting Teen Alcohol Abuse Before Their First Drink: Clues Found in Brain’s Connections – Medical Daily

Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine collaborated with neuroscientists at Georgetown University Medical Center to determine if they could predict alcohol abuse in teens before they even have their first sip.

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