University security personnel fight opioid epidemic

University security personnel fight opioid epidemic

  • October 2017
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Responding to the nationwide opioid epidemic in the US, security personnel at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, are now required to carry a drug that can reverse the effects of an overdose. Opioid abuse has become so widespread among college students that the university now mandates the inclusion of a course about the effects of

Opioid epidemic strains child foster care system

  • October 2017
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As opioid abuse surges, the US state of West Virginia has experienced an increase of foster-care placements of children due to drug-related issues at home, and the state is having difficulty in hiring enough child welfare caseworkers to meet the increased demand. In a testimony to the Joint Committee on Children and Families on the

Agency implements new drug tests to hasten court trials

  • October 2017
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The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has implemented a new drug test to hasten court trials and place criminals in jail or into drug treatment programs. BCA is one of a handful of drug testing labs in the US to use it. The purpose of the new procedure is to clear a large backlog

Florida legislator proposes limiting opioid prescriptions

  • October 2017
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Florida State Senator, Aaron Bean, filed a bill on Monday with the Florida Legislature, which would limit patients’ initial prescriptions for opioids to a seven-day supply. The bill’s intent is to curtail the oversupply of opioids that is fuelling the opioid abuse epidemic in the US. It would permit physicians to prescribe a 30-day renewal

Australia proposes exempting self-driving cars from DUI laws

  • October 2017
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The Australian National Transport Commission (NTC) has recommended that people operating fully self-driving vehicles should not be subject to laws making it illegal to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The report is in response to NTC’s 2016 directive to change transportations laws, allowing Australians the benefits of using self-driving cars. The

Quick test to detect amphetamine use under development

  • October 2017
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Scientists in South Korea have announced the development of a portable device that can rapidly detect the presence of amphetamines in urine. The prototype test device pairs a wireless sensor with a smartphone app. The developers said that the device can detect the presence of amphetamines in a drop of urine in a few seconds.

Prescription drug abuse causes 71% of Australian drug-related deaths

  • September 2017
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According to a report by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the country experienced the highest drug-related death rate in the past 20 years, with 71% of the 1,808 deaths attributable to accidental overdoses of prescription drugs. Benzodiazepines, used to treat anxiety, were responsible for 37% of drug-related deaths, and prescription painkillers, including morphine and

30-second fingerprint test could reveal drug use

  • September 2017
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Researchers at the University of Surrey and the Netherlands Forensic Institute have developed a method of using fingerprints to determine whether a person has used cocaine. The research is the first large-scale investigation of cocaine users and could bring a breakthrough in detecting the use of Class A drugs. The researchers used a process called

Binge drinking damages employment chances for US college graduates

  • September 2017
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According to research by the universities of Cornel and Tel Aviv, college students who drink heavily six times a month reduce their probability of being hired after graduation by 10%. Students who drank heavily four times a month saw their probability of employment reduced by 6%. The research also found that every episode of binge

Can VR help prevent teen alcohol and drug abuse?

  • September 2017
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Researchers from Griffith University in Queensland, Australia believe that a virtual reality (VR) house party app called Blurred Minds: Perfect Pour can help prevent teens from abusing drugs and alcohol. The research team describes the app as an ‘innovative gamified alcohol education program.’ The app lets users enter a VR house party where illegal drugs

Americans hoarding large amount of opioids

  • September 2017
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According to a recent study by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, about 92% of patients taking prescription painkillers do not finish using them. Less than 10% dispose of their excess medications properly, either by returning them to pharmacies, hospitals, or other designated return locations. Mark Bicket, a pain-management specialist at Johns Hopkins, and

Alcohol factor in over half of Cork male suicides

  • September 2017
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According to Prof. Ella Arensman, Director of Research with the National Suicide Research Foundation (NSRF), approximately 85% of men in Cork, Ireland, over the age of 40 who committed suicide since 2008, had a history of abusing alcohol. During the same period, about 55% of men under 40, including teenagers, who took their own lives,

Top health official proposes regulations to fight opioid abuse

  • September 2017
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The Arizona Department of Health Services director proposes to limit the number of pills containing opioids that physicians can prescribe to patients, to make it illegal to issue paper prescriptions for opiates and for doctors to give patients the drugs directly. Dr Cara Christ also wants bottles containing opioids to have a red cap, reinforcing

US overdose deaths from synthetic opioids increased in 2016

  • September 2017
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New data, released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC), shows that 64,070 people died from drug overdoses in the US last year – an increase of 21% over the 52,898 deaths in 2015. The number of deaths from drug overdoses is almost twice as high as those from motor vehicles and

Bhutan to require mandatory drug testing for government employees

  • August 2017
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In support of Bhutan’s effort to discourage drug use and keep the civil service drug free, the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) has announced that all current government employees and applicants for government jobs will undergo mandatory drug testing from 1 January 2018. The announcement stated that the drug testing system supplements the requirement that

Unfilled jobs cause some employers to waive drug testing

  • August 2017
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One of the consequences of the opioid epidemic in the US is the difficulty many employers have in finding people to hire who can pass a drug test. Employers in the northern area of the US state of Indiana, where several manufacturers are located, are facing this problem, with the result that many are relaxing

Most opioid abusers do not stop even after overdosing

  • August 2017
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You might think that one good consequence of a drug overdose would be to scare the drug user into stopping. A new study, by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, found that it is not usually the case. The study found that there was a 10% decrease in filling prescriptions for opiates

Australian doctors say welfare recipients drug testing not effective

  • August 2017
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The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) has urged the Federal Government to abandon plans to test welfare recipients for illegal drug use. The RACP claims that the proposed drug testing program would not be effective and would place undue stress on welfare recipients and their families. The Government proposes a pilot program requiring about

US teen drug deaths increase after years of decline

  • August 2017
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A new report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found a rise in teen deaths from drug overdose after years of decline. The decreased teen deaths was a rare positive sign in the opioid epidemic, which has recorded a surge in adult overdose deaths each year due to abusing prescription painkillers,

Alabama residents walk to fight drug addiction

  • August 2017
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About 120 residents of Alabaster, Alabama, joined in the first Heroin Overdose Prescription Elimination (HOPE) Walk at Veterans Park, to increase awareness of the growing drug abuse and addiction problem. Bradford Health Services, a local addiction treatment centre, and the Shelby County Drug Free Coalition co-sponsored the event. “Any time that you can speak on

US high school wants drug testing for parking permits

  • August 2017
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High school students in Bixby, Oklahoma will soon face mandatory drug testing before they can get a permit to park on school property. School officials say that using drugs and alcohol reduces students’ ability to drive safely as they park their cars and that requiring drug testing as part of the parking permit application will

Philippines approves mandatory drug testing for college admission

  • August 2017
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The Philippines have approved higher education institutions (HEIs) to implement mandatory drug testing of college applicants and students. Each HEI must first meet with students to discuss a proposed drug-testing program and receive approval from its board of trustees, directors, and regents before implementing the program. Patricia Licuanan, the chairperson of the Commission on Higher

Australian alcohol abuse greater problem than meth addiction

  • August 2017
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Australia’s top medical body has criticised the drug policy adopted by the Federal Government, claiming the emphasis on combating methamphetamine abuse is unwise, and that alcohol abuse is a greater problem. The Government’s recently released 10-year National Drug Strategy, names curtailing of meth abuse as its priority. Dr Michael Gannon, president of the Australian Medical

Bill to test drug use in unemployment insurance applicants

  • August 2017
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Georgia Congressman, Earl “Buddy” Carter, recently submitted a bill that would authorise states to use drug testing to determine whether an applicant is eligible to receive unemployment insurance benefits. The proposed Ensuring Quality in the Unemployment Insurance Program (EQUIP) Act would require states to assess all unemployment insurance applicants for drug abuse risk. “The Unemployment

Arkansas website aimed at combatting student prescription drug abuse

  • July 2017
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The US state of Arkansas has initiated an online education program called Prescription for Life (PfL). Their website will be free to high school students in Arkansas at the beginning of this school year to educate them about the harmful effects of prescription drugs abuse and what they can do prevent it. PfL’s website uses

Failed drug tests limit Ohio companies in hiring workers

  • July 2017
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Manufacturing companies in the US state of Ohio are having difficulty filling job openings due to many applicants failing drug tests. Local workers have the skills for the jobs paying $15 (£11.50) to $25 (£19.20) per hour and offer full a benefits package. But in some cases, almost half the applicants fail drug tests. The

New US website targets gateway drug abuse in colleges

  • July 2017
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The US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has created a new site (campusdrugprevention.gov) to diminish illegal drug use on college campuses and prevent addiction later in life. “This is the latest effort to target drug abuse on college campuses,” said DEA spokesperson, Katherine Pfaff. “Prevention is a huge part of the issue, and so we want

Drug testing can detect second-hand marijuana smoke

  • July 2017
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Smoking marijuana has become legal in more US states and smoking it in public more common. Increased public use has led to people wondering about the impact of second-hand marijuana smoke. Popular culture has joked for years about people getting a ‘contact high’ from second-hand marijuana smoke. Several scientific studies on this assumption show that

Pennsylvania implements drug disposal pouch program

  • July 2017
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The US state of Pennsylvania plans to distribute 300,000 pouches for drug disposal in the 12 counties most affected by the upsurge in opioid use. The state’s attorney general, Josh Shapiro, announced that beginning on 1 August, everyone filling prescriptions for Schedule II narcotics, including Oxycodone, Fentanyl, and Percocet, at participating pharmacies would have the

Russia approves new anti-doping measures

  • July 2017
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In an attempt to rehabilitate Russia’s reputation after many scandals involving performance-enhancing drugs, the government has implemented a plan to take back government grants and prize money from athletes who fail drug tests after competing in their events. In the past, several Russian athletes have kept large amounts of prize money even after found guilty

South Africa has world’s highest drunk driving incidence

  • July 2017
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An international survey of drunk driving found that South Africa had the highest incidence in the world, at 58%. Canada ranked second at 34%, while China ranked last, at 4%. The South African Police Service (SAPS), in conjunction with other state and local authorities, is making a strong effort to reduce this rate – a

UK hay fever sufferers risk failing roadside drug tests

  • July 2017
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The NHS estimates that 10 million Britons suffer from hay fever, with many using medication to relieve runny noses and itchy eyes. But, pharmacists say that drivers taking excessive doses of over-the-counter remedies could find themselves in legal trouble by failing on-the-spot roadside drug tests. Motorists found exceeding the drug-driving limit due to taking a

Grandparents receive preference in child custody/substance abuse cases

  • June 2017
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Under a new law in the US state of New Hampshire, grandparents will receive preference in child custody cases that involve alcohol or drug abuse. This law is the first of its type in the US. The law will become effective on 1 January 2018. It gives legal preference to grandparents seeking guardianship or custody

US mentally ill patients receive 50% of opioid prescriptions

  • June 2017
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According to a study in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, adults with mental illness receive 50% of the 115 million prescriptions for opioids in the US each year. The study results prompted the researchers to say that making improvements in pain management techniques for people with mental health issues is vital

PGA Tour strengthens drug-testing policy

  • June 2017
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The PGA Tour announced it is strengthening its drug-testing policy, to include blood, as well as urine-testing. The policy is effective from the start of the PGA Tour’s 2017-18 season, in October. The tour plans to increase the substances it bans, conforming to the requirements of the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA). The PGA is adding

Opioid abuse by US youth increases by 600%

  • June 2017
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According to a study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, opioid addiction among US youth aged 25 and below, increased by almost 600% from 2001 to 2014. But, only a small number of those addicts received medical treatment that could prevent overdosing or relapsing. Only approximately 27% of the young Americans treated for addiction to

Oklahoma drunk driving offenders required to install ignition interlock

  • June 2017
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The US state of Oklahoma is implementing stricter measures to combat drunk driving. Governor, Mary Fallin, signed a bill into law mandating that all first-time drunk driving offenders place an ignition interlock in their car. Supporters think the new law, effective from 1 November, will reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road. An

Uninsured in the US likelier to abuse prescription drugs

  • June 2017
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Drug overdose deaths in the US are increasing due to the crisis in opioid addiction. Opioids are a group of drugs that include Vicodin, OxyContin, fentanyl, and heroin. A recent analysis by the New York Times found that more than 59,000 people in the US died from drug overdose in 2016 – a 19% increase

Wisconsin requests approval to test Medicaid applicants drug use

  • June 2017
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Wisconsin has requested the US government to allow it to be the first state to test Medicaid applicants for drug use. Medicaid is a health care program for low-income families and individuals, funded by the US government and administered by individual states, which can tailor its coverage. In a press release, Governor Scott Walker praised

New Jersey drivers could lose licence by drunken boating

  • June 2017
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Residents of the US state of New Jersey could lose their license to drive an automobile if convicted of operating a boat while drunk. Between six and 20 arrests are made in New Jersey each year for operating a boat while impaired by alcohol, said Sgt Christopher Jones of the New Jersey State Police Marine

Drugged driving more common than drunk driving in US

  • June 2017
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A man riding his bicycle on a rural road in the state of Ohio died after being struck by a car. The cyclist was familiar with the route he was travelling and was not at fault in the accident. According to police officials, the cyclist was the victim of a drugged driver. This fatality is

Australian health advocates want alcohol advertising ban near schools

  • May 2017
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Health advocates recommend banning alcohol advertising near schools in Victoria, the nation’s most densely-populated and second most populous state. Cancer Council Victoria warns that student exposure to alcohol advertising can lead to binge drinking. Cancer Council Victoria surveyed 4,400 Victorian students aged 12 – 17. Results showed that students exposed to alcohol advertising were 1.5

Two US Catholic high schools propose mandatory drug testing

  • May 2017
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Two Catholic high schools in Dayton, Ohio plan to begin testing all students for drug use in response to the growing opiate epidemic in the country. According to school administrators, both Carroll High School and Chaminade Julienne High School are adopting the mandatory drug testing as a component of a wider program addressing health and

Music festival organiser proposes testing drugs before attendees use them

  • May 2017
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One of the UK’s largest music festival organisers has plans to allow festivalgoers to test their drugs at the site before they use them. This unconventional scheme is designed to reduce drug-related deaths. Festival Republic Head Melvin Benn is looking for support from the West Yorkshire police and the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) before