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Policy and Regulation

Senator Charles Schumer is taking the abuse of stimulants such as Adderall on American college campuses seriously, and he wants the public to take it seriously as well. The senator has publicly renounced the practice of abusing prescription medication to increase concentration and awareness. Said Sen. Schumer: “There are better ways to pull an all-nighter […]

Central America continues to be the major center for cocaine, heroin, and marijuana production and exportation. Massive organized crime unions (drug cartels) form alliances and create territories with specific trade routes for the exportation of illegal drugs, many of which end up in the United States. Drug cartels make millions of dollars a year and […]

Three researchers are protesting the current laws on psychoactive drugs such as marijuana and “magic” mushrooms. These three researchers – David Nutt and Leslie King from Imperial College, London, and David Nichols from the University of North Carolina – believe that the current laws are akin to scientific censorship and say that the unfortunate consequence […]

Senator Chuck Schumer of New York is asking that the colleges in the state become much more vigilant about restricting attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drugs on campus. ADHD drugs are currently being used recreationally by students to heighten focus and awareness while studying. The health consequences of using an ADHD drug when one does […]

I-STOP database is a central reporting system recently installed in New York that allows doctors, pharmacists, and other treatment providers to see a patient’s prescription history in real time. What is the benefit of this new database over the old system? Formerly, New York had a statewide database that only required pharmacists to report prescription […]

Naloxone, a drug that has been traditionally used by emergency medical professionals to treat individuals who have overdosed on opiates, is now available by prescription in the state of Kentucky. Public health activists who support the signing of the bill that allows for naloxone, also known as Narcan, to be distributed by pharmacists hope that […]

This spring, bills were advanced in Texas and Kansas that would benefit all taxpayers by seeking to ensure that welfare would be used for its original purpose: to temporarily assist those in a time of financial crisis. Money is finite, and the bills advancing this spring reinforce the new political climate of fiscal responsibility. The […]

Teamwork between parents and lawmakers is imperative to successful prevention of child and teen misuse and potential overdose on cough medicine. If parents and lawmakers are able to create a team effort to combat the dangerous trend of abusing cough medicine, many unnecessary deaths can be prevented and lives can be saved from the effects […]

According to the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) at the United Nations, any legalization of recreational use of marijuana is in direct contradiction of international law, says Reuters. Raymond Yans is the INCB president. He recently addressed the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes in Washington and Colorado when speaking in front of the UN […]

Databases designed to help medical professionals identify patients who are abusing the system to get duplicate prescriptions for addictive substances may also be used to identify doctors who are overprescribing narcotic drugs. It’s something that California legislators are pushing to turn into a law for doctors in the state, according to the Los Angeles Times. […]