Maryland and Missouri Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Maryland and Missouri Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Last week, three ballot initiatives were defeated that would have commercialized recreational marijuana in Arkansas, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Alternatively, voters in Missouri and Maryland voted to commercialize recreational marijuana. 21 U.S. states and District of Columbia now allow for the recreational use of marijuana.Learn more

DEA Announces National Take Back Day Results

DEA Announces National Take Back Day Results

On October 29, people from across the country helped reduce the risk of prescription medication misuse by bringing unwanted and expired medications to National Take Back Day events. The DEA recently announced that more than 647,000 pounds of medications were collected at 4,902 collection sites. This total includes the 1,294 pounds of medication collected in…

A Growing Concern: Increased Drinking Among Older Adults

A Growing Concern: Increased Drinking Among Older Adults

Many older adults take medications that could interact with alcohol. Some interactions could be dangerous or even deadly. Learn more in a recent blog post from NIAAA Director, George F. Koob, Ph.D. The older adult population is increasing rapidly. Alcohol use among older adults is also increasing. As we focus on the quality of life…

$13.8 Billion Settlement reached for U.S. Opioid Claims

$13.8 Billion Settlement reached for U.S. Opioid Claims

CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart have agreed to an approximate $13.8 billion payout to settle thousands of lawsuits claiming that the pharmacy chains mishandled opioid pain medications. The lawsuits have accused these organizations of putting profit over safety and fueling the opioid crisis. CVS and Walgreens made statements declaring their commitment to be a part of…

Know Your Rights to Addiction Care for Drug & Alcohol-Related ER Visits

Know Your Rights to Addiction Care for Drug & Alcohol-Related ER Visits

The Legal Action Center has created a new guide Be Empow(ER)ed!: Know Your Rights to Addiction Care for Drug & Alcohol-Related ER Visits to inform people who use drugs about their right to receive certain evidence-based services for substance use-related conditions in hospital emergency departments. 

DEA Announces Significant Fentanyl Seizure in New York

DEA Announces Significant Fentanyl Seizure in New York

Press Release from the DEA on October 13, 2022: WASHINGTON – Yesterday, DEA and the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York announced a significant seizure of fentanyl.  Two individuals in New York have been charged following the seizure of approximately 300,000 rainbow fentanyl pills, 20 pounds of fentanyl in white and…

Huffing Canned Air or Dust Off – What to Know.

Huffing Canned Air or Dust Off – What to Know.

Inhalants are everyday household products that are abused to produce mind-altering effects. Canned air contains compressed gas in an aerosol-type can that is sprayed onto keyboards and into electronic devices to clear out debris and dust. Dust-Off, a popular brand name of canned air, is a gaseous refrigerant-based propellant cleaner used to remove dust and…

Halloween Party Safety

Halloween Party Safety

Party safety is always important, and extra vigilance is in order on Halloween. Some tips for having a safe, fun Halloween include: 🎃 Use the buddy system. Stick with your friends the whole night, and never walk anywhere alone. 🎃 Have your phone fully charged and accessible while you are out. Keep your phone at…

A Proclamation on National Youth Substance Use Prevention Month, 2022

On September 30, 2022 President Joe Biden declared October 2022 National Youth Substance Use Prevention Month: “During National Youth Substance Use Prevention Month, we rededicate ourselves to transforming the lives of America’s youth through prevention.  We commit to building and supporting communities where young Americans can live healthy and fulfilling lives, free from the dangers of…

DEA Announces Results of Enforcement Surge to Reduce the Fentanyl Supply Across the United States

DEA Announces Results of Enforcement Surge to Reduce the Fentanyl Supply Across the United States

36 Million Lethal Doses of Fentanyl Removed from Communities between May and September WASHINGTON – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration today announced the results of an enforcement operation that spanned from May to September and resulted in significant fentanyl seizures across the United States.   As part of the One Pill Can Kill initiative, the DEA and its law…