Government Eyes Popular Malt Liquor Four Loko

ABan-Four-LokoImage courtesy of http://www.ifiknew.org carbonated brew guzzled on college campuses is the focus of an intense write-in campaign urging federal regulators to take some buzz out of a sweet alcoholic drink sometimes referred to as "blackout in a can."

The Federal Trade Commission is looking at a wave of complaints about the popular fruit-flavored malt liquor Four Loko. Under review: the amount of alcohol in the brightly colored, supersized cans and how they are marketed.

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USA Today - Prescription Drugs Deaths Demand Attention

legal and illegalThe cause of Whitney Houston's death is not yet known, but authorities are looking into the anti-anxiety drug Xanax found in the singer's hotel room and the doctors who prescribed it. No wonder.

While Xanax and similar drugs are less notorious than narcotic painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin, they're addictive, widely prescribed and, combined with alcohol, can be just as dangerous.

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Alcohol in Movies Can Nudge Teens Toward Drinking

at the moviesWant to keep your teen from becoming a drinker? Keep an eye on what movies she's watching — and the clothes she's wearing, too.

Research published online at bmj.com finds a correlation between the amount of time a kid spends watching movie scenes that depict drinking and his likelihood to drink himself — and to engage in binge drinking. The study also found that teens' owning clothing and other items bearing logos for alcohol products were more likely to begin drinking and to then become binge drinkers.

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What Campuses Can Do to Fight High-Risk Drinking?

frostburg stateFrostburg State has set an example that other schools can follow in light of publicity surrounding the Huguely-Love case. An opinion by Jonathan Gibralter, president of Frostburg State University.

Recent coverage of the trial of a young man accused of killing a fellow student at the University of Virginia while under the influence of alcohol brings necessary attention to a cultural problem that most college and university leaders feel at a loss to change.

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Addiction is Not Hopeless

addictionSubstance abuse is one of the most pervasive and costly problems in our country. Over 68 million American adults have some form of substance use disorder and about 25 million are addicted to one or more substances. Every year, millions of lives are lost because of it.

What makes substance abuse hard to combat is the fact that addiction plays such a central role. Addiction is a nondiscriminating and devastating illness, affecting everyone from celebrities to teachers to soldiers to neighbors.

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‘Racing Above the Influence’ Campaign to Benefit NCADD

Serra Motorsports' 'Racing Above the Influence' campaign to benefit NCADD

In an effort to promote awareness of drug and alcohol abuse, the team at Serra Motorsports has begun 'Racing Above the Influence', which is both an awareness campaign and a fundraising effort which will make contributions to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD). NCADD and its network of affiliates is a voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting alcoholism, drug addiction and the devastating consequences of dependence.

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SAMHSA Study: Alcohol Abuse Higher Among College Students

U.S. college students seeking treatment for substance abuse are more likely to be having trouble with alcohol but less likely to be abusing drugs like heroin, cocaine or methamphetamine than their non-student peers, according to a new government study.

 college drinkingResearchers at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) analyzed data from 2009, when about 374,000 people between the ages of 18 and 24 were treated for substance abuse or dependence in the United States.

The overwhelming majority of those admitted for treatment -- about 362,000 -- were young adults who were not enrolled in college or post-secondary school, the researchers found.

About 12,000 of the admissions -- or 3.2 percent of the total -- involved young adults enrolled in higher education.

When researchers looked at patterns of abuse within the two groups, they found significant differences.

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Buprenorphine Availability, Diversion, and Misuse

picture of perscription drugsA number of NCADD Affiliates have expressed concerns that there is a growing concern regarding the diversion and misuse of Buprenorphine. The following report from the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) is a summary of information provided by The Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR) at the University of Maryland.

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Sativex, a Pot-based Prescription Drug Looks for FDA OK

Twenty five years ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first prescription drugs based on the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. A recent USA Today article recently noted that additional medicines derived from or inspired by the cannabis plant itself could soon be making their way to pharmacy shelves, according to drug companies, small biotech firms and university scientists.

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Parents and Peers Can Help Prevent Heavy Drinking in College Freshmen

A program that uses parents and peers to help prevent college freshmen from becoming or staying heavy drinkers has shown promise in a new study by researchers at Penn State.

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