Spice Hits Los Angeles’ Skid Row With a Vengeance

Posted on October 17th, 2016

California Gov. Jerry Brown took quick action after the synthetic drug “Spice” was blamed for dozens of overdoses in August. The governor signed Senate Bill 139 into law on Sept. 24. Introduced by Sen. Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) and sponsored by the California Police Chiefs Assn., the bill adds a number of specified drugs and chemicals to the existing list of prohibited synthetic cannabinoids.

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Bottle to Throttle: What Happens to Drunk Airline Pilots?

Posted on September 26th, 2016

By Greg Skipper, MD

A friend of mine went to play golf in Scotland, and while there he went to a pub to get a sandwich. The pub owner asked why he was in Scotland and my friend responded, “To play golf.” The owner retorted, “Laddie, you are in the right place.” The bartender then offered my friend a beer and he responded, “I don’t drink,” and the bartender then replied, “Laddie, you are in the wrong place.”

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Is Binge Drinking in College Innocent Fun?

Posted on September 7th, 2016

What would college be without the experience of heartily partying? Drinking to excess in college is almost as much a rite of passage as learning to drive or cramming for finals. College kids routinely participate in drinking games, keg parties and reckless experimentation. For many students, it’s the first chance they have had to let loose with no parental supervision.

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Do You Know Latest Slang for Popular Teen Drugs?

Posted on August 15th, 2016

As a parent, it can be hard to keep up with the latest trends and fads popular with your teenage son or daughter. Something is in one day and out the next. It’s enough to make your head spin and you have more important things to concentrate on, right? If you’re talking about the latest pop star, sure, you don’t need to be up to date. However, teens are also changing their allegiances to illegal drugs as well as the names they use for them.

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What to Do When You Discover Your Teen Is Using Drugs

Posted on August 1st, 2016

High school drug use statistics are clear on the facts of teenage substance abuse: a lot of teens are experimenting with drugs. It’s a dangerous assumption to make that your teen would never do it. Any teen is susceptible to the urges to experiment and the pressure to try drugs, but if you discover your teen has been using drugs, it can come as quite a shock. Knowing what to do next is not always obvious.

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