Drug Policy

What is Kratom, This New Drug on DEA Watch List?

Posted on April 2nd, 2014

One way to find out what’s going on with America’s youth is to keep an eye on popular YouTube videos. Like all social media, YouTube offers plenty of useful and beneficial data, as well as negative information. One of the topics being posted on the site is Kratom, a new drug totally unknown to the majority of parents.

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FDA Sets New Standards for Opioids to Prevent Addiction

Posted on September 27th, 2013

FDA Sets New Standards for Opioids to Prevent AddictionIn an attempt to slow the rising tide of prescription drug abuse, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to limit access to a class of highly addictive painkilling substances. Effective immediately, the extended-release and long-acting versions of popular opioids such as oxycodone, fentanyl and morphine sulfate will no longer be sanctioned for use by patients suffering from moderate levels of chronic pain.

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Initiatives to Legalize Marijuana: The Prospects and Ramifications

Posted on November 19th, 2012

marijuana leafWhen voters go to the polls on November 6th, in many states and localities they will be asked to vote on referendums and ballot initiatives that touch on a wide variety of public concerns and issues. While most of these propositions have received little publicity, there are three that are generating quite a bit of discussion and controversy.

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Ban Advised on Percocet and Vicodin

Posted on September 10th, 2009

If the FDA heeds the warnings of a federal advisory panel, Percocet and Vicodin, two powerful painkillers, could be banned from the US market. The panel recently voted to recommend a ban on the two drugs because of their damaging effects on the liver. Both drugs contain acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol and Excedrin, and high doses of acetaminophen are a leading cause of liver damage. The panel noted that people who take Percocet and Vicodin for long periods of time often need higher and higher doses to achieve the same painkilling effects.

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