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SAMHSA
Fri, 2013-02-22

Highlights: Emergency department (ED) visits involving use of illicit drugs increased from 2009 to 2011; the rate of visits involving illicit stimulants increased 68 percent, and the rate of visits involving marijuana rose 19 percent. But there were no significant increases in the rates of visits involving narcotic pain relievers from 2009 to 2011.

The Partnership at DrugFree.org
Wed, 2013-02-20

Highlights: In total, 38,329 people died of drug overdoses ion 2010. Of the 57 percent whose deaths involved prescription drugs, three-quarters were due to painkillers such as OxyContin and Percocet.

Las Angeles Times
Tue, 2013-02-19

Highlights: According to a research letter published Tuesday from the National Center for Health Statistics, 38,329 people died of drug overdoses in the United States in 2010, an uptick from the previous year and the latest sign of a deadly trend involving prescription painkillers.

CNN Money
Tue, 2013-02-12

Highlights: There have been nearly 84,000 meth lab seizures since 2004, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. But only a fraction of meth labs, as few as 5%, get discovered. Many Americans purchase homes or rent apartments contaminated with the drug's poisonous residue.

DFBS note: Something to pay attention to when relocating employees.

The Partnership at DrugFree.org
Wed, 2013-01-09

Highlights: Employers in the oil and gas industry are having a difficult time finding enough workers who can pass drug tests. Prescription drug abuse is largely to blame. The problem is particularly acute in parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

SAMHSA
Tue, 2013-01-08

Highlights: Combined 2010 and 2011 data indicate that the rate of past year nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers among those aged 12 or older was 4.6 percent nationally and ranged from 3.6 percent in Iowa to 6.4 percent in Oregon. Of the 10 States with the highest rates of past year nonmedical use, 7 were in the West region; of the 10 States with the lowest rates, 4 were in the Midwest region, and 4 were in the Southern region

DFBS note: Take a look at your state data to see what could effect your workplace.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Wed, 2012-12-19

Highlights: Continued high use of marijuana by the nation's eighth, 10th and 12th graders was revealed in this year's Monitoring the Future survey. The survey also showed that teens' perception of marijuana's harmfulness is down, which can signal future increases in use. A recent National Academy of Sciences report showed that people who used cannabis heavily in their teens and continued through adulthood showed a significant drop in IQ.

DFBS note: As if finding good workers wasn't already hard enough.

The Partnership at DrugFree.org
Wed, 2012-12-05

Highlights: The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) has alerted U.S. law enforcement to prepare for a potential influx of painkillers from Canada, which has given approval to six generic drug companies to manufacture oxycodone products. The United States will face a similar decision about whether to approve generic versions of powerful painkillers. A U.S. patent on the original formulation of OxyContin will expire next April.

The Partnership at DrugFree.org
Fri, 2012-11-30

Highlights: As Kentucky begins to see results from its crackdown on prescription drug abuse, officials report a rise in heroin use. Law enforcement officials say heroin imported from Mexico and Central America is cheaper and more easily available than prescription opioids, such as Oxycodone.

DFBS note: A trend repeated in many parts of the country.

Reuters
Thu, 2012-09-06

Highlights: More than half of U.S. drivers killed in car accidents had alcohol or drugs in their system at the time of the crash, according to a new study.

DFBS note: Think about that while your employees are on the road, and how to keep from contributing to these statistics.

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