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The Hardest Pill to Swallow | Tracy Jackson | TEDxNashville 05/18/2016

Dr. Tracy Jackson presents the idea that "pain is in the brain" and explains why a pill won’t make it go away. Dr. Jackson explores the truths and consequences of how doctors and patients are getting it wrong in pain management and the way to make it right.

Article, prescription drugs, Rx, Youtube
Mom who lost son shares concern about super pill 04/29/2016 Article, deadly, HCADA Interview, prescription drugs, Video
Sentiment still mixed as some celebrate 4/20 04/20/2016 Article, marijuana, No2pot
State issues warning on Fentanyl 'super pill' 04/08/2016
They want to get this super high, this extreme high," said Gary White, associate director for the alliance.  "They need to understand the perception. The harm that it's causing."
Article, Deterra, HCADA Interview, home disposal pouch
Overview of Major Issues Regarding the Impacts of Alcohol and Marijuana on Driving 04/01/2016

As part of a project funded by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, this document provides an overview of issues related to marijuana consumption, driving impairment and blood testing as well as the potential impacts of social and legal factors. Comparisons are made to alcohol to provide a point of reference. This
overview focuses on the types of marijuana generally available at legal recreational stores and medical dispensaries and not on pharmaceutical grade preparations. 

Alcohol, Article, driving, marijuana
Think twice before passing medical marijuana laws 11/20/2015

State after state is legalizing medical marijuana, but doctors and patient groups aren’t demanding these laws. The AMA doesn’t want them, nor does the American Cancer Society. The American Academy of Pediatrics is against medical marijuana and the Glaucoma Foundation warns patients not to use it.

Prescription cannabinoids are also much less likely to be abused or diverted to teenage use. And they’re more long acting, which is good for genuine patients who don’t want to be stoned all the time. So there’s no reason for anyone to smoke marijuana.

The main people who benefit from medical marijuana laws are people who want to get high or who want to sell the drug.

Article, marijuana, Not Medicine
HCADA talks with Tampa Bay Times about Josie’s Pledge 11/16/2015

At the age of 17, he took the life of Linda Unfried’s sister, Josie DiStefano Palomino, in a DUI crash.

Unfried founded the Hillsborough chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving in the wake of her sister’s death 31 years ago. She remains vigilant today. She thinks of the teen involved in her sister’s death and wants desperately to reduce underage drinking.

Article, HCADA, Josies Pledge, MADD
Pilot Project Launched to Ensure Safe & Effective Prescription Drug Disposal 10/01/2015

CADCA and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals launched a pilot project in Florida's Hillsborough, Collier, and Seminole counties on September 26 to ensure the safe and effective disposal of prescription medications. This pilot project is the next step in the overall strategy to prevent prescription drug misuse in Florida.

Article, CADCA, Deterra, HCADA, Pilot Project
Teens Using E-cigarettes More Likely to Start Smoking Tobacco 08/18/2015

Published on Aug 18, 2015
NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow discusses NIH-funded study which shows possible link between teens use of e-cigarettes and initiation of tobacco use.

Article, NIDA, Tobacco, Volkow
Doubly illegal: Qualitative accounts of underage alcohol access through theft 01/31/2012

This study investigated sources of alcohol for underage drinkers. In-depth, semi-structured interviews were individually conducted with 47 youths, ages 15–18, who reported drinking within the last 12 months, to explore alcohol access. Theft was one method that some youths reported using to obtain alcohol. In addition to 9% of respondents who reported stealing alcohol from commercial outlets themselves, a total of 26% respondents reported occasions when their close friends stole alcohol.

Alcohol, Article, stealing liquor, youth usage
Substance Abuse in the United States: Findings From Recent Epidemiologic Studies 06/17/2011

This research has demonstrated continued shifts in trends in illicit drug use in the United States and called attention to rising rates of prescription drug misuse and abuse. Findings have also continued to highlight the substantial comorbidity of SUDs with other psychiatric disorders and with the ongoing HIV epidemic. Building on these foundations, future challenges for research in substance abuse epidemiology will include using novel methodologic approaches to further unravel the complex interrelationships that link individual vulnerabilities for SUDs, including genetic factors, with social and environmental risk factors.


Article, Prevention Program, Programs Educational Material
Alcohol: No Ordinary Commodity 02/07/2010 Alcohol, Article, policy


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