How Long Before a Court Orders the Marijuana Industry to Tell the Truth Like the Tobacco Industry Ha

On Sunday, November 26, 2017, major tobacco companies began running court-ordered “corrective statements” to finally tell Americans the truth about how deadly cigarettes are and how hard the industry worked to hide the truth so it could make more money. In 2006, a federal court ordered tobacco companies to run TV and newspaper ads “on five topics about which they had deliberately deceived the public: the adverse health effects of smoking; the addictiveness of smoking and nicotine; the lack of significant health benefit from smoking “low tar,” “light,” “ultra light,” “mild” and “natural” cigarettes (products that have been deceptively marketed as less harmful than regular cigarettes); the

Mental Heath Condition Signs

Imagine if someone you loved told you they had diabetes, a serious physical health condition. It is manageable through certain medical care and will not threaten their life if they stay on the right treatment plan. How would you react? Would you be concerned, offer your support, ask what you could do to help? Now imagine if someone you loved told you they had bipolar disorder. Would you react differently? Would you laugh and think they are “crazy”. Would you all of a sudden be scared of them and withdraw from the relationship you once had? Mental illness is just like a physical illness, it impacts your daily life, it can most often be treated, however the stigma is much greater. Imagine how

How Does Drug Scheduling Work?

Do you ever wonder how drugs are scheduled and penalties are established? Drug Schedules Drugs, substances, and certain chemicals used to make drugs are classified into five (5) distinct categories or schedules depending upon the drug’s acceptable medical use and the drug’s abuse or dependency potential. These lists are intended as general references and are not comprehensive listings of all controlled substances. Schedule I Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Some examples of Schedule I drugs are: heroin lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) marijuana (cannabis) 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (e

Thanksgiving Eve 2017

Make It to the Table: This Thanksgiving Eve, Don't Drink and Drive Social Media Blitz Wednesday, November 22 To make our roads safer around Thanksgiving, NHTSA is organizing a 1-day highway safety community social media blitz. Please join by sharing their posts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and by engaging with your followers with your own posts. Use #buzzeddriving and #designateddriver to connect. The Wednesday night before Thanksgiving is a cultural phenomenon called “Thanksgiving Eve,” an evening associated with drinking and a big night for bars. From 2012 to 2016, more than 800 people died in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period (6:00 p.m. Wednes

What we can do now about our opioid national health emergency?

The federal government in late October declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency. The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis headed by Gov. Chris Christie issued its final report. Where does this leave us? Consider the facts. The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) reported 64,000 drug overdose deaths in 2016, more than the 58,000 lives lost in the Vietnam War. Deaths from prescription opioids more than quadrupled since 1999. Deaths from heroin overdose grew from 2,089 in 2002 to 15,446 in 2016. The amount of prescription opioids sold to pharmacies, hospitals and doctors’ offices nearly quadrupled from 1999 to 2010. According

DEA collects record number of unused pills during Drug Take Back Day

WASHINGTON – Americans nationwide did their part to reduce the opioid crisis by bringing the DEA and its more than 4,200 local and tribal law enforcement partners a record-setting 912,305 pounds—456 tons—of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for disposal at more than 5,300 collection sites. That is almost six tons more than was collected at last spring’s event. This brings the total amount of prescription drugs collected by DEA since the fall of 2010 to 9,015,668 pounds, or 4,508 tons. Now in its 8th year, National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events continue to remove ever-higher amounts of opioids and other medicines from the nation’s homes, where the

Roadway deaths top 300 in Minnesota

The state’s roadway fatalities eclipsed 300 in late October and now include 306 deaths through Wednesday, said the Minnesota Department of Public Safety in a news release — putting the state on a path to match its recent average. The four main factors in roadway deaths, the public safety department said, have been alcohol-related crashes (90), speeding (66), unbelted motorists (57) and distracted driving (13). Three-fourths of those who died were male (229) compared to 77 female fatalities. The six-year average through 2016 for roadway deaths in Minnesota was 386, meaning the state is tracking to be around that number again with two months left in the year. In the decade prior to the most re

Tobacco 21: Council Approves, Mayor Vetos

Despite the St. Cloud City Council approving on a 4-3 vote Monday an ordinance amendment to raise the tobacco-buying age from 18 to 21, Mayor Dave Kleis said he will veto the ordinance. "I can't support it, and I won't sign it," he said. The vote and Kleis' promise to veto came after a public hearing Monday where more than 40 people spoke. Read the entire story here on the St. Cloud Times' website.

What about legal age? Why Delaying the First Use of Tobacco and Marijuana Matters for Youth

FREE Webinar! Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm What about legal age? Why Delaying the First Use of Tobacco and Marijuana Matters for Youth When it comes to adolescent use of tobacco, alternate tobacco and marijuana, it can be hard to determine facts from fiction. Over the last several years, we have experienced an intense political and cultural shift in the attitudes surrounding marijuana use, a rise in drug overdoses and a drive from government and private organizations to stop young people from starting to use drugs in the first place – to save lives in the long run. We have also seen reports that offer evidence-based guidance on the correlation between the use of tobacco

#BeTheDifference for Veterans in November

November 11 is Veterans Day, so Mental Health First Aid is focusing on veteran and military mental health for the entire month of November. Twenty veterans die by suicide each day. Thirty percent of active duty and reserve military personnel deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan have a mental health problem requiring treatment, yet only half of those people in need receive any treatment at all. Mental Health First Aid for Veterans is making a difference for veterans, military members and their families across the country. Here’s how you can #BeTheDifference for veterans in November. Read up! They're blogging about veteran and military mental health all month long. Stay up-to-date on all their #Be

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