Meth most evident in police testing
In 2014 methamphetamine was the most common drug in police evidence testing for the first time, slightly surpassing heroin, both of which have been increasing since 2011, according to a new report detailing drug abuse trends in the Seattle-King County area for 2014. The report, prepared by the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute at the University of Washington, says methamphetamine is the second most common drug mentioned by callers to the Help Line with increases in 2013 and 2014. Treatment admissions for heroin were up substantially in 2014, exceeding other drugs and nearly equaling alcohol admissions. Download the report from ADAI.

CADCA Reports 
New study finds driving impairment from
marijuana use similar to that of alcohol use
While some young people believe marijuana use has little-to-no effect on driving ability, a new study found that marijuana use impairs driving similar to alcohol use. The study, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the Office on National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), was released this month and published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Using a driving simulator, researchers found that marijuana use impairs one measure of driving performance. People driving with blood concentrations of 13.1 µg/L THC – the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana – showed increased weaving within the lane, similar to those with 0.08 breath alcohol, the threshold for impaired driving in many states. See the CADCA web site for the full report.

Heroin causing new concern among
law enforcement, public health officials
A new perspective piece by Washington Lt. Governor Brad Owen outlines the growing heroin/opioid abuse problem and lists four strategies covering what the experts say should be done about it. Owen's piece, prepared as a policy paper for the National Lt. Governors Association, can be downloaded on the NLGA web site.

Mentioned in the Media

Seattle Times
Coast Guard succeeds in drug-trafficking mission

The Coast Guard cutter Midgett has returned to Seattle after seizing 12,100 pounds of cocaine during a 71-day voyage along South America's coast, a June 30 report in the Seattle Times says. In more than two months at sea, law-enforcement officers aboard the Midgett seized also arrested 22 suspected smugglers from seven vessels in international waters. The cocaine was worth an estimated $180 million wholesale, according to the Coast Guard. Read more.    

Tri-City Herald (via the Associated Press)
Washington legislature passes
reform bill for recreational marijuana
The Washington legislature on June 27 passed a measure that that makes several changes to Washington state's new recreational marijuana law, ranging from revising the market's tax structure to zoning rules. One of the main changes to the current system would be the elimination of the three-tier tax structure and its replacement with a single excise tax of 37 percent at the point of sale, reports the Tri-City Herald.

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New York Times
State marijuana laws complicate federal job recruitment
Marijuana may now be legal in Colorado, in Washington state and elsewhere to possess and smoke marijuana, but federal laws outlawing its use — and rules that make it a fireable offense for government workers — have remained rigid. As a result, recruiters for federal agencies are arriving on university campuses in those states with the sobering message that marijuana use will not be tolerated, according to a June 26 article in the New York Times.

Seattle Times
Fatal heroin overdoses spike by 58 percent in King County
Fatal overdoses linked to heroin surged by 58 percent in King County last year, fueling the steepest rise in local drug-caused deaths in 17 years, The Seattle Times reports. Heroin was involved in 156 deaths in the region in 2014, up from 99 the year before — and just 49 in 2009. Overall, there were 314 drug deaths in the area last year, the highest number since 1997, according to a report released by the University of Washington Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute.


Office of National Drug Control Policy