National Drug Facts Week (NDFW) is a health observance week for teens that aims to shatter the myths about drugs and drug abuse. Through community-based events and activities on the Web, on TV, and through contests, the National Institute on Drug Abuse is working to encourage teens to get factual answers from scientific experts about drugs and drug abuse. Learn how you may participate.
States seek new ways to battle synthetic drug abuse
Fast-changing products makes regulation, enforcement more difficult, expert panel says. The Partnership at Drugfree.org details efforts by a national alliance to stop the spread of these problem drugs.
Booklet helps guide parents on preventing underage marijuana use
A new booklet written by Dr. Leslie Walker from Seattle Children’s Hospital and Dr. Kevin Haggerty from the University of Washington’s Social Development Research Group is now available. The booklet includes information about:
· Marijuana and teen health.
· What parents can do to prevent teen marijuana use.
· What the new law means for minors.
current greatest drug threats for 2014
Despite the legalization of cannabis in Washington State in 2012, both marijuana and methamphetamine are considered by Northwest HIDTA as the state’s greatest drug threats, according to a recent report by NW HIDTA. Both drugs are closely associated with crime and are easily available, making them a significant threat to society.Read Morales's full report.
NY case sheds light on meth cooking in North Korea
U.S. authorities say meth production and trafficking present an emerging threat as evidenced by gang bust, while North Korean's foreign ministry issues a statement of denial. (Read full AP story in ABC News).
Prospectors seek fortune in legal pot
The rush to sell legal marijuana is on as merchants line up to get weed into the marketplace (Read full AP story in NBC10 Philadelphia)
More drivers positive for pot in Washington state
More drivers have been testing positive for marijuana since Washington legalized the drug last year, according to new figures from the State Patrol.
In the first six months of 2013, the patrol’s crime lab says, 745 people tested positive for marijuana. Typically, there are about 1,000 positive pot tests on drivers in a full year. (Read full article in the Washington Post)
Los Angeles Times
Mexican cartels abet heroin and meth surge in U.S., DEA study says (Read article in Los Angeles Times)
Tacoma News Tribune
‘Molly’ sounds harmless, but it can be a killer
"While molly began as a club drug, it hasn’t been confined to that scene. It’s gaining popularity among young people who aren’t even old enough to get in many of the clubs where it’s rampant." Read editorial in Tacoma News Tribune.
Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/11/06/2875141/molly-sounds-harmless-but-it-can.html#storylink=cpy
Meth from Washington state moving
to ND's Bakken oil patch via drug ring
One man arrested, could face decades in jail time if convicted. Read full story in the Montana Standard
State agencies propose new
rules for medical marijuana
Would address quanity, where to buy. Read more on MyNorthwest.com and on the Washington State Liquor Control Board's website.
KING 5 TV
Meth's ugly effects: before and after photos
Rehabs.com, a nationwide directory of rehabilitation centers, compiled mug shots of methamphetamine addicts to show the progression of drug abuse on their looks over a relatively short period of time. (View on KING5.com)
Marijuana still most illicit drug
Office of National Drug Control Policy