Nationally, about 13,500 infants were born with drug withdrawal symptoms in 2009, about one baby each hour, according to a 2012 study from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Proponents of legalized recreational marijuana touted millions in taxes that could be collected. But don’t count that money yet.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Cigarette smoking is down in all grades. For example, just 10 percent of 10th graders reported smoking a cigarette at least once in the past 30 days — down from 25 percent in 1999. But percentage of 10th and 12th graders who smoke marijuana is nearly double the percentage of cigarette smokers.
Less money for vaccinating children, providing HIV testing, treating substance abuse and preparing for biological, chemical and radiological disasters.
“The increases in poisoning, largely due to prescription pain medication, have been most dramatic over the past decade, signaling a need to rethink how pain medications are prescribed and used,”
Binge drinking is not widely recognized as a women’s health problem, but drinking too much – including binge drinking – results in about 23,000 deaths in women and girls each year, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A feature article on efforts in Washington state to address the epidemic of prescription painkiller overdose deaths by LocalHealthGuide editor Michael McCarthy appears this week in the BMJ, the journal of the British Medical Society.
Despite the fact that there are highly effective drugs to treat hepatitis C virus, just 20 percent of people infected with virus begin the recommended treatment regimen and less than 5 percent go on to successfully clear it.
King County residents can dispose of their unwanted and expired medicines anonymously and at no cost at a nationwide drug “take-back” day on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at more than 22 “take-back” collections sites around the county.
Charges allege the naturopaths examined and treated more than 200 patients seeking medical marijuana authorization at a “Hempfest” event in Seattle but failed to conduct an adequate review of the patients’ medical histories; to adequately document their examinations and diagnoses; and to establish an ongoing patient care relationship.
All adults in Washington who are considering quitting tobacco can now again get free help from the Department of Health’s toll-free Washington State Tobacco Quitline.