Teens treated for substance use show cannabis withdrawal symptoms
“Our results are timely given the changing attitudes and perceptions of risk related to cannabis use in the U.S.,” senior author, John Kelly, PhD, of the Center for Addiction Medicine in the MGH Department of Psychiatry, said in a press release. “As more people are able to obtain and consume cannabis legally for medical and, in some states, recreational use, people are less likely to perceive it as addictive or harmful. But research shows that cannabis use can have significant consequence.

In the race for Boston Mayor, former addicts back candidate with a past              Many people in recovery stay anonymous and protect the anonymity of others, and A.A. itself does not get involved in politics. But here, a candidate for the city’s highest office is himself a recovering alcoholic. This has moved many former addicts – drinkers and drug users – to step out from the shadows and publicly support Mr. Walsh, 46, a state representative who still attends A.A. meetings after 18 years of sobriety.

Police focus on biggest drug problem: overdoses of prescription medications
Authorities say prescription drug abuse cuts across every age, race and socio-economic category, affecting residents at all ends of the valley and across the country, as well. The DEA lists prescription drug abuse as the fastest-growing drug problem in the United States.

Prescription drug spending doubled in less than a decade                                                Over the last 10 years, the percentage of Americans who took at least one prescription drug in the past month increased from 44% to 48%, says a federal government study.

California’s Prop 19 rejected by voters                                                                                         California voters snuffed out Proposition 19, which would have legalized recreational marijuana, according to ABC News projections, but backers said they would mount another legalization campaign in 2012.Despite a potential double-digit loss in the polls, Richard Lee, the Oakland medical marijuana entrepreneur who almost singlehandedly bankrolled the measure, called the effort a “tremendous moral victory” setting the stage for another legalization bid.

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