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'Street' Drug Use Down, Prescription Drug Abuse Rising: U.S. Report

THURSDAY, Sept. 4 -- Cocaine and methamphetamine use among young adults in the United States fell significantly in 2007, while abuse of prescription drugs increased fairly dramatically, according to a new U.S. survey.

The 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, which included about 67,500 Americans, was released Thursday by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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UAE's very scary drug laws

Posted by Mark Frauenfelder, February 8, 2008

In January, I posted the news that a young man had been arrested in Dubai for carrying melatonin. This BBC article looks into the story, and serves up some other examples of the draconian drug laws in the United Arab Emirates.

Examples:

• A Swiss man "is serving a four-year jail term after three poppy seeds from a bread roll he ate at Heathrow airport were found on his clothes."

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Cops & Customs Agents Caught Drug Smuggling

Following last September's crash of a Gulfstream jet used by the CIA for torture flights that contained 4 tonnes of cocaine, more customs officials and cops have been caught in drug smuggling and drug dealing rackets.

Customs supervisor Walter Golembiowski and officer John Ajello face narcotics, bribery and conspiracy charges after they were arrested for helping smuggle drugs and contraband through New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

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Warning over cannabis lung harm

Thursday, 31 January 2008

One study found a higher risk of lung cancer for those who smoked one joint a day compared with those who smoked 20 cigarettes a day over the same period.

Another found bullous disease - a form of emphysema - occurs 20 years earlier in cannabis smokers.

The studies appear in Respirology and the European Respiratory Journal.

Both studies come at a time when the government is considering whether to change the laws on the possession of cannabis.

Deep inhalation

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Bush Says Drug Policy Working

By Debbi Wilgoren

Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, December 11, 2007; 2:11 PM

President Bush today hailed a decade-long decline in teen drug use as proof that his administration's drug interdiction efforts are working, citing an annual study that shows no dramatic drops from last year but confirmed a significant reduction since 1997 in the number of young people experimenting with illegal drugs.

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Teen drug use down, but problems remain: survey

Tue Dec 11, 2007

By Will Dunham

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Overall use of illicit drugs by U.S. teenagers has dropped in the past decade, but use of the drug ecstasy is up and abuse of prescription medications remains worrisome, researchers said on Tuesday.

Thirteen percent of eighth grade students reported using an illicit drug at least once in the past year in 2007, down nearly half from 24 percent in 1996, University of Michigan researchers said. Such students are generally 13 or 14 years old.

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