News & Industry Bulletins

Monday, January 9, 2017

Opioid Epidemic Fuels Increase in Cocaine Related Overdose Deaths

According to a recent U.S. News & World Report article, the number of people dying from cocaine related overdoses is growing.  This seems to be due to the fact that they are mixing cocaine with opioids such as heroin and fentanyl.  The article states that it is not known whether people are mixing the drugs intentionally or are taking products that are tainted. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

DEA Mandates Significant Cuts in Opioid Painkiller Production

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) this week announced it is requiring significant cuts in the production of prescription opioids, HealthDay reports. By 2017 the amount of prescription opioids permitted to be manufactured in the United States will decrease by at least 25 percent.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

DEA Delays Kratom Ban

The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has not taken action to make the herbal supplement kratom as schedule I drug, despite previously announcing its intention to do so by September 30. The delay comes as some members of Congress, as well as kratom users and researchers, have grown increasingly vociferous over the notion that the DEA would make kratom a schedule I substance, in the same class as heroin and marijuana, without allowing any public input.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Dr. Kenneth Blum Recognized by Marquis Who’s Who for Excellence in Pharmacology and NeuroGenetics

Dr. Kenneth Blum has been included in Marquis Who’s Who. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Medical Experts Raise Alarms About Marijuana “Dabbing”

Medical experts are concerned about marijuana “dabbing,” a potentially dangerous way of using the drug. Dabbing appears to be increasingly popular among young people in New York City, according to The New York Times. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), dabbing is a method used to convert marijuana into a concentrate.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

April is National STD Awareness Month

STD Awareness Month is here, along with the alarming news that sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) are on the rise. Too many people want to avoid the topic altogether, but public health data show us that there is a hidden STD epidemic in this nation.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

President Obama Announces New Moves to Fight Opioid and Heroin Abuse Epidemic

Today CNN reported the Obama administration is making it easier for doctors to use anti-addiction drugs in the fight against an exploding epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Law Enforcement Sees More High-Potency Marijuana, Called “Shatter”

On March 3, 2016, Join Together - a news aggregation service from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids - shared news that drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents in Houston are seeing an increasing amount of a type of high-potency marijuana known as “shatter,” ABC7NY

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Some Fentanyl Pills Being Sold as Other Painkillers

On March 1, 2016, Join Together - a news aggregation service from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids - reported that law enforcement officials say they are seeing increasing cases of the potent opioid fentanyl being sold as other painkillers, such as oxycodone or Percocet.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Dominion Diagnostics Maintains Leading Role in 2016 National Conference on Addiction Disorders

Dominion Diagnostics has announced that it will maintain its role as Title Sponsor of the 2016 National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD), an event which provides an opportunity for addiction professionals to connect and engage with national experts and resources each