Weekly Roundup 4/13/2015

Weekly Roundup 4/13/2015

Weekly Roundup for the week of April 6-12
Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco in the News

SAMHSA and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) released their report: Medication for the Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder: A Brief Guide, based on advice of a panel of experts in alcohol research, clinical care, medical education, and public policy.

A study of 600 marijuana samples from Colorado growers revealed very high THC levels, low to no cannabidiol (CBD) and large amounts of fungi and microbial growth.

The Pennsylvania Medical Society released a report this week on medical marijuana containing an overview of the plant’s chemical components, the lack of credible research to support medical marijuana, ancillary risks of legalized medical marijuana, and an overview of Pennsylvania’s state laws.

A Boston medical marijuana facility sparked controversy when it sponsored an Easter egg hunt in the Boston Arboretum. Plastic eggs containing marijuana edibles and vouchers were found in areas regularly frequented by children and families. Warning: article contains profanity.

As part of National Public Health Week, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy took prevention-related questions via Twitter on Thursday, April 9th. Followers used the hashtag #AskTheSurgeonGeneral to post questions on Twitter, and the Surgeon General answered via video from his Twitter account, @Surgeon_General.

Erin Ganaway posted this blog entry for the Mendez Foundation on the recent increase in fatalities caused by heroin spiked with fentanyl.

The Red Ribbon Campaign published a set of social media tools for participants to promote and spread the 30th annual Red Ribbon message. Red Ribbon week takes place October 23-31 each year.

SAMHSA is accepting applications for up to $21.6 million for the Offender Reentry Program, designed to expand or enhance substance use disorder treatment and related reentry services to those returning to the community from incarceration.

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) announced their Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Grant Program, intended to award funding to up to 18 rural partnerships for one year for up to $100,000.

The Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) released the preview of their third status report on the societal impacts of marijuana legalization in Colorado. The full report will be available in late summer of 2015.

The Drug Free Action Alliance reports that there are four ballot initiatives collecting signatures to legalize marijuana either for medicinal or recreational use in the state of Ohio. Information on each initiative, as well as DFAA concerns, can be found at the links below.
Responsible Ohio Marijuana Legalization Plan
Responsible Ohioans for Cannabis
Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment
Cannabis Control Amendment to Ohio Constitution

Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) launched a new website focused on their new campaign “Big Tobacco 2.0” at the second annual SAM summit. They also released a new video on the parallels between the Big Tobacco industry and Big Marijuana.

The American Lung Association released a report, State Health Insurance Marketplace Plans: New Opportunities to Help Smokers Quit, suggesting that state health insurance marketplaces are not providing the coverage required by the ACA to quit smoking.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released Best Practice Resources and Provider Resources to improve care and integration of mental health, substance use disorder, and primary care.

A study reported in the American Journal of Public Health suggests that underage drinkers who exclusively drink “alcopops” (sweet, carbonated, ready-to-drink alcoholic beverages) are more likely to engage in heavy episodic drinking and suffer from alcohol-related consequences.

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell outlined three priority areas during her speech on the opioid crisis at the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit in Atlanta.