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More Colorado Drivers in Fatal Car Crashes Testing Postiive for Marijuana

A new study funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), shows an increased number of marijuana-positive Colorado drivers involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes since Colorado’s legalization of medical marijuana in 2009. A similar increase was not seen in the 34 states that …

Emergency Departments See Increased Visits Involving Abuse of Sedative Alprazolam (Xanax)

The number of emergency department visits involving non-medical use of the sedative alprazolam – otherwise known as Xanax, Xanax XR and Niravam – doubled from 57,419 to 124,902 during the years 2005 to 2010, and then remained stable at 123,744 in 2011, according to a new report issued this week by the Substance Abuse and …

Study Finds Marijuana Users More Likely to Have Sleep Problems

People who started using early were more likely to have sleep problems as an adult,” said Jilesh Chheda, lead author on the study. This study demonstrated that any history of marijuana use was associated with increased sleep problems, but the strongest relationship was shown in adults who started marijuana use before age 15.