The D.C. Chapter of Drug-Free World has been partnering with the Ward 1 & 2 DC Prevention Center. The Prevention Centers “serve as a dynamic hub that engages, supports, and helps connect the many community elements that are needed for promoting healthy children, youth, and families as well as a drug-free District of Columbia. ”
Volunteers from the D.C., Maryland and Virginia Drug-Free World Chapters came together to staff an information table at a recent Synthetic Drugs Symposium event held at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.
The Drug-Free World program has been participating in the annual D.C. Police National Night Out event for several years by providing booths with Truth About Drugs campaign materials in all seven D.C. police districts. This year, seven booths were once again staffed across the city by Drug-Free World volunteers.
National Night Out is a nationwide activity where the police work with civil society to get people out of their houses to see that you can actually come out at night and have fun without doing drugs or committing crimes.
The theme of this years National Night out event was “Bridging the Gap” between youth and seniors with the theme “Healthy Safe Summer.” The events were sponsored by the Washington D.C. Police Foundation and Target.
NBC4 in D.C. reports that due to a spike in hospital visits for suspected synthetic drug overdoses, D.C. hospitals will now do blood and urine tests on anyone who appears to have taken the dangerous drugs.
The emergency rules, that went into effect the first week of August, 2015, require hospitals to collect blood and urine samples from patients who “present and have symptoms consistent with having taken a synthetic cannabinoid,” the D.C. Department of Health announced Tuesday.
The unregulated, highly addictive synthetic drugs can cause psychotic episodes, aggressive behavior and seizures, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers.
NBC News4 in D.C. that at least 11 people overdosed in early June on a synthetic drug known as bizarro, near the Community for Creative Non-Violence at 2nd St. NW.
Firefighters responded to 11 overdoses, with seven people transported to hospitals and three people who refused treatment. Police believe the dangerous drugs were sold at an open-air drug market that plagues the shelter and draws customers from across the region.
Since 1975 the University of Michigan has been conducting survey to measure drug, alcohol, and cigarette use and related attitudes among adolescent students nationwide. Survey participants report their drug use behaviors across three time periods: lifetime, past year, and past month. Study findings are released each Fall.
During remarks given at the U.S. Senate Addiction Forum:
Understanding the Science and Addressing Collateral Consequences, held on Dec. 2, 2014, at the Russell Senate Office Building, Dr. Nora Volkow, Director, National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) made the following statement.