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DEA to consider downgrading marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II drug

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said it would consider downgrading the classification of marijuana from the same level as drugs like heroin that have “no current medical use” to that of ADHD medications and opioids, opening the door for more research into other medical uses, a potential change one advocate said would be a “paradigm shift.” Marijuana is currently listed as a Schedule I drug, the most dangerous classification among all drug schedules, which includes substances or chemicals with no accepted medical use and a high potential for severe psychological or physical dependence. If downgraded, marijuana would be reclassified as ... Read More

DEA introduces new drug take-back program to combat prescription drug abuse

A new Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) rule aims to combat a growing epidemic of prescription drug addiction and abuse by authorizing pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, and others to serve as drop-off sites for unused prescription medications. Attorney General Eric Holder said that the new regulation will help save lives and protect families from the dangers of prescription drug misuse. In 2011, unintentional prescription drug overdoses accounted for more than half of the 41,300 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. Prescription opioids, which are increasingly prescribed for pain relief, are particularly addictive and likely to be abused. Opioid pain killer overdose caused ... Read More