By Christine Cheng, Smoking Cessation Leadership Center at UCSF
If you follow the news at all, you’ve probably noticed a lot of talk about whether e-cigarettes are safe. Do they help people quit smoking traditional cigarettes? Can they lead people, especially young people, to other substances? So let’s explore why these newbies to the nicotine world have some folks all choked up.
By Pam Bondi, Florida Attorney General
As Florida’s Attorney General, I have fought the epidemic of prescription drug abuse since taking office in 2011. At the beginning of my term, prescription drug overdoses were steadily rising over the past seven years. Florida was known as the “pill mill capital of the country” with drug dealers from all over the country traveling to my state to stock up on prescription painkillers. Ninety-eight of the top 100 Oxycodone dispensing doctors lived in Florida. Florida gained national notoriety because of the pill mills throughout the state that were prescribing and dispensing large amounts of controlled substances outside the scopes of standard medical practice. Florida became the destination for distributors and abusers, and seven Floridians were dying every day as a result.
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- Jul 17, 2008
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- May 24, 2008
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- Apr 30, 2008
Have you been to a town hall meeting like this: Participants dutifully arrive; the 'experts' sit at the front of the room and share their knowledge and opinions and answer a few questions from the audience, the meeting ends and everyone goes home? Citizens attend, but have little opportunity to participate. We often depend on the 'experts' telling the community. But, what if we turned it around?