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November 21, 2014
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November 19, 2014
Smartphones Help Remind Teens To Take Their Meds
Data presented at the American Society of Nephrology meeting showed that half of adolescents and
young adult kidney disease patients with smartphones used their devices as a reminder to take their
medications and 30% used them to maintain their drug lists or dosing schedules. However, only 29%
were aware of medical mobile apps that could help them stick to their program. 

November 13, 2014
College Students -- Misuse & Abuse of Prescription Stimulants Becoming Normalized Behavior
A new, nationally representative survey released today by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
confirms that the abuse of prescription stimulants is becoming normalized among current college
students and other young adults. The online study found that young adults often misuse and abuse
prescription (Rx) stimulants as a way to manage the daily demands of academics, work and social
pressures. The survey is being released today at a panel discussion at New York University, hosted
by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and titled Under Pressure: College Students and the Abuse of
Rx Stimulants.  The new research found that 1 in 5 college students (20 percent) report abusing
prescription stimulants at least once in their lifetime, compared to 1 in 7 non-students (15
percent). Older students are also more prone to engage in these behaviors: the data found that
among current students, sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students are significantly more
likely to abuse Rx stimulants than college freshmen.

November 7, 2014
FDA: Consumers Advised to Avoid Mixing Dietary Supplements and Medications
The FDA is reminding consumers that mixing prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications with
vitamins, minerals, and dietary supplements can be dangerous because some supplements can influence
how the body absorbs the medicine. As a result, combining medicine and supplements could have
dangerous and even life-threatening effects, the agency notes.. The FDA also warns that children
could be particularly vulnerable to adverse events related to simultaneous use of supplements and
medication because metabolism rates change as they age.  FDA advises consumers who are adding a
dietary supplement or medication to their routine to first discuss the change with a doctor,
pharmacist, or other health care provider. En Español

November 7, 2014
Prescription Opioids Involved in Most ED Overdoses, Study Finds
Prescription opioid medications are involved in over 67% of overdose cases in emergency departments
(EDs), according to a national study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. 
The study,  Presentation of Prescription and Nonprescription Opioid Overdoses to US Emergency Departments," 
also found that many patients who overdosed shared common coexisting illnesses, including chronic mental, 
circulatory, and respiratory diseases, meaning those who prescribe opioids to patients with these conditions 
"should do so with care and counsel the patients," a JAMA press release notes. 
The authors also indicated that the trends identified in this research can be a critical component for planning 
and implementing overdose prevention efforts, such as prescription monitoring programs and naloxone 
prescribing for at-risk patients.

November 5, 2014
NIDA’s drug abuse information for teens goes mobile
Teens — and adults who care for them — can now find answers to questions about drug abuse and
addiction more easily, and through smartphones and tablets. Spanish language versions of easy to
understand resources on drug abuse and addiction are now also available. The updates, announced
today by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. 
For teens, their parents and teachers, NIDA has upgraded its popular teen website to a “responsive
design” model that automatically adjusts to fit the viewer’s screen for better viewing through
smartphones and tablets. The new design is also more engaging, with larger, more vibrant buttons
that link directly to resources that provide answers to questions and concerns related to drug
abuse in adolescents. The teen site continues to house free, interactive resources such as its 
teen blog and PEERx, an online educational initiative to discourage abuse of prescription drugs 
among teens.  In addition to the redesigned teen site, NIDA’s improved Parents and Educators 
page makes it easier for caregivers and teachers to find free, scientifically based prevention and 
education resources. Teachers can also find free resources for elementary, middle and high school 
students, including examples of classroom-based science experiments from the NIH Lab Challenge.