Research on Substance Abuse and Bullying Yields Some Surprising Findings

Researchers looking at the relationship between bullying and substance use in teens are coming up with some surprising findings. This is especially true in the area of bullying victimization and substance use, according to Amanda Nickerson, PhD, Professor and Director of the Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention, Graduate School of Education at the University of Buffalo in New York.

“A fair amount of research has found higher rates of substance use among bullying perpetrators,” says Dr. Nickerson, who spoke about bullying and substance use at the recent National Prevention Network annual research conference. “Substance use may be one part of a cluster of problem behaviors, as well as aggressive and rule-breaking behaviors, among bullying perpetrators.”

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Drug Cartels Substituting Fentanyl for Heroin, U.S. Government Agencies Warn

Drug cartels are selling lethal doses of fentanyl disguised as street heroin and counterfeit OxyContin pills, two U.S. government agencies are warning.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of Justice are cautioning people who buy illegal drugs and painkillers on the street or in Tijuana, Mexico, that cartels are using fentanyl because they can produce it more cheaply. Just a few grains of fentanyl can be lethal, the agencies said. In September, authorities confiscated more than 70 pounds of fentanyl and 6,000 counterfeit pills, NBC 7 reports.

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Study: 57 Percent of U.S. Adults Say They Support Legalizing Marijuana

A new study by the Pew Research Center finds 57 percent of U.S. adults say they support legalizing marijuana. A decade ago, only 32 percent of adults said they favored legalization.

The study found 66 percent of Democrats and 41 percent of Republicans favor legalization,Reuters reports.

Adults ages 18 to 35 are more than twice as likely to support legalization of marijuana as they were in 2006 (71 percent today, up from 34 percent in 2006). They are significantly more likely to support legalization than older adults.

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Human Rights Groups Call for Decriminalizing Illicit Drugs

Two human rights groups are calling for decriminalizing the possession and personal use of all illicit drugs, according to the Associated Press.

In a new report, the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch say the enforcement of drug laws has disproportionately impacted communities of color and the poor.

“Around the country, police make more arrests for drug possession than for any other crime,” the report states. “More than one of every nine arrests by state law enforcement is for drug possession, amounting to more than 1.25 million arrests each year. And despite officials’ claims that drug laws are meant to curb drug sales, four times as many people are arrested for possessing drugs as are arrested for selling them.”

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