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May 26, 2016
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February 24, 2016
Medication Safety 101: Usage, Storage, and Disposal March 23 Twitter Chat
Join the Twitter conversation on March 23 when The Alliance for Aging Research, in partnership with the 
Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition, the American Association of Poison Control Centers, CHPA Educational 
Foundation, and NCPIE, hosts a Twitter chat (1:00 – 2:00 pm EST) on how to safely choose, take, store, and 
dispose of OTC medications. Topics will include:
•	Tips on how and when to take (and not take) medications
•	Guidance on safely storing medications to keep them out of the hands of young children and those who might  
        want to abuse medications
•	Info on how to safely dispose of unwanted medications
February 22, 2016
Rite Aid Offers Talking Rx Device for Visually Impaired Customers
Rite Aid is making available nationwide talking prescription devices to help with customers who are blind or visually 
impaired. Rite Aid will also provide large-print prescription information sheets to customers who ask for them. 
Visually impaired customers can request a talking prescription device at any of the nearly 4,600 Rite Aid pharmacies 
February 17, 2016
Increasing Misuse of ADHD Drugs by Young Adults
New research indicates that young adults misuse ADHD drugs most often. The study, published in The Journal of 
Clinical Psychiatry, looked at trends from 2006 through 2011 and identified individuals aged 18–25 years as the 
ones who most often take the prescription stimulants inappropriately. 

For all age groups, the primary source for nonmedical use of dextroamphetamine–amphetamine (Adderall—Teva) 
was family or friends. During the 6-year study period, treatment visits involving the ADHD drug were unchanged for 
adults; however, nonmedical use of the drug increased 67% and emergency department (ED) visits rose 156%. 
Treatment visits involving dextroamphetamine–amphetamine for adolescents decreased, while nonmedical use 
remained stable and ED visits dropped 54%. The research was supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 
the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and a National Research Service Award.
February 12, 2016
Safer Universities Program: Reducing Off-Campus Excessive Drinking
The Safer Universities Program is directed at reducing excessive drinking and intoxication off-campus,  near the 
college, including parties at homes and apartments, as well as at nearby bars and restaurants. It achieves this by 
enhancing enforcement of laws to encourage responsible hosting and service of alcohol in private and commercial 
settings.  A downloadable tool kit describes the components of the action plan and provides tips and materials that 
support implementation.
February 9, 2016
College Marijuana Use Linked With Skipped Classes, Lower Grades, Late Graduation
A new study finds marijuana use in the first year of college can lead to students missing classes.  The more 
frequently a student uses marijuana, the more they tend to skip class, earn lower grades, and graduate later.  
Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health followed 1,117 college students for eight years to 
test the direct and indirect effects on marijuana use on GPA and time to graduation.  The findings are part of a 
larger study, called the College Life Study, which began in 2003. 

“Alcohol and other drug use are also related to skipping class, but when we adjusted for other substance use we still 
found a relationship between marijuana and skipping class,” said lead researcher Amelia Arria, Associate Professor 
of Behavioral and Community Health at the University of Maryland School of Public Health.  She noted previous 
studies have found a relationship between marijuana and other drug use and academic declines in high school. “The 
question of whether marijuana use is linked to skipping classes hasn’t been investigated as thoroughly,” she noted.  
The findings are published in the Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.