Substance Abuse http://www.kunc.org en In Colorado, Many Cited For DUI Are Without Valid License http://www.kunc.org/post/colorado-many-cited-dui-are-without-valid-license <p>One of every four motorists cited for drinking and driving in Colorado over the past two years was driving at the time without a valid license because it had been revoked, suspended or never issued.</p><p>And more than one-fifth had lost their driving privileges for a prior drunken driving conviction.</span></p><p> Sat, 31 May 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Rocky Mountain PBS I-News & Burt Hubbard 57176 at http://www.kunc.org In Colorado, Many Cited For DUI Are Without Valid License Evidence On Marijuana's Health Effects Is Hazy At Best http://www.kunc.org/post/evidence-marijuanas-health-effects-hazy-best Colorado opened its first pot stores in January, and adults in Washington state will be able to walk into a store and buy marijuana this summer. But this legalization of recreational marijuana is taking place without much information on the possible health effects.<p>"We should have been doing a lot more research to find out just how useful it is, how it affects the brain, et cetera, et cetera," according to <a href="http://asp.cumc.columbia.edu/facdb/profile_list.asp?uni=hdk3&DepAffil=Psychiatry">Dr. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 08:33:00 +0000 Richard Knox 54397 at http://www.kunc.org Evidence On Marijuana's Health Effects Is Hazy At Best Addict Lives With 'Monster' That's Waiting To Pounce http://www.kunc.org/post/addict-lives-monster-thats-waiting-pounce <em>Each week, </em>Weekend Edition Sunday<em> host Rachel Martin brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.</em><p><em>This Sunday Conversation with Ruben Castaneda was inspired by WAMU's five-part series,</em> "<a href="http://wamu.org/crack_the_drug_that_consumed_the_nations_capital">Crack: The Drug that Consumed the Nation's Capital</a>."<p>When Ruben Castaneda first moved to Washington, he lived his life along two separate tracks.<p>He was a crime reporter for one of the most prestigious newspapers in the co Sun, 09 Feb 2014 17:10:00 +0000 NPR Staff 53952 at http://www.kunc.org Addict Lives With 'Monster' That's Waiting To Pounce A Baby Who Saved Her Family From 'The Dark Moments' http://www.kunc.org/post/baby-who-saved-her-family-dark-moments Three years ago, Maria Vasquez-Rojas received news to celebrate: After many attempts to conceive, she was going to have a baby. But while pregnant with her daughter, Ellie, Maria was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer.<p>"If I had not gone in for that ultrasound they would have never caught it. [Ellie] saved my life," Maria tells her brother, Francisco Vasquez, on a visit to StoryCorps in Los Angeles.<p>"Ellie's just been a miracle to our family," Francisco says. "Back then, I was not in a good place. I was addicted to meth, stealing. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 10:19:00 +0000 52768 at http://www.kunc.org A Baby Who Saved Her Family From 'The Dark Moments' FDA Seeks To Tighten Controls On Hydrocodone Painkillers http://www.kunc.org/post/fda-seeks-tighten-controls-hydrocodone-painkillers The Food and Drug Administration Thursday <a href="http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm372089.htm">announced</a> that it wants the federal government to impose tough new restrictions on some of the most widely used prescription painkillers.<p>The FDA said it planned to recommend that Vicodin and other prescription painkillers containing the powerful opioid hydrocodone be reclassified from a "Schedule III" drug to a "<a href="http://www.justice.gov/dea/druginfo/ds.shtml">Schedule II</a>" drug, which would impose new restrictions on how they are prescribed and used.<p>OxyContin, another opioi Thu, 24 Oct 2013 22:50:00 +0000 Rob Stein 51167 at http://www.kunc.org FDA Seeks To Tighten Controls On Hydrocodone Painkillers