Substance Abuse

5:00am

Sat May 31, 2014
DUI Arrests

In Colorado, Many Cited For DUI Are Without Valid License

Candles and flowers form a makeshift memorial for Juan Carlos Dominguez-Palomino in Aurora, Colo., near the intersection where the 17--year-old was killed when an allegedly drunken driver collided with his vehicle in March 2014.
Whitney Wild 9News, KUSA-TV

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drinking and driving in Colorado over the past two years was driving at the time without a valid license because it had been revoked, suspended or never issued.

And more than one-fifth had lost their driving privileges for a prior drunken driving conviction.

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1:33am

Mon March 3, 2014
Shots - Health News

Evidence On Marijuana's Health Effects Is Hazy At Best

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 7:23 am

C. Nash smokes after possession of marijuana became legal in Washington state on Dec. 6, 2012.
Ted S. Warren AP

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.

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10:10am

Sun February 9, 2014
The Sunday Conversation

Addict Lives With 'Monster' That's Waiting To Pounce

Originally published on Sun February 9, 2014 10:45 am

Ruben Casteneda
Ruben Casteneda

Each week, Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.

This Sunday Conversation with Ruben Castaneda was inspired by WAMU's five-part series, "Crack: The Drug that Consumed the Nation's Capital."

When Ruben Castaneda first moved to Washington, he lived his life along two separate tracks.

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3:19am

Fri December 13, 2013
StoryCorps

A Baby Who Saved Her Family From 'The Dark Moments'

Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 12:34 pm

Francisco Vasquez says his niece, Ellie, and his sister's battle with cancer have transformed his life "forever."
Courtesy of Maria Vasquez-Rojas

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.

"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.

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4:50pm

Thu October 24, 2013
Shots - Health News

FDA Seeks To Tighten Controls On Hydrocodone Painkillers

Hydrocodone, sold as Vicodin and other brand names, may face tighter restrictions on prescribing and use.
Toby Talbot AP

The Food and Drug Administration Thursday announced that it wants the federal government to impose tough new restrictions on some of the most widely used prescription painkillers.

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 "Schedule II" drug, which would impose new restrictions on how they are prescribed and used.

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