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Despite objections that 18 year olds should be treated like adults and allowed to smoke, local governments are trying to prevent the next generation of young adults from becoming victims of the tobacco industry. Last year Chicago banned the sale of all flavored tobacco products, which are marketed to attract young customers, within 500 feet of schools. In October of 2014, the city council just down the road in Evanston, Ill., joined a growing list of cities in banning tobacco sales to anyone under the age of 21. 

This past Election Day, Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C. joined Colorado and Washington State in legalizing recreational marijuana use for people 21 and older. This seismic shift raises several important questions about what policies are most likely to prevent and treat addiction.

In September of this year, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) authorized pharmacies to accept unused prescription drugs from customers. Prescription drug misuse has been a huge problem in the United States.

A research team at CASAColumbia was recently awarded funding by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), to study the most effective ways to enhance healthcare outcomes among adolescents with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and related behavioral problems, including substance use. The Buzz sat down with the project's principal investigator, Aaron Hogue, Ph.D., Director of Adolescent and Family Research, to discuss the new grant and learn more about why this research is so critically important.

Thirty miles south of Seattle, the small town of Fife is facing a lawsuit over the recent marijuana legalization law. Though you can sell marijuana in the state, the town of ten thousand has decided to ban retailers from opening up in their jurisdiction. The city council cites worries that too many retailers will open and that the extra tax money generated will not be returned to the city. One retailer protested that this was in violation with state law and brought the city to court. A county judge upheld the city’s right to ban sales within city limits, but the case is expected to go to the state Supreme Court later this year.

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