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PHOTO: Washington's laws against drunk driving are more stringent this year, making a designated driver an even smarter strategy for holiday parties. Photo credit: Feverpitch/FeaturePics.com

EVERETT, Wash. - A designated driver should be part of this season's planning process for festivities that include alcohol, and one Washington attorney's advice is to arrange for that driver well before they're needed. In a new survey by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 72 percent of people who've u ...Read More

PHOTO: Iowa motorists are being reminded of the dangers of drunk driving as the holiday travel season begins. Photo credit: Carl Wycoff/Flickr.

DUBUQUE, Iowa - The holidays are a time of fun with family and friends across Iowa, but all too often those festivities turn tragic when a driver gets behind the wheel after drinking. Among those who have had their lives turned upside down by drunk driving is Arlene Victor, whose son and daughter-i ...Read More

PHOTO: Troopers with the Texas Highway Patrol are expected to arrest around 400 drunk drivers over the Thanksgiving weekend. Photo credit: Scott/Flickr.

HOUSTON, Texas - The Texas Highway Patrol will be out in full force for the Thanksgiving weekend, promoting safety and targeting dangerous drivers as the holiday travel season gets under way. One of their main focuses will be on drunk drivers, and John McNamee, executive director with Mothers Again ...Read More

PHOTO: Mothers Against Drunk Driving in Tennessee is reminding people to have a designated sober driver for their holiday festivities. Photo credit: Alan Cleaver/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The holiday season in Tennessee is one of fun with friends and family, but it's also the deadliest time on the roads because of drunk driving. Kate Ritchie, state program director with Mothers Against Drunk Driving in Tennessee, says because of the increased risk, they're once aga ...Read More

PHOTO: Maine could follow in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington in legalizing recreational marijuana use by 2016, according to advocates who have gotten pro-pot initiatives on the ballot in Lewiston and South Portland next month. Photo credit: Mark Scheerer.

PORTLAND, Maine – Maine could follow in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington and legalize recreational marijuana use by 2016, according to advocates who have gotten pro-pot initiatives on the ballot in two Maine cities next month. Voters in Lewiston and South Portland will be able to cas ...Read More

PHOTO: Multiple agencies collaborated on new research that recommends ways Ohio can improve outcomes for children whose parents are addicted to heroin or opiate medications. Photo credit: Dodgerton Skillhause/morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - State leaders have made strides in addressing Ohio's opiate epidemic through new policies, investments and initiatives. But little has been done to address the fallout experienced by the children affected by a parent's addiction. Orman Hall, director of the Governor's Opiate Action ...Read More

PHOTO: Jason Allen of the Wyoming County Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) has testified to the state legislature about his life in the foster care system after substance abuse damaged his family. The Wyoming County SADD group is being honored as one of the best chapters in the nation. Photo courtesy of the Our Children, Our Future Campaign.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – An energetic group of student activists from Wyoming County is receiving national recognition for its efforts against substance abuse. Wyoming County Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) took second in national chapter of the year – that out of 10,000 chapt ...Read More

PHOTO: Purdue University researchers found that among young adults who abuse prescription medication, those who spend time at college bars are more likely to sell them. Photo credit: jdurham/morgufile.

INDIANAPOLIS – As Indiana and other states look for ways to curb an epidemic of prescription medication abuse, new research from Purdue University provides insight into who is selling the drugs. There's been a sharp rise in prescription medication abuse over the past two decades, says Mike V ...Read More

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