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Latest news: 10-6-2009

Vaccines could help treat drug addiction 

Vaccines to help people recover from such addictions as nicotine, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines now appear scientifically and medically achievable after doctors reported Monday that a vaccine to treat cocaine dependence had produced a large enough antibody response to reduce cocaine use in 38% of addicted individuals.

Those results come on the heels of last week's announcement that the federal government would fund a large clinical trial of a nicotine vaccine based on earlier promising studies.

Full story, The Los Angeles Times

EPA releases meth lab cleanup guidelines

Washington, D.C. - EPA has issued a document providing state and local governments technical guidance for methamphetamine lab cleanups. The document, titled Voluntary Guidelines for Methamphetamine Laboratory Cleanup, is based on an extensive review of the best available science and practices for cleanup. Other issues included are best practices for specific items or materials, sampling procedures, and technical resources.

The production and use of meth across the U.S. continues to pose considerable challenges. Although there is a decline in the domestic production of meth in recent years, vigilance is warranted because of the destructive nature of meth and the environmental hazards caused by meth labs.

Full news release, Environmental Protection Agency

Kan. conference to discuss drug-endangered youth

Hutchinson, KS - Helping drug-endangered youths is the topic of 2-day conference taking place later this month.

The gathering opens Oct. 29 with a free public education event in McPherson. A day-long program, titled "Drug Endangered Children: Bringing Disciplines Together," takes place the following day in Hutchinson.

The featured speaker will be Lori Moriarty, executive director of the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children. Moriarty will provide research-based medical information on the emotional and physical harm done to children from meth-addicted families, as well as solutions.

Reno County Deputy District Attorney Thomas Stanton also will be present. Stanton serves on the Kansas Methamphetamine Advisory Council and has received awards for his work in the field.

From NebraskaTV

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