Attorney General Jeff Sessions voiced support this week for bringing back the anti-drug program D.A.R.E. The program has been criticized for not providing effective results, the New York Daily News reports.
Schools in two states are starting to use new programs designed to fight prescription painkiller abuse, Reuters reports. The programs, being rolled out in Illinois and Pennsylvania, are designed for middle school and high school students.
An increase in prescription drug overdoses among young whites, and higher rates of smoking among less educated white women, may be contributing to the decline in life expectancy for white Americans with lower levels of education.
Fourteen colleges and universities announced this week they have banded together to fight binge drinking. The institutions, including Dartmouth, Cornell, Duke, Boston University, Northwestern, Princeton and Stanford, plan to test and measure new strategies and share their results with other colleges.
More comprehensive education is needed for opioid prescribers, two experts write this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). They also call for adoption of guidelines on opioid prescribing from the American Academy of Pain Medicine.
New research suggests that smoking is less prevalent in communities of color, and, among those who smoke, racial and ethnic “minorities” are more likely to be “light” smokers — but may find it harder to quit, UPI reported Mar. 9. The study relied on census data from adults age 20 to 64. Among other things, the results […]
The federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has temporarily banned five chemicals whose effects mimic marijuana, following through on an announcement it made last November, NPR reported March 1. NPR said over 3,000 calls were made to poison control centers “since last year” related to “fake pot.” Side effects of using the products, as reported by emergency […]
Recession penny-pinching and the homemade food fad are driving more Americans — from hobbyists to trendy hipster kids — to make homemade liquor, or moonshine, the BBC reported July 18. As many as a million Americans make their own distilled liquor, experts believe, even though it’s a felony crime that carries with it a $15,000 […]
Soldiers of the First Armored Division’s Fourth Brigade are statistically at higher risk of death upon returning to their home base of Fort Bliss, Texas, than they were while deployed in Iraq, the New York Times reported July 14. Drunk-driving crashes, drug use, suicide and murder contributed to more deaths during the brigade’s last return […]
A small research study suggests that violent men with drinking problems can be treated successfully with a combination of addiction counseling, behavioral therapy, and antidepressants, Reuters reported July 9. The study of treatments for domestic abusers found that adding Prozac to the treatment regimen worked better than treating the men with alcohol counseling and behavioral therapy […]
High-school students who face mandatory drug testing may be less likely to use drugs in the short term, but the protective effect doesn’t last, according to a new U.S. Department of Education study. USA Today reported July 18 that a survey of students at 36 schools found that 16.5 percent of students who attended schools […]
At least 2.7 percent of Afghanistan’s adult population is addicted to heroin or opium, according to a study by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Reuters Health reported June 21. The world’s largest exporter of raw opium for heroin joins Iran and Russia as the world’s biggest consumers of the drug per […]
A former commissioner of the FDA urged the agency to use its new tobacco-regulation powers to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes to a sub-addicting level, the Washington Post reported June 17. David Kessler praised the FDA’s regulatory actions to date but called their impact “marginal” compared to the “200,000 to 300,000 lives a year” he […]
The New York Post is warning that another 9-11 could be coming unless we cut cigarette taxes. Writer Deroy Murdock says that Islamic terror groups are getting money by smuggling cigarettes from low-tax states like Virginia to high-tax ones like New York. Ergo, New York’s tobacco tax should be frozen or cut, says Murdock.
Here’s a better idea: raise Virginia’s tobacco tax in the name of fighting terrorism.
The ability of poker players to stay at the table for hours on end is aided in many cases by the use of drugs, according to researchers. HealthDay News reported June 3 that a study found that four of five poker players surveyed used some type of illicit or legal drug to gain an edge, […]
Just under half of California residents express some level of support for a ballot measure that would legalize marijuana in the state, according to a new poll. The Los Angeles Times reported May 31 that the L.A. Times/USC poll found that 49 percent of voter support the measure, while 41 percent oppose it and 10 […]
College students are more likely to drink and drive after they reach the legal drinking age of 21, according to researchers from the University of Maryland School of Public Health. The Los Angeles Times reported May 31 that researchers followed 1,253 students over their four-year college career and found that while just 20 percent of […]
The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) has recommended that doctors screen all of their young patients for alcohol use starting in middle school, the Wausau Daily Herald reported May 15. The AAP Committee on Substance Abuse released a revised policy statement on youth alcohol use on May 1. “A remarkable amount of brain development is […]
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) sometimes manifests itself as an inability to understand the consequences of one’s actions, a fact that has U.S. courts struggling to reconcile the medical science with justice in a number of criminal cases, the Chicago Tribune reported May 9. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia […]
A measure signed into law in Oklahoma would allow restaurant owners to recoup up to half of the cost of building special ventilated smoking rooms, Business Week reported May 9. The Clean Air in Restaurants Act is intended to provide an incentive for eateries to go smoke-free. The rebate offer is good through January 2013. […]
Recent reports based on confidential government data indicate that deaths resulting from the Mexican government’s three-year attack against drug cartels far exceed previously cited estimates. The death toll from the soaring violence exceeds 22,000, well more than the figure of approximately 18,000 often used by Mexican media, the Los Angeles Times reported April 14. The […]