Calls to poison control centers regarding dietary supplements increased by almost 50 percent between 2005 and 2012, according to a new study. A majority of the calls involved children 6 years old and under.
Tennessee and New Jersey are the latest states to enact legislation prohibiting sales of over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicines containing dextromethorphan to minors. The laws are designed to decrease the abuse rate of these medicines by teens, while maintaining access for legitimate consumers of these products, explains Jenni Roberson of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association.
A new drink debuting in France claims to reduce drunkenness and lessen hangovers but has health experts wary, Fox News reported June 16. The drink, Outox, purports to “greatly speed up” the breakdown of alcohol in the blood, which the company says has been medically tested, though this has not been independently verified. “If someone […]
South Carolina’s recent decision to raise its tax on tobacco products leaves Missouri with the nation’s lowest tax on cigarettes — a situation unlikely to change soon, observers say. St. Louis Public Radio reported June 10 that despite major budget problems and deep cuts in social programs, state lawmakers have not given serious consideration to […]
More than 1,000 drug abuse prevention leaders from across the country will convene in Phoenix, Ariz. on July 26-29, 2010 for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)’s 2010 Mid-Year Training Institute. CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute is the only intensive, coalition-specific training opportunity of its kind, providing in-depth courses specifically designed to address a community leader’s […]
The amount of alcohol you consume seems to be directly related to the drinking habits of your social group, according to a new study. HealthDay News reported April 5 that researchers focused on data from 12,000 participants in the Framingham Heart Study, who were asked about their drinking and social networks over the 30-year span […]
A new $1-per-pack tax on cigarettes is likely to become law in Utah after Gov. Gary Herbert indicated that he would not veto a measure containing the tax legislation, the Salt Lake Tribune reported March 12. State lawmakers incorporated the tax into a budget bill that contains many programs that Herbert — who has pledged […]
A public-service campaign that warns smokers of the danger of impotency with the image of a droopy cigarette has been condemned in conservative Egypt, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Feb. 21. The Ministry of Health ad — placed on every pack of cigarettes sold in the country — warns that, “long-term smoking will affect marital relations,” […]
Citing the risks to the child after birth, a group representing fertility specialists in Europe said that “fertility doctors should refuse treatment to women used to more than moderate drinking and who are not willing or able to minimize their alcohol consumption,” according to a new policy recommendation. Medical News Today reported Jan. 20 that […]
A study of about 10,000 pain patients receiving opioid drugs found that 51 seriously overdosed during a 45-month period, and six died, WebMD reported Jan. 19. Most patients who overdosed were receiving less than 100 mg of opioids daily, but the odds of overdosing were greater among those receiving higher daily doses. Researchers noted that nonfatal […]
University of Pittsburgh chancellor Mark. A. Nordenberg has been named the winner of the 2009 Presidential Leadership Award for his work in “promoting a vibrant intellectual and social campus climate that de-emphasizes the role of alcohol,” according to an announcement from The Gordie Foundation and Outside the Classroom. Nordenberg was recognized for his work in […]
Add avoiding binge drinking to the list of things you can do to prevent catching the swine flu or other infectious diseases: new research shows that excessive drinking can suppress your immune system for up to 24 hours. The BBC reported Sept. 18 that researchers found that binge drinking debilitates virus- and bacteria-fighting proteins called cytokines […]
Some college stadiums are turning to beer sales to improve their bottom line as the economic downturn puts a dent in their other revenues, the Wall Street Journal reported Sept. 12. Fans of the University of Louisville at Lafayette were able to buy beer inside their team’s stadium for the first time this weekend, as […]
Rhode Island Gov. Donald L. Carcieri has vetoed legislation that would have allowed state-licensed centers to sell marijuana to registered patients with chronic and debilitating illnesses, The Providence Journal reported June 13. “Although the intent of the legislation is to allow consenting adults to use marijuana only for medicinal proposes based on illness, the increased […]
Health warnings placed on tobacco product packages are effective, but few countries have adopted an international treaty that mandates such warnings, UPI reported May 21. Tobacco health warnings support the intention to quit tobacco use, discourage the intention to start using, and increase cessation rates, according to research cited in the Centers for Disease Control […]