The Hazelden Foundation Center for Public Advocacy has taken over marketing of the key programs and products of the Johnson Institute, a venerable resource center for the addiction and recovery community. “The Johnson Institute has pioneered many of the intervention and training tools used across the country today to help people find hope and healing […]
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has announced that it will award approximately a dozen Statewide Consumer Network Grants of up to $70,000 each, with total program funding estimated at $840,000 in FY2009.
National nonprofit organizations may apply for funding under the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's FY 09 Recovery Act National Youth Mentoring Programs, part of the economic stimulus package recently passed by Congress.
The top health official in Great Britain has called for alcohol price controls to combat the nation’s binge-drinking epidemic, but Prime Minister Gordon Brown quickly quashed the idea, the Associated Press reported March 17. “Cheap alcohol is killing us as never before,” said Chief Medical Officer Liam Donaldson, who called for raising taxes by 70 […]
Middle-school students have found a new use for Smarties candy — “smoking” them. The Wall Street Journal reported March 20 that students are crushing the sugary candy discs into a powder, tearing off one end of the cellophane wrapper, pouring the powder into their mouths, and then blowing the dust out of their mouths and […]
Beverage makers are ignoring California’s new law taxing sweet ’alcopop’ drinks as liquor — saying the tax doesn’t apply to their products — and the state has been stymied in its attempts to get information on alcopop ingredients, the Los Angeles Times reported March 16. The law, passed last year, calls for drinks that get […]
Richard Holbrooke, the Obama administration’s envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, has harshly criticized the antidrug strategy being implemented in the region, indicating that significant changes may be on the way. “The United States alone is spending over $800 million a year on counter-narcotics. We have gotten nothing out of it, nothing,” said Holbrooke. “It is […]
Beverage makers are ignoring California's new law taxing sweet 'alcopop' drinks as liquor — saying the tax doesn't apply to their products — and the state has been stymied in its attempts to get information on alcopop ingredients.
Five percent of all individuals in addiction treatment programs are primarily addicted to prescription drugs, up from just 1 percent in 1997, HealthDay News reported March 17. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) said in its Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) 2007 report that of 1.8 million treatment admissions studied, 40 percent […]
Raids on legitimate medical-marijuana dispensaries — common during the Bush administration — will end in states like California and Oregon where use of the drug is legal for medical purposes, according to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. The New York Times reported March 19 that Holder said that enforcement efforts would focus instead on drug […]
California authorities have charged Anna Nicole Smith’s boyfriend, Howard Kevin Stern, and her doctors with illegally supplying Smith with prescription drugs, the Los Angeles Times reported March 13. Stern and doctors Sandeep Kapoor and Khristine Eroshevich have been charged with conspiring to “commit the crimes of prescribing, administering and dispensing controlled substances to an addict” […]
The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) is calling for greater international cooperation, regulation and law enforcement to prevent online drug trafficking. Reuters reported March 17 that the INCB suggested a variety of measures, including regulatory and legislative action, to prevent Internet sales of controlled substances without a prescription. Better cooperation between governments also is necessary […]
Both houses of the Montana legislature have approved a bill that would limit sales of energy drinks that contain alcohol, the Billings Gazette reported March 14. House lawmakers voted 54-44 in favor of a measure that would restrict sales of alcoholic energy drinks to liquor stores. The bill, introduced by Sen. Carol Juneau, previously was […]
Kansas lawmakers have tabled a bill that would have imposed a statewide indoor-smoking ban, likely killing the measure for this year’s legislative session. The Associated Press reported March 18 that the Kansas House Health and Human Services Committee said it needed more information on the bill, which previously passed the state Senate on a 26-13 […]
New research suggests that the naturally occurring endocannabinoid anandamide (AEA) — a compound similar to marijuana’s active ingredient, THC — could be manipulated to treat pain and alleviate marijuana dependence. Researchers at Stony Brook University in New York found that by inhibiting specific fatty acid binding proteins (FABPs), which transport AEA, they were able to […]
A new report based upon the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) found that fewer adolescents are trying inhalants like glue, lighter fluid and other common substances, but the overall number of inhalant abusers has not declined, the Associated Press reported March 16. The report said that about 1 million youth ages 12 […]
Many therapeutic communities adhere to a drug-free philosophy and refuse to admit patients receiving methadone maintenance treatment (MMT). Researchers compared outcomes in patients receiving MMT and patients not receiving MMT who participated in a 12-month treatment program for opioid dependence.