The Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse is pleased to announce its 33rd Annual AMERSA National Conference to be held on November 5-7, 2009, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bethesda, MD. The meeting will reflect on AMERSA’s interdisciplinary strengths and the commitment to disseminate the latest developments in substance abuse education, prevention, […]
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is now accepting applications for the Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking (STOP) Act Grants, intended to prevent and reduce underage alcohol use.
Children in poor families are more likely to live with multiple adult smokers and therefore are at greater risk of exposure to indoor tobacco smoke, according to a new study. HealthDay News reported April 3 that researcher Michael Weitzman of New York University and colleagues found that 49 percent of children from lower-income households lived […]
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is again urging National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) President Myles Brand to end beer advertisements on college sports broadcasts, citing new research suggesting that the NCAA would survive financially if beer ads were eliminated. Beer ads during the 2008 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament represented a combined $42.8 […]
The Obama administration’s national drug-control strategy will be balanced, science-based, and include a budget containing “proven, effective programs” that will be rigorously assessed and adapted to changing circumstances, Obama drug-czar nominee Gil Kerlikowske told the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. “I will work diligently to ensure that our efforts are supported by a properly balanced […]
In a new national survey, a majority of adult respondents said alcopops contribute to underage drinking and want the flavored alcoholic beverages to carry warning labels, HealthDay News reported April 6. The C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health surveyed 2,100 adults age 21 and older. Fifty-two percent of respondents said that alcopops […]
Mexican President Felipe Calderon voiced his concern that the U.S. government has spent very little of the $1.4 billion promised in 2008 to help combat drug trafficking in Mexico, the Washington Post reported April 5. The deepening drug-related security crisis in Mexico was the focus of the “Merida Initiative,” approved by Congress in July 2007 […]
A new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that fewer adolescents are being exposed to substance-use prevention messages or participating in out-of-school prevention programs. On the other hand, more adolescents said they talked to at least one parent about alcohol and other drugs, the survey found. The population of […]
John Wells, executive producer of the long-running television drama “E.R.” incorporated the alcohol-poisoning death of his 17-year-old niece into the series finale, Fox News reported April 2. In the final episode, “And in the End, Part 1&2,” which aired April 2, 2009, a doctor treats a young teenager admitted for alcohol poisoning after playing drinking […]
AlcoholScreening.org reaches milestone during National Alcohol Awareness Month BOSTON, MA – “Is my drinking risky?” At AlcoholScreening.org, over one million people have now learned the answer to this question by taking a confidential, free online screening to assess their drinking patterns. Visitors to the free health-screening website receive personalized feedback, finding out if their alcohol […]
A new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that binge drinking is most common among whites, men, individuals aged 18-24, and those with an annual income of more than $50,000 annually.
The 62-cent-per-pack federal tax increase on cigarettes — earmarked to fund the expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program — has resulted in a surge in smokers looking for help to quit.
Inspired by attending a previous fundraiser in New York, private-equities manager Dan Fireman has reached out to a number of prominent celebrities for support of the addiction-treatment program Phoenix House, Bloomberg reported March 30. Fireman successfully recruited friends and business associates like Eli Manning, Shaquille O’Neal, Beyonce and Derek Jeter to help support Phoenix House, which […]
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warnings to nine companies to stop manufacturing and shipping unapproved narcotic pain medication, Reuters reported March 31. Boehringer Ingelheim’s Roxane Inc unit, Covidien Ltd’s Mallinckrodt unit and Glenmark Pharmaceuticals all received notice to stop manufacturing unapproved versions of prescription drugs containing morphine, hydromorphone, or oxycodone within 60 days. […]
A measure intended to aid Indiana cities and help Indianapolis fund its sports facilities calls for doubling the state’s tax on alcohol, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reported April 2. The measure, sponsored by Rep. Randy Borror, a Fort Wayne Republican, was attached to a House appropriations bill. In addition to helping the state’s largest […]