A new study finds that homeless shelters that allow alcoholic residents to continue to drink alcohol can save taxpayers money and still facilitate declines in alcohol consumption. Reuters reported March 31 that the study from Mary Larimer of the University of Washington and colleagues found that homeless alcoholics admitted to shelters without being forced to […]
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will award $3.8 million in grants under the Family Centered Substance Abuse Treatment Grants for Adolescents and their Families program.
The largest-ever federal cigarette tax increase, which adds 61.6 cents to the price of a pack this week, has left smokers feeling “picked on” by the federal government, CNN reported April 1. President Barack Obama approved the tax increase in February, and the new levy will go into effect Wednesday, increasing the cigarette tax to […]
The federal Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) will award $8.2 million in grants under the Offender Reentry Program, designed to “expand and/or enhance substance abuse treatment and related recovery and reentry services to sentenced juvenile and adult offenders returning to the community from incarceration for criminal/juvenile offenses.”
There have been no confirmed cases of the Lebanon-based Islamist group Hezbollah moving terrorists across the Mexico border to carry out attacks in the United States, but a former DEA official says that the group is working with Mexican drug cartels and has already used their smuggling routes to get supporters into the U.S., the […]
Fifteen grants of up to $1,000 each will be awarded to service-learning projects focused on underage drinking prevention and vehicle safety, via a partnership between the State Farm insurance company and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
A new breed of “extreme beers” — full-bodied bitters with up to 12 percent alcohol and names like Punk IPA and Speed Ball — are raising concerns with U.K. health officials already grappling with huge societal drinking problems, the Independent reported March 28. “In the U.S. over the past five years there has been an […]
A new breed of “extreme beers” — full-bodied bitters with up to 12 percent alcohol and names like Punk IPA and Speed Ball — are raising concerns with U.K. health officials already grappling with huge societal drinking problems.
President Obama’s new plan to win the war in Afghanistan will include sending scores of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents to coordinate attacks on the country’s lucrative opium trade, which provides a large chunk of the Taliban’s financing. The Associated Press reported March 30 that a total of 80 DEA agents will soon be working […]
A study from Finland concludes that repeated motivational counseling sessions following hospitalization for alcohol-associated pancreatitis are more effective in preventing further episodes than a single session delivered at discharge, Reuters reported March 26. Researchers assigned 120 patients who had suffered alcohol-associated acute pancreatitis to repeated anti-alcohol sessions or a one-time-only conversation. An initial, 30-minute anti-alcohol […]
For decades alcohol industry lobbyists have succeeded in derailing most attempts to raise state alcohol taxes, but the lousy economy has many cash-hungry states now considering alcohol-tax increases — in some cases, to help pay for addiction treatment services as well as address budget deficits. Serious proposals for increasing alcohol taxes are on the table […]
People who want to get public assistance would need to submit to drug testing under legislation proposed by a number of state lawmakers, the Associated Press reported March 26. “Nobody’s being forced into these assistance programs,” said Craig Blair, a Republican West Virginia lawmakers who has introduced a bill that would require testing for illicit […]
New research suggests that women who stop smoking before their 15th week of pregnancy reduce their risk of giving birth prematurely and delivering small babies — providing a window for doctors to counsel women in early pregnancy to quit before any damage is done to their unborn children.
Heavy social drinkers who took the addiction-treatment drug naltrexone were more likely to cut down on their smoking as well as drinking, according to researchers from the University of Chicago. Reuters reported March 26 that a study of 78 nonalcoholic social drinkers found that 80 percent of those who drank more heavily and who received […]
In a significant defeat for tobacco maker Philip Morris, the U.S. Supreme Court has dismissed the company’s appeal of a $79.5-million punitive-damages award in a closely watched Oregon wrongful-death case. Dow Jones reported March 31 that the high court dismissed the case without comment after having sent the case back to the Oregon Supreme Court […]
Officials in U.S. border towns, battered by an increase in Mexican drug cartel-related violence, are proposing drug decriminalization as a way to stem the rise in drug-related killings, CNN reported March 20. “It’s the least worst option to ending the cartel violence,” said Robert O’Rourke, an El Paso, Texas city councilman. “I thought our drug laws […]
President Barack Obama said no when asked by an online audience whether he would legalize, tax and regulate marijuana in order to boost the U.S. economy, the New York Times reported March 27. Obama’s recent online town hall meeting included a mix of questions from a live audience and the most popular questions among 100,000 […]
The Connecticut Senate Majority Leader is the main sponsor of a bill that would decriminalize possession of up to an ounce of marijuana, which supporters say would save up to $11 million a year in police, court, and jail expenses. The Connecticut Post reported March 25 that Senate Majority Leader Martin M. Looney, a New […]
Medical-marijuana legislation is receiving more support than usual in the Illinois legislature and may have a chance of passing, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported March 29. An Illinois House of Representatives committee approved the bill last month and the state House and Senate are debating measures that would allow patients to use marijuana to alleviate […]
The New Hampshire House of Representatives has approved a bill that would legalize medical use of marijuana, the Nashua Telegraph reported March 26. The bill, which passed on a 234-137 vote, will now be sent to the state Senate for review. It allows caregivers or eligible patients to possess six marijuana plants and up to […]
Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) is calling for a ban on 'e-cigarettes' — electronic nicotine delivery-devices that resemble normal cigarettes but don't burn tobacco — until the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) certifies that they are safe.
Massachusetts towns are enacting bylaws that impose fines for public smoking of marijuana â€“ a tactic that advocates consider an effort to subvert the will of voters who overwhelmingly approved marijuana decriminalization in the Commonwealth last fall.