To determine what patient characteristics and healthcare use patterns are associated with adherence to treatment for alcohol use disorders, researchers analyzed pharmacy records to determine prescription adherence to oral naltrexone.
Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera made Forbes magazine’s “self-made” billionaires list, sparking outrage in Mexico, CNN reported March 14. The magazine ranked Guzman Loera, a wanted criminal in Mexico, at number 701 on their annual list; his net worth was estimated at $1 billion. Guzman Loera escaped from prison in 2001 and […]
New laws designed to restrict alcohol sales in France are a direct result of a recent spike in what is being referred to as “le binge drinking” by French youth, the Guardian reported March 13. The legislation — which would raise the minimum purchase age for alcohol and tobacco from 16 to 18 — was […]
Joint research conducted by an addiction treatment program and a state addiction agency found that providers could cut out up to six hours of unnecessary paperwork per patient without compromising patient care or administration needs. Researcher Deni Carise, Ph.D., of the Treatment Research Institute and colleagues said that paperwork related to a typical inpatient stay […]
States’ efforts to fight smoking have been uneven, which may explain why smoking rates in some states have declined twice as fast as in others, HealthDay News reported March 12. A new report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concluded that state-to-state variations in tobacco-control programs and tobacco-marketing programs explain why adult […]
The identification of DNA-sequence variations in a new study of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has researchers theorizing that genetic influences may explain why one-quarter of smokers develop the disease while the rest aren’t afflicted, HealthDay News reported March 11. Researchers from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and Saint Louis University examined a […]
Lawmakers in Rhode Island are considering whether to allow licensed dispensaries to provide medical marijuana, the Providence Journal reported March 5. Legislators passed a bill legalizing medical marijuana two years ago, but did not specify how individuals could legally obtain the drug. State Rep. Thomas Slater and Sen. Rhonda Perry have proposed a bill that would […]
Researchers who studied assault cases in Philadelphia concluded that people have a significantly higher chance of being shot near stores that sell alcohol to go, HealthDay News reported March 11. University of Pennsylvania researcher Charles C. Branas and colleagues noted that violence seemed to be associated with only to-go outlets, not bars or taverns. “Individuals […]
At least two of Mexico’s three leading drug cartels may be negotiating a truce as they try to fend off a government crackdown, Fox News reported March 12. Experts say the Sinaloa and Gulf cartels may be seeking an alliance rather than continuing to fight each other over drug smuggling routes and markets. “We’ve seen […]
Legislators in Oregon have introduced a bill authorizing the state to grow and distribute marijuana for medical-marijuana patients, the Oregon Statesman Journal reported March 12. The legislation requires that the state establish and operate a marijuana-production facility and be responsible for the distribution of the drug to pharmacies, which would then dispense marijuana to medical-use […]
Patients who participated in an eight-week smoking cessation program stayed smoke-free one year after surgery and suffered half as many post-operative complications, according to new research from Sweden. Science Daily reported March 12 that researchers at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute studied patients who smoked and were scheduled to have general or orthopedic surgeries. Patients received either […]
Investing in addiction prevention programs yields a 10-1 return for society, according to researchers from Iowa State University (ISU) who studied the Iowa Strengthening Families Program and the Life Skills Training Program. Researchers Richard Spoth, Ph.D., and Max Guyll, Ph.D. detailed findings from the “Prevention’s Cost Effectiveness: Illustrative Economic Benefits of General Population Interventions” and […]
A bill to revamp Utah’s restrictive alcohol laws has passed the state House of Representatives and Senate, KCPW News reported March 12. The measure would eliminate private club membership as a prerequisite for buying a drink in a bar, as well as making it easier to purchase alcoholic drinks in restaurants. It passed the House […]
Texas needle-exchange programs would be protected from prosecution under legislation recently approved by the state Senate Health and Human Services Committee. The Houston Chronicle reported March 3 that the committee voted 5-1 in favor of the bill, which would stop district attorneys from prosecuting programs that have been approved by the state. That includes a […]
“Middle-of-the-road” legislation to reform New York’s Rockefeller-era drug laws has been proposed by Gov. David Paterson in an attempt to win bipartisan support for reforming mandatory-minimum drug sentences in the state, the New York Times reported March 11. Democrats in the state Assembly have pushed their own reform measure but are fearful that Republicans will […]
Thousands of people have died since the Mexican government began a crackdown on drug cartels two years ago, but government officials say the violence is actually a sign of progress as trafficking gangs fight over smaller scraps of the drug business, the Associated Press reported March 11. “This is not reflecting the power of these […]
Thousands of people have died since the Mexican government began a crackdown on drug cartels two years ago, but government officials say the violence is actually a sign of progress as trafficking gangs fight over smaller scraps of the drug business.
In Sweden, more women smoke cigarettes than men, but a public smoking ban has led growing numbers of women to begin using ’snus’ smokeless tobacco, Bloomberg reported March 10. National studies show that daily snus use among women rose to 4 percent in 2007, up from 0.6 percent in 1988 and 1989. One-fifth of Sweden’s […]
An aggressive legislative package proposed by New Mexico Attorney General Gary King to fight underage drinking includes banning alcoholic energy drinks, classifying and taxing flavored malt beverages as liquor products, and allowing local communities to impose their own alcohol taxes. “The alcohol industry wants everyone in society to absorb the cost of abuse of their […]
An aggressive legislative package proposed by New Mexico Attorney General Gary King to fight underage drinking includes banning alcoholic energy drinks, classifying and taxing flavored malt beverages as liquor products, and allowing local communities to impose their own alcohol taxes.
The Rev. Joseph C. Martin, founder of Father Martin’s Ashley treatment program and author of the book ’Chalk Talks on Alcohol,’ died this week of heart failure at age 84. The Los Angeles Times reported March 10 that Martin, a recovering alcoholic since 1958, founded Father Martin’s Ashley 25 years ago in Havre de Grace, […]
Drug-policy reform organizations are slamming the United Nations for moving to renew its commitment to a global anti-drug strategy they say has been a failure, Reuters reported March 10. A new drug-strategy declaration from the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is expected to be signed this week, but critics say the document perpetuates […]
Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell is “rethinking” a proposal to extend drinking hours at the state’s two casinos in the wake of a college student’s death in an automobile accident that police attribute to drunken driving, the Hartford Courant reported March 9. Rell and Republican legislators had proposed extending drinking hours at the Foxwoods and […]