The driver’s licenses of Californians who have prescriptions for medical marijuana should not be automatically revoked, according to state DMV officials. The Associated Press reported March 4 that a new training memo from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) said that drivers with prescriptions for medical marijuana should be treated the same as if they […]
Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske has been officially announced as President Barack Obama’s “drug czar” by the White House, but unlike his recent predecessors, he will not serve as a member of the president’s Cabinet. “With escalating violence along our Southwest border and far too many suffering from the disease of addiction here at home, […]
Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske has been officially announced as President Barack Obama's “drug czar” by the White House, but unlike his recent predecessors, he will not serve as a member of the president's Cabinet.
The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has created a new website called “Rethinking Drinking,” designed to help users define their drinking patterns and develop strategies and options for dealing with alcohol-related problems, the Wall Street Journal reported March 10. “Most people don’t know what ’drink responsibly’ means — they think it means […]
Some college women may drink excessively to gain the attention of men, but new research from Loyola Marymount University suggests that drunk women are not as attractive to men as women believe. Science Daily reported March 11 that the majority (71 percent) of women surveyed overestimated — by an average of one-and-a-half drinks — the […]
A clinical nutritionist and researcher who helped legitimize alcohol research and showed that alcohol and not poor diet caused cirrhosis of the liver has died. The New York Times reported March 11 that Charles S. Lieber, 78, died this week of stomach cancer. Lieber’s work helped break down the myth that alcoholism could not be […]
The makers of Absolut vodka are rolling out an online ad campaign that stresses moderate use of alcohol, the New York Times reported March 9. The ’Recognize the Moment’ campaign urges drinkers to “enjoy with Absolut responsibility,” and includes a tool that allows individuals to text-message themselves reminders about watching their drinking, video clips on […]
In a new study, researchers have determined that prenatal exposure to cigarette smoking, when combined with a specific genetic variant, places children at increased risk for aggressive behavior and other behavioral problems.
Citing the “ongoing financial downturn and its effect on its long-term reserve funds,” the American Legacy Foundation announced on Feb. 25 that it is suspending its tobacco-control competitive grantmaking program, which will be completely phased out in 2012 once current grant commitments expire. Legacy’s funding will be shifted to “population-based strategies for maximum impact of […]
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will award $34.5 million in grants to support programs that direct offenders with addiction problems to treatment rather than prison, via drug courts.
Smokeless tobacco use by adolescent males in the United States increased over a recent five-year period, HealthDay News reported March 5. According to a new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, smokeless tobacco use among males ages 12-17 increased from 3.4 percent to 4.4 percent between 2002 and 2007. By comparison, […]
Beer with an alcohol content of up to 13.9 percent by volume would be legal for sale in Alabama under a measure approved by the state House of Representatives, the Associated Press reported March 4. The measure was approved on a 49-37 vote and now moves to the Senate, where companion legislation has already been […]
Nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke have twice the risk of major depression as individuals who are not exposed, according to researchers. USA Today reported March 4 that research unveiled at a recent American Psychosomatic Society meeting examined depression rates among nonsmokers exposed to tobacco smoke at work or home, verifying exposure by measuring […]
Backers of a bill that would repeal the remainder of New York's Rockefeller-era drug laws have decided to alter their approach to getting the bill passed in hopes of avoiding charges of being soft on crime.
Legislation that authorizes the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate the sale and marketing of tobacco products has passed a congressional panel and is now headed to a hearing by the full House of Representatives.
Screening and brief intervention (SBI) for addictions and other behavioral problems could save billions in healthcare costs if widely implemented as a component of national healthcare reform. But experts say that the programs need to be introduced in a systemic fashion to be effective and avoid overburdening physicians. Various research studies have shown that SBI […]
Study participants who watched films accompanied by alcohol commercials were more likely to drink beer or wine during the movies than those who viewed the flick minus the alcohol ads, according to researchers. HealthDay News reported March 4 that the study involved 40 young Dutch men ages 18 to 29 who were invited to watch […]
Individuals charged with low-level drug crimes could be diverted to addiction-treatment programs rather than sent to prison under legislation approved this week by Kentucky’s House Judiciary Committee. The Louisville Courier-Journal reported March 5 that the measure would allow offenders to get up to 18 months of treatment in county jails or at community-based programs; those […]
The North Carolina House Health Committee has approved a bill that would ban smoking in most public places — a significant step in the home state of Tobacco Road. The Associated Press reported March 3 that the health committee approved the measure on a voice vote and sent it to a legal committee for consideration. […]