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.
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 […]