Florida’s plan to raid a tobacco endowment fund to plug state budgetary gaps is the most recent example of money from the nationwide tobacco settlement being used by states for non health-related purposes, the New York Times reported Jan. 13. Experts say the current recession puts settlement funds at even greater risk, and that states […]
NEW YORK, NY — The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA)* at Columbia University announced today that Join Together will be merged into CASA and David L. Rosenbloom, Ph.D., will become the President and Chief Executive Officer of CASA on May 1, 2009, succeeding Joseph A. Califano, Jr., the former U.S. Secretary of […]
President-elect Barack Obama has selected William Corr, executive director of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, to serve as deputy secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the New York Times reported Jan 14. Corr, who was a member of Obama’s transition team, served as chief of staff at the Department of Health […]
A study of 1,700 smokers concludes that those who smoke menthol cigarettes have more difficulty quitting, possibly because they take in more nicotine and carbon monoxide than smokers of other types of cigarettes. The study from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey found that smokers of menthol cigarettes — notably blacks and […]
The city council in El Paso, Texas last week unanimously called for a debate on drug legalization in the face of rising border violence, but backed off its resolution after a mayoral veto and pressure from federal and state lawmakers. The Houston Chronicle reported Jan. 13 that the El Paso City Council voted 8-0 in […]
The use of long-term opioid agonist and partial agonist medication is often reserved for older opioid-dependent individuals, while a brief detoxification with medication or medication-free treatment is offered to younger individuals. In a randomized trial, researchers evaluated the efficacy of buprenorphine-naloxone tapers of 2 versus 12 weeks in younger subjects.
Substance use during pregnancy remains a serious problem. This study examined whether Early Start, a coordinated program of prenatal substance abuse screening, treatment, and patient/provider education improved perinatal outcomes.
Brief intervention (BI) can decrease alcohol consumption among some patients with nondependent unhealthy use. But does BI have efficacy for illicit drugs? The World Health Organization published the first randomized trial of drug BI.
The role of individual substances on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease progression has been a complicated puzzle. This study looks at the impact of crack cocaine use among HIV-positive women in the Women's Interagency Cohort Study between 1996 and 2004, the era of highly active antiretroviral therapy.
Patients in treatment for substance use disorders have a high prevalence of smoking. Treating nicotine dependence in substance abuse treatment (SAT) settings, however, is uncommon. Researchers conducted a randomized trial to evaluate the effectiveness of a smoking cessation intervention in SAT programs.
Studies of persons with hypertension have demonstrated a reduction in blood pressure if heavy alcohol consumption is reduced or eliminated, but few studies have focused on persons who met criteria for alcohol dependence. This large, multi-center study of alcohol dependence treatment analyzed data over a 16-week treatment period.
New York's Medicaid program has long hindered comprehensive treatment for people with co-occurring addiction and mental-health problems, but now the state is training more counselors to provide services to dually diagnosed patients.
Needle-exchange programs have been credited with saving many lives by preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS among injection-drug users, but some counselors at the harm-reduction programs have been fatally tempted by easy availability of heroin.
The state of New Mexico will issue ID cards to medical-marijuana users, allow qualified patients to grow their own marijuana, and permit nonprofit groups to produce and distribute the drug to medical users under final regulations released last week.
In an effort to encourage soldiers to seek addiction treatment, military officials have proposed to eliminate the requirement that commanding officers be notified if a soldier seeks voluntary counseling, USA Today reported Jan. 11. The hope is that dropping the requirement will “reduce the stigma associated with seeking mental-health care and to encourage more soldiers […]
Half of all prison inmates are dependent on drugs — including many incarcerated on non drug-related offenses — but less than 20 percent get the treatment they need, according to a new report from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). “Addiction is a stigmatized disease that the criminal justice system often fails to view […]
The federal government and most U.S. states have failed to adopt policies that would protect the public from tobacco-related illnesses, according to a new ’report card’ from the American Lung Association. The State of Tobacco Control report gave the federal government “F” grades on three critical measures: regulation of tobacco products, coverage of cessation products, […]
New research from Duke University shows that visual cues — such as images of people smoking — may promote relapse among those trying to quit, MSNBC reported Jan. 6. Scientists looked at scans of smokers’ brains before and 24 hours after participants stopped smoking and were exposed to images of others smoking. Researcher Joseph McClernon […]
A bill to reauthorize a popular children’s health insurance program is expected to be ready for President-elect Obama’s signature soon after the inauguration, the Associated Press reported Jan. 9. Federal funding for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) is scheduled to expire on March 31, but House Democrats said they are scheduling a vote […]
The U.S. government is prepared to increase Border Patrol and possibly military law enforcement as part of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) plan to deal with drug-related violence spilling across the border with Mexico.
Mexico’s bloody war with drug traffickers was at the top of the agenda as President-elect Barack Obama met with Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Monday, Reuters reported Jan. 12. It is traditional for incoming U.S. presidents to meet with their Mexican counterparts prior to taking office, but the Obama-Calderon meeting was slated to be more […]
The U.S. government is prepared to increase Border Patrol and possibly military law enforcement as part of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) plan to deal with drug-related violence spilling across the border with Mexico, the New York Times reported Jan. 8. Michael Chertoff, secretary of DHS, said that the steady increase in violence from […]