New research suggests that offering cash incentives as part of a program to help cigarette smokers quit significantly increases cessation rates, HealthDay News reported Feb.12. About 900 employees of the General Electric Co. were recruited for the study. They were assigned to either receive information about smoking-cessation programs or to receive information plus financial incentives. […]
The former presidents of Colombia, Brazil and Mexico declared the war on drugs a failure and called for a meaningful debate on alternatives, including more treatment for drug users and legalization, Reuters reported Feb. 11. Drug prohibition has led to increased violence and crowded prisons but has failed to stem trafficking. “The problem today in […]
Some state lawmakers and alcohol industry members say that the poor economy argues against passing laws banning smoking in public spaces because such laws could hurt business, the Associated Press reported Feb. 4. A planned smoking ban at casinos in Atlantic City, N.J., was temporarily shelved as gambling revenues in the city slid, and opponents […]
Police investigating marijuana use by Olympic swimming gold medalist Michael Phelps have filed drug charges against a number of people as they try to build a case against Phelps, the Associated Press reported Feb. 12. Phelps was photographed apparently smoking from a bong at a party near the University of South Carolina last November, and […]
Drug-policy reform groups have organized a consumer boycott against Kellogg Co. — a protest against the company’s decision to end its sponsorship deal with Michael Phelps after the Olympic swimmer was photographed smoking from a bong — the Associated Press reported Feb. 11. The Marijuana Policy Project says thousands of signatures have been gathered on […]
In March of 2008, I had the privilege of sitting a few feet away from the President of the United States as he signed offender reentry legislation — also known as the Second Chance Act — into law. This bill, years in the making, included strong provisions for addiction services and recognized the essential role […]
Three manufacturers of tobacco-based rolling papers are suing the city of Boston over the city’s new tobacco regulations, which include a prohibition on ’blunt wrap’ sales, the Boston Globe reported Feb. 7. The ban, which went into effect this week, also prohibits the sale of cigarettes in pharmacies and in stores on college campuses. However, […]
The relationship between substance abuse counselorsâ€™ perceptions of clinical supervision and their intent to leave employment was studied among programs participating in the National Institute of Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network.
In this study, training in the management of overdose was delivered to staff in drug treatment facilities. These staff then provided opiate-using addiction treatment patients with training in management of overdose and a take-home supply of naloxone.
A study from the Substance Abuse and Mental Heath Services Administration (SAMHSA) says that prescription painkiller misuse among young adults has increased even as non-medical use by teenagers decreased between 2002 and 2007.
Up to one of every three inmates currently in California prisons could be released over the next three years under a federal court order to ease overcrowding, Reuters reported Feb. 10. A three-judge panel ordered that the state cut the prison population by up to 57,000 inmates; the state prison system is currently operated at […]
The agreement by MillerCoors to halt production of its Sparks caffeinated-alcoholic drink last December significantly contributed to a 40-percent drop in the company’s fourth-quarter net income, CNN reported Feb. 10. The company reported net income of $54.1 million, down from $90.7 million a year earlier. However, despite the $65-million write-down on Sparks — which had […]
The drug violence that has swept through Mexico is now becoming more evident on the U.S. side of the border as well, the Associated Press reported Feb. 10. Murder, kidnapping and other violent crimes related to Mexican drug cartels are hitting U.S. cities like Phoenix and Atlanta as well as the border region, law-enforcement officials […]
Like many people with a drinking problem, our nation itself is in denial about what alcohol abuse costs. With a looming ’financial Armageddon’ upon us, it’s time we confront the issue. I started drinking alcohol to excess at the age of 13. Drinking at this tender age is not uncommon. Among my friends, it was […]
Heroin addicts enrolled in programs that provide them with the drug for free may commit fewer crimes and be more likely to enroll in addiction treatment programs, according to a new study by researcher Peter Reuter. The Baltimore Sun reported Feb. 8 that Reuter, a drug-policy researcher at the University of Maryland at College Park, […]
New restrictions will be placed on prescription of two dozen powerful Schedule II narcotic drugs including OxyContin, methadone and morphine, the New York Times reported Feb. 10. The new rules could lead to many doctors losing their prescribing rights of extended-release opioids that are addictive and have high potential for overdose and death if misused. […]
Treatment Research Institute Provides the Science Behind Interactive “How To” Resource Developed by the Partnership for a Drug Free America Parents who feel helpless when they see (or think they see) signs of drug or alcohol use in their kids have a new place to turn, thanks to Time to Act, a science-based multi-media resource […]
The Virginia House of Delegates passed a plan to ban some — but not all — smoking in restaurants and bars, the Washington Post reported Feb. 9. Presently, certain bars and restaurants impose their own smoking rules in Virginia, where one in every five adults smokes cigarettes. If the bill is approved, Virginia will be […]
A new federal cigarette tax increase is complicating efforts by states to use tobacco taxes to plug holes in budgets and fund programs, the Wall Street Journal reported Feb. 8. At least 16 states are considering cigarette tax increases to help cover budget gaps that the National Conference of State Legislatures estimates will total $47.4 […]
Researchers say that young men who smoke marijuana weekly, or who have smoked from their teen years on, face twice the risk of developing nonseminona, an aggressive form of testicular cancer, the Guardian reported Feb. 9. Researchers said the elevated risk compared to nonusers may be due to stimulation of immature testicular cells that can […]
Guinness UK has announced that it will start displaying on glasses the number of standard units of alcohol contained in a pint of the company’s dense brew — 2.3 units per pint — the Guardian reported Feb. 7. A half a million pint glasses are now being distributed to pubs, with the aim of giving […]