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 […]
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.