Alcohol industry lobbyists assailed a Maryland bill restricting the sale of alcopops to establishments with distilled spirit licenses, the Baltimore Sun reported Feb. 24. The bill (HB 1180), sponsored by Del. William Bronrott (D-Montgomery County), would limit sales of flavored malt beverages to businesses with distilled spirits licenses — essentially prohibiting some 1,400 beer-and-wine retailers such […]
An increasing number of current and former New Hampshire law enforcement officers are joining a Massachusetts-based nonprofit drug legalization organization called Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), MSNBC reported Feb. 22. Members of LEAP support drug-policy reform, contending that drug legalization would put the dealers out of business and allow the government to control the legal purchase […]
Vancouver, British Columbia has been hit by a wave of killings that officials blame on the region’s booming drug trade. The Canadian Press reported Feb. 19 that a dozen shootings over a recent span of 16 days were tied to a shrinking drug market, which has increased competition and violence between gangs. In an incident […]
A state representative in Louisiana has filed legislation that would require special license plates and driver’s licenses for individuals convicted of drug-related offenses, the News-Star reported Feb. 16. Under the proposal presented by Rep. Rickey Hardy (D-Lafayette), individuals who have two or more convictions for distributing drugs would have to pay for a bright orange […]
The International Narcotics Control Board's annual report includes a warning against potent pot and calls for greater controls on Internet pharmacies, but also says that opiate-based painkillers need to be made more available globally.
A researcher studying the effect of supervised injection sites on Montreal and Vancouver communities found no relation between providing heroin to drug addicts at medically supervised clinics and neighborhood crime, the Montreal Gazette reported Feb. 18. Serge Brochu from the University of Montreal’s School of Criminology studied neighborhoods in Montreal and Vancouver that hosted the […]
A Carlsbad, New Mexico beer distributor has covered up a welcome sign that read: “Bud Light: Our kind of town,” after two organizations expressed concerns that it encouraged drinking and driving, the Carlsbad Current-Argus News reported Feb. 17. Keep Carlsbad Beautiful and the Eddy County DWI program petitioned L&F Distributors, an Anheuser-Busch wholesaler, to remove the […]
DALLAS — 60 Minutes, CBS’s weekly newsmagazine, aired a story [Feb. 22] on underage drinking focused on the significant problem of binge drinking on college campuses but did not include peer-reviewed scientific data showing lives are being saved on and off the roadways. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) National President, Laura Dean-Mooney, said, “Lowering the […]
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a new report that details the amount of grant money the agency gives to each state alongside data on state alcohol and other drug use and other information. The “State in Brief” reports cover all 50 states plus the District of Columbia. Also included are […]
Mental-health professionals have been donating their time to provide counseling to veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, PNN Online reported Feb. 18. The group Give an Hour has organized 3,600-plus mental-health professionals who have given more than 12,000 hours in services to veterans, including face-to-face counseling, phone consultations, education and outreach. The […]
The ’winners’ at the ’Hackademy Awards’ differed from the films honored at this week’s Oscars — and the recipients didn’t show up to pick up their awards. But the name of the program, designed to raise awareness about smoking in movies, didn’t sit well with the organizers of the Academy Awards. The Los Angeles Times […]
Lost productivity and treatment for mental illness, substance abuse and behavioral problems in American youth add up to $247 billion annually, according to a panel assembled by the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine, Reuters reported Feb. 13. The panel, which gives recommendations to U.S. policymakers, examined the financial burden from mental illness, drug […]
Officials in Colombia expect President Barack Obama to continue to send billions of dollars south to battle cocaine trafficking, contending that the alternative is more drugs on U.S. streets, Reuters reported Feb. 21. The Bush administration directed more than $5 billion at Plan Colombia, which focused on aiding Colombia’s military in drug interdiction and eradication […]
New research from Stanford University suggests that a drug used to treat nausea may be effective in combating withdrawal from opioid drugs, U.S. News and World Report reported Feb. 20. Researchers testing mice found that the drug ondansetron (Zofran) blocks certain 5-HT3 receptors involved in withdrawal. The researchers proceeded to test eight non-opioid-dependent human volunteers. […]
The 'winners' at the 'Hackademy Awards' differed from the films honored at this week's Oscars — and the recipients didn't show up to pick up their awards. But the name of the program designed to raise awareness about smoking in movies, didn't sit well with the organizers of the Academy Awards.
Cigarette smoke can cause the body’s immune system to attack lung tissue, causing damage that can lead to respiratory diseases, according to research from the University of Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Feb. 17 that researchers led by Michael Borchers examined genetically modified mice to study the link between cigarette exposure, the immune system, and […]
A new report issued by a coalition of public-health organizations says that Big Tobacco is targeting women and girls with aggressive marketing campaigns that only new legislation from Congress can help address. The “Deadly in Pink: Big Tobacco Steps Up Its Targeting of Women and Girls” report says that the two largest tobacco companies in the […]
The Prisoner’s Family Conference is an opportunity for all who work with and serve children and families, as well as those in professions addressing issues affecting the prisoner’s family, to learn together and initiate action to elevate the prisoners’ family to integral, valuable and valued membership in the mainstream community. The conference will take place February […]
A new report issued by a coalition of public-health organizations says that Big Tobacco is targeting women and girls with aggressive marketing campaigns that only new legislation from Congress can help address.
The Prisoner's Family Conference is an opportunity for all who work with and serve children and families, as well as those in professions addressing issues affecting the prisonerâ€™s family, to learn together and initiate action to elevate the prisoners' family to integral, valuable and valued membership in the mainstream community.
The American Legacy Foundation’s ’truth’ youth smoking-prevention campaign saved far more money than it cost and was credited with preventing nearly half a million teens from starting to smoke, according to a new study. Researcher Matthew Farrelly, Ph.D., and colleagues from the RTI International’s Public Health Policy Research Program estimated that the $245 million spent […]