Economic considerations are driving TV networks to broaden their acceptance of advertising for alcohol products, the Los Angeles Times reported Feb. 13. Local CBS affiliates in Los Angeles and 14 other cities aired ads for Absolut Vodka during the Grammy Awards broadcast earlier this month, the first time in years that hard-liquor ads have been […]
Law-enforcement agencies in California can apply for grants of up to $100,000 to address alcohol-related problems through comprehensive alcoholic-beverage control programs, including education, prevention and enforcement.
Seattle Police Chief R. Gil Kerlikowske will be the Obama administration’s nominee as the next director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the White House has confirmed. Multiple sources in the field also expect Tom McLellan, Ph.D., cofounder and CEO of the Treatment Research Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, to be […]
Legislation to ban drinking games like beer pong and flip cup in Baltimore bars is now off the table after beer-pong enthusiasts rallied opposition to the bill, the Baltimore Sun reported Feb. 11. State Sen. George Della Jr. withdrew the bill this week after receiving a flurry of emails from drinking-game supporters. “We’re getting inundated […]
The Center for Science in the Public Interest’s Campaign for Alcohol-Free Sports TV has teamed up with Media Literacy for Prevention, Critical Thinking, Self-Esteem, to provide educators with a free classroom lesson encouraging students to analyze beer ads aired during this year’s NCAA “March Madness” college basketball tournament. The lesson asks students to watch 1 […]
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and the Media Literacy for Prevention, Critical Thinking, Self-Esteem, have created a free classroom lesson plan encouraging students to analyze beer commercials aired during this year's NCAA “March Madness” college basketball tournament.
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a total of $296,800 to nine nonprofit groups in Appalachia for alcohol and other drug prevention projects. Grantees came from Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, New York, and Tennessee. ARC is better known as an economic- and infrastructure-development organization. But as ARC co-chair Anne B. Pope noted, “We are […]
A proposed boost in criminal-justice funding that is sometimes used for drug treatment and prevention was among the victims of a bipartisan package of cuts to the Congress’ economic-stimulus legislation, CNN reported Feb. 7. A group of Senators trimmed more than $90 billion from the now $789-billion stimulus plan in order to win sufficient support […]
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.