Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) has introduced legislation that would make addiction treatment more available to members of the military and provide more privacy protections to service members who seek help for alcohol and other drug problems, Stars and Stripes reported Feb. 2. The Support for Substance Use Disorders Act is aimed in part at the […]
Marijuana is a staple product for Mexico’s violent drug cartels, and traffickers are increasingly growing pot inside the U.S. to avoid getting caught smuggling at the U.S.-Mexico border, the New York Times reported Feb. 2. There is still plenty of smuggling at the border: Mexican cartels tunnel under the border fence and even use ramps […]
Profits from the illegal narcotics trade are being laundered through bank deposits and stock investments as organized crime exploits the current global financial situation, according to a top United Nations antidrug official.
U.S. delegates to a United Nations drug summit are blocking an agreement that would include support for anti-drug harm-reduction strategies like needle exchanges, which were opposed by the Bush administration but supported by President Barack Obama.
Methylphenidate, sold as Ritalin for treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, causes changes to neurons in the reward areas of the brain similar to those seen in cocaine users, according to new research from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
The suicide rate among U.S. soldiers reached a 30-year high in 2008, surpassing the civilian rate for the first time since the Vietnam War, the New York Times reported Jan. 30. The U.S. Army reported at least 128 suicides among soldiers serving in the Army, Army Reserve and National Guard, with the number likely to […]
The liquor industry experienced significant losses in revenue in 2008, with more people limiting their alcohol intake and fewer people drinking in bars and restaurants, the Associated Press reported Jan. 31. Despite popular belief that the alcohol industry can weather tough economic times more than other businesses, the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. (DISCUS) said that the […]
Smoking a single marijuana joint is equivalent to smoking 2.5 to 5 cigarettes in terms of damage to the lungs, largely due to differences in how pot and cigarette users smoke, according to researchers.
The $819-billion economic stimulus plan recently approved by the House of Representatives included tax cuts, aid to states and a myriad of other spending from infrastructure improvement to job programs — but not the direct funding for alcohol and other drug treatment or prevention that advocates had hoped for. The National Association of State Alcohol […]
The specter of producing a generation of brain-damaged “crack babies” was a major topic of discussion at the height of the War on Drugs in the 1980s and 1990s, but researchers say that children exposed to the drug prenatally — some of whom are now teenagers — have had relatively few problems. The New York […]
A new study by media watchdog group Common Sense Media (CSM) concludes that sex, (legal) drugs or alcohol are featured in nearly half of the advertising shown during National Football League games, the Associated Press reported Jan. 29. CSM staff monitored more than 50 NFL games during the 2008 season and noted the content of […]
The U.S. Senate voted 66-32 this week to approve a major expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), funded with a 61-cent-per-pack increase in the federal tobacco tax, Reuters reported Jan. 30. The $32.8-billion SCHIP bill would expand eligibility for the health-insurance program to an additional 11 million children; about 7.4 million kids are […]
A new approach to helping drug-addicted women on welfare that treats substance abuse and addiction as a chronic disease promises better outcomes of sobriety and employment than current approaches that focus on employment first, according to new research from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University. The study of CASASARD — […]
Just one personalized intervention session from a fellow college student was effective in reducing alcohol consumption among heavy drinkers on campus, according to a new study from the Netherlands. The Health Behavior News Service reported Jan. 27 that researchers led by Heleen Riper, Ph.D., of the Trimbos Institute in Utrecht found that one in eight […]
Claims by Australian researchers that the consumption of alcohol enhances male sexual performance are being received with some skepticism, the New York Daily News reported Jan. 26. The study of 1,580 Australian men found up to 30 percent fewer reported erectile problems among drinkers than abstainers. Experts continued to warn against the dangers of excessive […]
Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have found that roughly one in five people with tuberculosis (TB) in the U.S. reported abusing alcohol or other drugs, making addiction the leading risk factor for the disease, Reuters Health reported Jan. 27. The researchers studied nearly all U.S. residents ages 15 years and […]
With the country facing an economic disaster and crises throughout the world, it may not seem very important that President Obama smokes cigarettes. The public response to his struggle to quit seems to be: Give the guy a break. But tobacco smoke kills 440,000 people a year in the United States and 5.4 million each year […]
More than 2,500 substance abuse prevention and treatment specialists from throughout the country will convene in Washington, D.C. for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America's (CADCA) 19th annual National Leadership Forum.
Edward H. Jurith, the longtime lead lawyer for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), has been named the interim director of the agency by President Barack Obama. Obama announced the appointment on Jan. 20 — Inauguration Day. Jurith replaces Patrick M. Ward, named interim ONDCP director just eight days earlier by […]
The National Basketball Association (NBA) is reversing a longtime ban and will allow hard-liquor firms to place courtside ads during games, part of a trend toward more liberal ad policies as sports firms face a worsening economy. Ad Age reported Jan. 29 that major sports leagues are revisiting their policies on accepting ads from liquor […]
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has proposed to raise taxes on cigarettes from 30 cents to $1 per pack in an effort to reduce youth smoking and raise revenues, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported Jan. 26. State officials hope the new tax will raise $81.5 million this year and $144 million in the next fiscal year. The […]
A community improvement coalition in Madison, Wis., is proposing that surveillance cameras be installed in bars in the city as part of a strategy to cut alcohol-related violence and other problems, the Wisconsin State Journal reported Jan. 25. The plan from Downtown Madison Inc. also includes server training and improved interaction between staff and police. […]
More than 2,500 substance abuse prevention and treatment specialists from throughout the country will convene in Washington, D.C. for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s (CADCA) 19th annual National Leadership Forum, held February 9-12, 2009 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, located on the banks of the Potomac River. CADCA’s National Leadership Forum is […]