Fulfilling a campaign promise, President Barack Obama signed the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) bill into law this week; the measure will expand healthcare coverage for children using funds from a 62-cent-per-pack increase in the federal cigarette tax. The Detroit Free Press reported Feb. 4 that Obama approved the $74-billion SCHIP reauthorization legislation passed by […]
New York’s Commission on Sentencing Reform has issued a report calling for uniform drug-sentencing guidelines and giving judges greater authority to order offenders into addiction treatment programs as an alternative to incarceration, the New York Times reported Feb. 4. The commission said that standards on what constitutes a drug-addicted offender need to be established. Current […]
Cigar smoking remains popular among young adult males, according to data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Cigarette smoking in the past month among males ages 18 to 25 decreased from 44.4 percent in 2002 to 40.5 percent in 2007, mirroring declines in both the general population, and among youth. At the […]
The U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance will award grants of up to $500,000 for Adult Drug Court Research to Practice grants, which are intended to translate the latest research on drug courts into practical tools for the field to use.
New animal research from Florida State University suggests that smoking during adolescence may increase the risk of depression during adulthood, Medical News Today reported Jan. 29. Researcher Carlos Bolaños-Guzmán and colleagues injected adolescent rats with either nicotine or saline solution for 15 days, then tested the rats’ responses to stressful and rewarding situations both during […]
A photo of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps smoking marijuana has produced a relatively subdued public reaction, and some addiction experts consider this lack of concern disturbing, the Baltimore Sun reported Feb. 3. The photo showed Phelps apparently smoking marijuana from a bong at a college party. Phelps’ admission that he used ’bad judgment’ seemed to […]
Every dollar invested in substance-abuse prevention yields $10 in savings, according to researchers from Iowa State University who recently presented their findings to the United Nations. Researchers Richard Spoth, director of the Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute at Iowa State, and colleague Max Guyll told attendees at the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime/World Health […]
Few drug dealers get rich working the street corners, and many can be turned from a life of crime if given an opportunity to do so, according to researcher David Kennedy. Newsweek reported Feb. 9 that Kennedy has become an influential voice in the crime-prevention community because his approach to fighting drugs has had proven […]
Up to 90 percent of patients in publicly funded treatment programs in Utah are at or below the poverty line, yet may soon face the prospect of having to pay for treatment services if they are to continue their recovery. The Provo Daily Herald reported Feb. 1 that the Utah Legislature is expected to slash […]
Parental smoking significantly influences the likelihood that children will take up cigarettes, according to a new study that suggests that the effect is especially potent during a child's pre-teen years.
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. The Associated Press reported Jan. 30 that Antonio Maria Costa, executive director of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, called the current […]
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 […]