Guinness UK has announced that it will start displaying on glasses the number of standard units of alcohol contained in a pint of the company’s dense brew — 2.3 units per pint — the Guardian reported Feb. 7. A half a million pint glasses are now being distributed to pubs, with the aim of giving […]
Former NFL lineman Dana Stubblefield provided information on use of performance-enhancing drugs to federal investigators as part of a plea deal on BALCO-related charges, the New York Times reported Feb. 7. The investigation into BALCO, which prosecutors say provided illicit drugs to baseball star Barry Bonds and others, led to Stubblefield’s conviction on charges of […]
According to a new poll from the United Kingdom, some pregnant smokers are so worried about criticism from healthcare professionals that they won’t ask doctors or midwives for help to stop smoking. Some women also won’t admit to their doctors that they smoke, the BBC reported Feb. 4. A survey commissioned by the U.K. National Health […]
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is continuing the Bush administration's policy of raiding medical-marijuana dispensaries in states where the drug is legal for medical purposes, but the raids are expected to end once President Barack Obama appoints his own DEA chief.
President Barack Obama has ordered a review of the government's faith-based funding initiative, and changes could include a ban on federal funding of groups that discriminate on the basis of religion or other factors when hiring employees.
Advocates who say addiction should be treated as a public-health issue and not a criminal problem have broad public support, according to the results of a new survey from Hazelden that also found that about one in three families include members with addiction problems. Public support alone, however, will not be sufficient to sustain recent […]
Faces & Voices of Recovery is pleased to announce that Christopher Kennedy Lawford will join its Online Book Club discussion this month to discuss his new book, ’Moments of Clarity, Voices from the Front Lines of Addiction and Recovery’. Anyone can post questions and opinions online and Lawford will respond and offer his own commentary. […]
A new study from researchers at the University of Virginia Health System suggests that a serotonin transporter gene — SLC6A4 — significantly influences the level of drinking intensity among heavy drinkers. The researchers studied the associations between six DNA sequence variations of the serotonin transporter gene with the degree of alcohol consumption among 275 individuals […]
Faces & Voices of Recovery is pleased to announce that Christopher Kennedy Lawford will join its Online Book Club discussion this month to discuss his new book, Moments of Clarity, Voices from the Front Lines of Addiction and Recovery.
Phillip Morris International, Inc. and smokeless-tobacco maker Swedish Match are teaming up to sell the ’snus’ form of tobacco snuff worldwide, Bloomberg reported Feb. 3. The companies will target emerging markets around the world — like Africa and Russia — and plan to put pressure on the European Union (EU) to lift the ban on […]
During last weekend’s Super Bowl game, it wasn’t just the game that left a lasting impression on teens. The beer commercials were also a big hit. That’s according to a survey conducted by a coalition in Columbus, Ohio, that found that beer ads were among teens’ top five favorite Super Bowl ads. The Drug-Free Action […]
Youth Videos Tell Big Alcohol to Free the Super Bowl from Beer Ads Three compelling videos by teenagers were recognized at www.freethebowl.com during Super Bowl half time for fighting back against inane Budweiser commercials in America’s most popular sporting event. Marin Institute launched the first anti-beer-ad video contest, FREE THE BOWL™, so that youth could […]
A report released by the RAND Corporation concluded that the cost of methamphetamine use in the U.S. reached $23.4 billion in 2005, Reuters reported Feb. 4. The analysis considered lost lives and productivity, drug-treatment and law-enforcement expenses, and other factors to determine the yearly cost. “Our study represents the most comprehensive assessment so far of the […]
The pain medications Darvon and Darvocet should be pulled off the market, according to a recommendation approved on a 14-12 vote by a panel of medical experts assembled by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). CNN reported Jan. 30 that the panel said the risks of death from cardiac problems that are associated with the […]
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 […]