At least one in five men in developed countries are at lifetime risk of becoming dependent on or abusing alcohol, according to a review of recent research, Reuters reported Jan. 25. Marc Schuckit of the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System and the University of California found that men in developed countries have a 15 percent lifetime […]
Researchers all over the world are utilizing technological devices to screen, counsel and connect with people seeking drug treatment, e! Science News reported Jan. 21. Treatment research programs that use cell phones, computers, and the Internet as tools for treating drug use were showcased in a special January 2009 issue of the journal Drug and […]
The recent deaths of two residents of “sober homes” in New York State has revived an initiative to find effective methods for state government to regulate group housing for recovering addicts, Newsday reported Dec. 28. Sober homes – also called recovery homes – are not certified or supervised by the state, and can open in […]
A marijuana-like drug called ’Spice’ has been banned by the German government, the Associated Press reported Jan. 21. The drug had been marketed as an herbal air freshener, but researchers said it contains synthetic cannabinoids, similar to marijuana. Users could roll the herbal blend into cigarettes and smoke it; three grams sold for about $39. […]
Growing restrictions on tobacco use and higher prices for cigarettes could make more smokers into 'chippers' — light smokers who light up perhaps a few times a day, mostly socially, and have no desire to quit.
Respiratory illnesses like asthma are more common among low-birthweight babies who are exposed to secondhand smoke, Reuters reported Jan. 19. Researcher Jill S. Halterman of the University of Rochester (N.Y.) and colleagues studied 124 very low birthweight babies and found that many experienced respiratory ailments during their first year of life. Nearly one in 10 […]
While more returning U.S. soldiers struggle with addiction to painkillers prescribed by Army doctors to treat their combat injuries, the U.S. Army’s approach to treating addicted soldiers is drawing increasing criticism, the Associated Press reported Jan. 21. In the six years since the start of the war in Iraq, use of legal painkillers like Percocet, […]
Growing restrictions on tobacco use and higher prices for cigarettes could make more smokers into ’chippers’ — light smokers who light up perhaps a few times a day, mostly socially, and have no desire to quit — the Associated Press reported Jan. 22. Most research has focused on heavy smokers, but up to 15 million […]
Big cities like New Orleans and Baltimore and small communities like Espanola, N.M., have been named on Forbes magazine’s list of ’Drug Capitals of America.’ Forbes reported Jan. 21 that the list is based on geographic drug-use data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and other federal sources. Espanola, for example, […]
Honoraria of $1,000 and free training and technical assistance are available to all current grantees of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) who incorporate certain smoking-cessation actions into their programs.
While more returning U.S. soldiers struggle with addiction to painkillers prescribed by Army doctors to treat their combat injuries, the U.S. Army's approach to treating addicted soldiers is drawing increasing criticism.
As Barack Obama was inaugurated with great fanfare and drug czar John Walters and other Bush Administration officials exited the halls of power in Washington, D.C., the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy quietly released the 2009 National Drug Control Strategy and Making the Drug Problem Smaller, 2001-08, a report on drug-use trends […]
Atlantic City, N.J.’s needle-exchange program — the state’s first — has succeeded in its primary mission of collecting dirty needles from drug addicts in exchange for clean ones but has had less success getting addicted individuals into drug treatment, a new report concludes. The review of the first year of the program showed that the […]
A number of schools across the U.S. want to administer random drug tests to teachers, but the proposals are hitting strong opposition from educators and teachers’ unions. USA Today reported Jan. 18 that schools in North Carolina, West Virginia and Hawaii have sought to join at least four school districts in Kentucky that require teachers […]
A new study suggests that smokers with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease react poorly to confrontational therapy aimed at getting them to quit smoking. A frank discussion of a smoker’s ’lung age,’ based on a demonstration of spirometry data, had been considered a possible method to motivate patients to accept the need to stop smoking, but […]
Scientists at the University of Melbourne are recommending that Australian supermarkets stop selling mouthwash that contains alcohol after a research review found that users may face an increased risk of developing oral cancer, the Daily Telegraph reported Jan. 11. The researchers found that using mouthwash that includes alcohol increased the risk of developing oral cancers […]
The Ohio legislature has voted overwhelmingly to repeal the state's so-called “UPPL Law,” which allowed insurers to deny health coverage to individuals injured while under the influence of alcohol, and Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland signed the measure into law on Jan. 5.
Evidence is “statistically overwhelming” that communities can reduce alcohol consumption by raising alcohol taxes, according to a report from University of Florida researcher Alexander C. Wagenaar and colleagues. The New York Times reported Jan. 20 that a review of 110 previously published studies concluded that higher taxes tended to reduce drinking among social drinkers and […]
Kentucky and Arkansas have joined New York and California in the latest push by state legislators to increase alcohol taxes as a way to address budgetary shortfalls, the Wall Street Journal reported Jan. 17. Peter Cressy, chief executive of the trade group Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, said that about 10 states are […]
Charities are used to companies cutting back grants during tough economic times, but the current recession also is putting a bite on corporate matching-gift programs. The Wall Street Journal reported Jan. 14 that firms like Northrop Grumman, GM and Pfizer have either cut or eliminated their matching-gifts programs. Other companies have barred retirees and part-timers […]
The Northwest chapter of the American Lung Association has been barred from using the national organization’s donor lists and name or spending money by a Seattle judge, the Associated Press reported Jan. 5. The chapter ran afoul of the national association after it transferred its headquarters building and $600,000 in assets to a new charitable entity. […]
Confidence in fundraising has plunged to the lowest level since at least 1998, according to the latest data from the Philanthropic Giving Index (PGI). Nonprofit fundraising professionals surveyed by researchers at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University gave an overall PGI score of 64.8 in December, down 21.7 percent in six months and 27 […]