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, […]