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.