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 […]
The specter of producing a generation of brain-damaged “crack babies” was a major topic of discussion at the height of the War on Drugs in the 1980s and 1990s, but researchers say that children exposed to the drug prenatally — some of whom are now teenagers — have had relatively few problems. The New York […]
A new study by media watchdog group Common Sense Media (CSM) concludes that sex, (legal) drugs or alcohol are featured in nearly half of the advertising shown during National Football League games, the Associated Press reported Jan. 29. CSM staff monitored more than 50 NFL games during the 2008 season and noted the content of […]
The U.S. Senate voted 66-32 this week to approve a major expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), funded with a 61-cent-per-pack increase in the federal tobacco tax, Reuters reported Jan. 30. The $32.8-billion SCHIP bill would expand eligibility for the health-insurance program to an additional 11 million children; about 7.4 million kids are […]