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.