New animal research from Florida State University suggests that smoking during adolescence may increase the risk of depression during adulthood, Medical News Today reported Jan. 29. Researcher Carlos Bolaños-Guzmán and colleagues injected adolescent rats with either nicotine or saline solution for 15 days, then tested the rats’ responses to stressful and rewarding situations both during […]
A photo of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps smoking marijuana has produced a relatively subdued public reaction, and some addiction experts consider this lack of concern disturbing, the Baltimore Sun reported Feb. 3. The photo showed Phelps apparently smoking marijuana from a bong at a college party. Phelps’ admission that he used ’bad judgment’ seemed to […]
Every dollar invested in substance-abuse prevention yields $10 in savings, according to researchers from Iowa State University who recently presented their findings to the United Nations. Researchers Richard Spoth, director of the Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute at Iowa State, and colleague Max Guyll told attendees at the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime/World Health […]
Few drug dealers get rich working the street corners, and many can be turned from a life of crime if given an opportunity to do so, according to researcher David Kennedy. Newsweek reported Feb. 9 that Kennedy has become an influential voice in the crime-prevention community because his approach to fighting drugs has had proven […]
Up to 90 percent of patients in publicly funded treatment programs in Utah are at or below the poverty line, yet may soon face the prospect of having to pay for treatment services if they are to continue their recovery. The Provo Daily Herald reported Feb. 1 that the Utah Legislature is expected to slash […]
Parental smoking significantly influences the likelihood that children will take up cigarettes, according to a new study that suggests that the effect is especially potent during a child's pre-teen years.
Profits from the illegal narcotics trade are being laundered through bank deposits and stock investments as organized crime exploits the current global financial situation, according to a top United Nations antidrug official. The Associated Press reported Jan. 30 that Antonio Maria Costa, executive director of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, called the current […]
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) has introduced legislation that would make addiction treatment more available to members of the military and provide more privacy protections to service members who seek help for alcohol and other drug problems, Stars and Stripes reported Feb. 2. The Support for Substance Use Disorders Act is aimed in part at the […]