Florida’s plan to raid a tobacco endowment fund to plug state budgetary gaps is the most recent example of money from the nationwide tobacco settlement being used by states for non health-related purposes, the New York Times reported Jan. 13. Experts say the current recession puts settlement funds at even greater risk, and that states […]
NEW YORK, NY — The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA)* at Columbia University announced today that Join Together will be merged into CASA and David L. Rosenbloom, Ph.D., will become the President and Chief Executive Officer of CASA on May 1, 2009, succeeding Joseph A. Califano, Jr., the former U.S. Secretary of […]
President-elect Barack Obama has selected William Corr, executive director of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, to serve as deputy secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the New York Times reported Jan 14. Corr, who was a member of Obama’s transition team, served as chief of staff at the Department of Health […]
A study of 1,700 smokers concludes that those who smoke menthol cigarettes have more difficulty quitting, possibly because they take in more nicotine and carbon monoxide than smokers of other types of cigarettes. The study from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey found that smokers of menthol cigarettes — notably blacks and […]
The city council in El Paso, Texas last week unanimously called for a debate on drug legalization in the face of rising border violence, but backed off its resolution after a mayoral veto and pressure from federal and state lawmakers. The Houston Chronicle reported Jan. 13 that the El Paso City Council voted 8-0 in […]
The use of long-term opioid agonist and partial agonist medication is often reserved for older opioid-dependent individuals, while a brief detoxification with medication or medication-free treatment is offered to younger individuals. In a randomized trial, researchers evaluated the efficacy of buprenorphine-naloxone tapers of 2 versus 12 weeks in younger subjects.
Substance use during pregnancy remains a serious problem. This study examined whether Early Start, a coordinated program of prenatal substance abuse screening, treatment, and patient/provider education improved perinatal outcomes.
Brief intervention (BI) can decrease alcohol consumption among some patients with nondependent unhealthy use. But does BI have efficacy for illicit drugs? The World Health Organization published the first randomized trial of drug BI.
The role of individual substances on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease progression has been a complicated puzzle. This study looks at the impact of crack cocaine use among HIV-positive women in the Women's Interagency Cohort Study between 1996 and 2004, the era of highly active antiretroviral therapy.
Patients in treatment for substance use disorders have a high prevalence of smoking. Treating nicotine dependence in substance abuse treatment (SAT) settings, however, is uncommon. Researchers conducted a randomized trial to evaluate the effectiveness of a smoking cessation intervention in SAT programs.