The use of cocaine and amphetamines among high school seniors in the U.S. continues to decrease, according to recently released data from the 2008 Monitoring the Future survey. The percentage of 12th graders reporting past year use of cocaine has decreased slightly in recent years (from 5.7% in 2006 to 4.4% in 2008) and amphetamine use […]
To many immigrants from Africa, the mildly narcotic drug khat is viewed as no more harmful than a cup of coffee, but U.S. law-enforcement officials are concerned that the “flower of paradise” is a growing drug threat, the Los Angeles Times reported Jan. 3. Residents of the Ethiopian, Somali, and Yemeni communities in places like […]
A growing number of U.S. states now require the sale of so-called ’fire-safe’ cigarettes, using local fire codes to get around lax federal cigarette regulations, USA Today reported Jan. 1. In 2009, the number of states with such laws on the books will rise to 39, with 14 new states requiring that only self-extinguishing cigarettes […]
Individuals who have fewer dopamine “auto-receptors” — which control the release of the brain chemical — may be more prone to risk-taking, researchers say. HealthDay News reported Dec. 30 that individuals with a deficiency of dopamine auto-receptors experience higher levels of dopamine release during thrill-seeking activities, which reinforces and rewards risk-taking. “It starts to suggest […]
A legal challenge to the 1998 nationwide tobacco settlement has failed, with a federal judge dismissing a lawsuit filed by a North Carolina based tobacco company that claimed the deal between states and the industry stifled competition. The Legal Newsline reported Jan. 6 that U.S. District Judge Jennifer Coffman said that General Tobacco waived its […]
To many immigrants from Africa, the mildly narcotic drug khat is viewed as no more harmful than a cup of coffee, but U.S. law-enforcement officials are concerned that the “flower of paradise” is a growing drug threat.