New research suggests that recovery coaches — caseworkers with special training in addiction, relapse prevention, case management and counseling — can cut the number of newborns exposed to alcohol or other drugs and can play an important role in reuniting families. Researchers at the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois studied 931 […]
Research suggests that a chemical compound called CDDO-imidazole may protect against lung damage caused by cigarette smoke, Bloomberg reported Dec. 22. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University, led by Shyam Biswal, tested the effect of the compound on mice exposed to cigarette smoke and found that it increased production of antioxidants that prevent lung tissue from […]
Former Knight Ridder Corp. chairman Alvah Chapman, who helped found and fund Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) in the early 1990s, died of pneumonia on Christmas Day at age 87, Reuters reported Dec. 26. Chapman had a long and distinguished career as president and CEO of the Miami Herald but was also known for […]
Influential U.S. Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) plans to make prison reform a top priority in the new Congress, including clearing prison cells of low-level drug offenders so they can be used to house violent criminals, the Washington Post reported Dec. 29. Observers say that Webb’s military background and tough reputation make him an intriguing figure […]
Toxic dust from smoking settles on surfaces and dangerous volatile compounds disperse in the air, posing a risk to children and others from so-called “thirdhand smoke,” experts say. The Chicago Tribune reported Jan. 5 that the residue from tobacco smoke is especially dangerous to children “because they breathe near, crawl and play on, touch and […]
Influential U.S. Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) plans to make prison reform a top priority in the new Congress, including clearing prison cells of low-level drug offenders so they can be used to house violent criminals.
Researchers say that half of teen MySpace sites include references to sex, drug use, or other high-risk behavior, with 41 percent of sites studied featuring drug-related information, Reuters reported Jan. 6. In one study, researcher Dimitri Christakis of Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Megan Moreno of the University of Wisconsin looked at randomly chosen profiles […]