Author Archives: Join Together Staff Writer

New, Redesigned SAMHSA Website

The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has redesigned its home page to correspond to its eights strategic initiatives and has launched an easy-to-use online publications store. …

Join Together News Roundup for July 28, 2010

Impaired driving by people using legal prescription drugs is hard to detect and prosecute, experts say ... Most doctors say they don’t report colleagues they know are impaired by alcohol or other drugs ... A U.S. ban on sales of clove cigarettes could be undone by international trade agreements ... …

Join Together News Roundup for July 27, 2010

An FDA advisory panel says doctors should be required to get training on misuse of prescription drugs and rejected a plan that called for voluntary training ... The VA is now allowing veterans to use medical marijuana in states where it is legal ... Moonshine is cheap and cool again, explaining why producing illegal booze is more popular during the recession ... …

Join Together News Roundup for July 26, 2010

You can lead colleges to evidence-based programs, but you can’t make them adopt measures that stop kids from drinking ... Virginia’s governor wants the state out of the alcohol retail business ... Four big farms could legally supply Oakland’s medical-marijuana users, the city says ... Despite declining smoking rates and ongoing litigation, the tobacco industry continues to pull in big profits ... …

Join Together News Roundup for July 23, 2010

Many parents joke about drugging their children to sleep, but actually doing so is a form of abuse that could harm or kill the child ... Desperate times: heroin addicts in Africa reportedly are injecting the blood of other users to stave off withdrawal ... The FDA doesn’t seem to be buying the tobacco industry’s case for keeping menthol cigarettes legal ... and researchers say that point of sale tobacco ads appeal to kids and should be banned ... …

Join Together News Roundup for July 22, 2010

Will federal privacy regulations stand in the way of integrating behavioral and mainstream healthcare? ... New Mexico can’t grow enough marijuana to meet the demands of medical users ... Kansas is balking on enforcing a law that would require drink prices to be set according to alcohol content ... Unhappy hour: Your risk of stroke spikes during the hour after you drink alcohol, researchers say ... Teens who binge-drink may be more likely to suffer osteoporosis later in life ... …

Join Together News Roundup for July 21, 2010

Treatment admissions for prescription-drug problems have tripled in recent years, SAMHSA reports ... Putting teens in group therapy with heavy users can lead to more youth drug use ... A bid to repeal the state’s new alcohol tax will be the first thing Massachusetts voters will see on the ballot this fall ... "Token clubs" provide a safe haven for sober socializing ... …

Join Together News Roundup for July 20, 2010

The U.S. Patent Office has pulled back from trademarking medical-marijuana related products ... Statistically, solders at Fort Bliss, Texas are more at risk at home than on the battlefield ... Americans are drinking more at home and less at bars and restaurants ... "One-pot" recipe for methamphetamine is fueling a comeback for meth labs in Oklahoma ... …

Join Together News Roundup for July 19, 2010

Controversy over alcohol content has led retailers to pull kombucha tea from store shelves ... A new generation of cigarette vending machine may be coming to some New York City bars ... Violent drinkers can benefit from a combination of therapy and antidepressants, a study finds ... A new animal study offers insights into possible gene therapy for cocaine ... …