Author Archives: Join Together Staff Writer

Join Together News Roundup for July 13, 2010

More than one in 10 emergency-room visits are due to addiction or mental-health problems ... Marijuana prices would drop an estimated 80% if the drug is legalized in California, RAND says ... A majority of Californians now oppose the marijuana-legalization Proposition 19, according to the Field Poll ... A Florida jury has ordered Philip Morris to pay $21 million to a sick smoker in the latest verdict against the industry ... …

Join Together News Roundup for July 12, 2010

Progress in the war on teen smoking has slowed to a crawl, and the government will miss a key target for smoking cessation, a CDC report says ... The head of California’s NAACP chapter is under fire for supporting a marijuana legalization ballot initiative ... San Francisco has drawn up the first regulations on marijuana-infused foods ... Alcoholic energy drinks are being marketed to kids, Sen. Charles Schumer says ... …

Join Together News Roundup for July 9, 2010

Children of smokers face an array of health problems, a study finds ... Some smokers may benefit from starting nictoine-replacement therapy before they stop smoking ... Mexican drug smugglers are hiring U.S. teens to move drugs across the border ... Smoking kills, Russia is warning smokers on cigarette packs ... …

Join Together News Roundup for July 8, 2010

Treatment programs need to meet the unique needs of methamphetamine users, researchers say ... Pennsylvania is experimenting with high-tech alcohol vending machines ... California’s NAACP chapter has endorsed a marijuana-legalization ballot initiative ... Youthful marijuana use may or may not cause depression, but there seems to be an association between the two, a new study finds ... …

Join Together News Roundup for July 7, 2010

Missouri has become the fifth U.S. state to ban K2, an herbal blend that mimics the effects of marijuana when smoked ... Price controls on potent alcoholic drinks have helped cut binge drinking, a Canadian province reports ... Healthcare providers need to pay more attention to smoking among gay and lesbian populations, says the American Lung Association ... The long-running legal battle over funding of an Ohio tobacco prevention foundation has reached the state Supreme Court ... …

Join Together News Roundup for July 6, 2010

The ACLU has sued Wal-Mart over its firing of an employee who legally used medical marijuana under Michigan state law ... A proposed San Francisco alcohol tax would be used to pay for addiction treatment and other services ... Arizona’s governor claims that most illegal immigrants from Mexico are involved in drug smuggling ... The FDA’s tobacco center had a busy first year and has a full plate for year two, as well ... …

Join Together News Roundup for July 1, 2010

The fate of the Insite safe-injection program for heroin users is now in the hands of Canada’s Supreme Court ... NYC’s top drug prosecutor is no fan of the state’s reform of its Rockefeller-era drug laws ... Heavy drinking has caused an epidemic of high blood pressure in the U.K. ... Driving or not, young drivers in Illinois can lose their licenses if found drinking, the state’s highest court says ... …

Join Together News Roundup for June 30, 2010

A tea that can ferment in the bottle could face regulation as an alcoholic beverage ... Peru may be out of the World Cup, but the Andean nation is tops in another category: it now produces more coca than any other country on Earth ... The cannabis-based drug Sativex has been approved for use in the U.K. to treat MS symptoms ... Cigarette butts are the biggest source of trash on Texas roadways, with an estimated 400 million tossed by drivers annually ... …

Join Together News Roundup for June 29, 2010

Tobacco companies are liars, but shouldn’t have to pay for their sins: that’s the bottom-line message from the U.S. Supreme Court this week ... Few addiction treatment programs offer specialized services for gays and lesbians, a SAMHSA study finds ... Rolling the vice: Mass. lawmakers not only want to legalize gambling but exempt casinos from the state’s indoor-smoking ban, as well ... The federal government could spend $60 million on developing technology to prevent cars from starting if drivers have been drinking -- even though such devices already are in use in many states ... …