Author Archives: Join Together Staff Writer

Join Together News Roundup for June 25, 2010

People in recovery need to deal with their stress to avoid relapse, a new study says ... Most evangelical leaders don’t drink, and those who do say they imbibe in moderation ... Colorado Springs, Colo., has collected more than $123,000 in taxes on medical marijuana in 2010 ... Pregnant women who smoke experience more pelvic pain, researchers say ... …

Join Together News Roundup for June 24, 2010

Live by the sword, die by the sword: Afghanistan, long the world’s leading exporter of opium poppy, is facing a growing domestic heroin addiction problem ... The U.S. Navy has torpedoed smoking on submarines ... A drink claiming to speed up alcohol metabolism is bogus, critics say ... The tobacco tax in New York City may soon rise to $5.85 per pack ... …

Join Together News Roundup for June 23, 2010

It’s easy to blame doctors for overdoses, but even toxicologists have a hard time determining when a particular drug causes death ... Proving that even dumb ideas can be evergreen, Sen. Orrin Hatch is calling for drug testing of welfare recipients ... Drug traffickers are using Indian lands on both U.S. borders to smuggle drugs ... Secondhand smoke contaminates entire housing complexes, researchers say ... …

Join Together News Roundup for June 22, 2010

Emergency rooms are seeing more overdoses from prescription pain medications than illicit drugs, the CDC reports ... North Carolina officials have canned a plan to name a new arena for Bud Light ... The FDA has the power to regulate nicotine -- and should use it -- a former head of the agency says ... Another addition to the regulatory plate: FDA should classify e-cigarettes as drug-delivery devices, according to the American Medical Association ... …

Join Together News Roundup for June 21, 2010

Golden age vs. the Age of Aquarius: Baby Boomers are increasingly showing up in addiction treatment programs ... Costco is funding a campaign to rewrite the liquor-control laws in the state of Washington ... New FDA rules going into effect this week ban "light" and "mild" branding, impose new warning-label requirements ... Wink, wink, nudge, nudge: Philip Morris tells customers that Marlboro Gold is the same as Marlboro Lights; FDA not amused ... …

Join Together News Roundup for June 18, 2010

Smirnoff has put an unflattering but popular viral marketing game on ice ... The U.S. Supreme Court says multiple drug misdemeanors don’t jusify deportation ... Marijuana use is a relatively minor problem in the U.S., Sarah Palin says ... Mexico’s president says living next to U.S. is like having a drug addict for a neighbor ... …

Join Together News Roundup for June 17, 2010

Addiction and mental-health advocates have joined forces to press for implementation of national healthcare reform ... Midwest casinos have cut out one of gamblers’ favorite perks: free drinks ... Nearly 400 U.S. colleges have implemented tobacco bans on campuses ... An oral nicotine spray seems to blunt craving quicker than gums or lozenges, a study finds ... …

Join Together News Roundup for June 16, 2010

Tobacco-control advocates would likely gain an ally in Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, but she would be conflicted out of voting on some key tobacco cases ... State budget cuts mean less scrutiny over alcohol sales to youth in Missouri ... Domino theory: Colorado advocates say the state’s medical-marijuana law lays the groundwork for outright legalization of the drug ... Raves and ecstasy overdoses go together like, well, raves and ecstasy use, the CDC says ... …

Join Together News Roundup for June 15, 2010

They say it’s not a call for legalization, but Canadian researchers contend that marijuana interventions should be focused on the minority of users likely to have problems with the drug ... Sick convicts? Nine times more parolees than average citizens in Montana have medical-marijuana cards ... In the dubious honors department, Missouri now has the nation’s lowest tobacco tax -- 17 cents per pack -- thanks to a recent tax hike in South Carolina ... Keeping away from drinking and smoking can help teens avoid headaches, researchers say ... …