Category results for "Advocacy"

MS Patient in N.J. Gets 5 Years in Prison for Growing Marijuana

A New Jersey man who said he was growing marijuana in his home to treat his multiple-sclerosis symptoms has been sentenced to five years in prison on drug charges, the Newark Star-Ledger reported March 20. John Ray Wilson, 37, was…

Need for Revenue Drives State Tobacco Tax Increases

Fourteen states and the District of Columbia raised their tobacco taxes last year and Utah and New Mexico have done the same in 2010, USA Today reported March 25. Six other states also are considering tobacco-tax hikes as states seek…

Study Cites Maternal Influences on Youth Drinking

Mothers who enforce discipline over their young teens can prevent their kids from drinking, according to a new Australian study. Reuters reported March 19 that study author Rosa Alati of the University of Queensland and colleagues looked at the degree…

Guns Now Allowed in N.M. Bars — With a Catch

Individuals with concealed-carry permits can now bring their guns into establishments in New Mexico that serve alcohol, but the state’s governor says they can’t drink if they do so, the Gov Monitor reported March 12. A bill signed into law…

After 14-Year Delay, FDA Issues Regulations to Prevent Tobacco Sales to Youth

Regulations banning tobacco sales to minors, sales of cigarettes in less than 20-pack size, sample giveaways, and tobacco sponsorship of sports, music and other events have been released in final form by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Matthew…

SMART Recovery Pitched as AA Alternative

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is “an absolutely remarkable program” that has helped millions of people overcome their addictions, said Joe Gerstein, founder of the Self-Management And Recovery Training (SMART) Recovery program. But Gerstein rejected the disease concept of addiction and pitched…

PLoS Journal to Reject Research Funded by Tobacco Industry

Researchers who accept money from the tobacco industry will no longer be able to get their work published in PLoS Medicine, a journal produced by the Public Library of Science (PLoS). Reuters reported Feb. 23 that the new policy was detailed…

Study Hints at More Drunk Driving Among Young Women

The rate of alcohol-related fatal car crashes has risen among some populations of female drivers, a worrying trend that runs counter to the decline in such crashes among young men. ScienceDaily reported Feb. 18 that an analysis of U.S. National…

Panel Recommends Amending Federal Privacy Law to Help Integrate Addiction Treatment Records

A new proposal to amend a landmark federal privacy law is butting up against resistance from recovery advocates and others, as the addiction treatment and recovery community struggles to strike a balance between the need for integration with mainstream medicine and privacy…

Study Details Stomach, Esophagus Cancer Risk of Smoking, Drinking

A large Dutch study finds that smoking can vastly increase the risk of two types of stomach cancer and two forms of esophageal cancer, while drinking alcohol can increase the risk of one type of the latter disease, Reuters reported…

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