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Experts Struggle to Determine Overdose Deaths

Overdoses from prescription drugs have sometimes led to civil or criminal charges against prescribing physicians, but even toxicologists have problems distinguishing between overdose deaths and fatalities from other causes, Time reported June 16. The result is that the courts, not…

Former FDA Chief Exhorts Agency to Lower Cigarette Nicotine Content

A former commissioner of the FDA urged the agency to use its new tobacco-regulation powers to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes to a sub-addicting level, the Washington Post reported June 17.  David Kessler praised the FDA’s regulatory actions to date…

AMA Says FDA Should Regulate E-Cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes are drug-delivery devices and should be regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the American Medical Association (AMA) says. FDA is currently considering if and how to regulate so-called e-cigarettes, which are sometimes marketed as a…

Major New Tobacco Rules Take Effect This Week

Restrictions on cigarette branding and new labeling requirements go into effect June 22 — part of the new federal Tobacco Control Act — HealthDay News reported June 17. As of Tuesday, cigarettes may no longer be branded as “light,” “mild,” or…

Mexican President Defends Anti-Drug Efforts, Indicts U.S.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon this week compared the United States to a drug addict as he sought to shore up support for his antidrug efforts at home. “It is as though we have a neighbor next door who is the…

Supreme Court Relaxes Drug Deportation Policy

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against automatic deportation of legal immigrants for minor drug offenses, the New York Times reported June 14.  The unanimous decision resolved longstanding confusion at the state and federal level on how to interpret the term…

Advocacy Groups Merge to Support Implementation of Healthcare Reform

Two closely aligned groups advocating for addiction and mental-health programs in national healthcare reform have agreed to a merger.

Budget Cuts Gut Mo. Alcohol Enforcement

The Missouri legislature has cut over $1 million from its Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, leaving just five agents to monitor 12,000 liquor licenses.

Study Says Teens Should Avoid Alcohol, Smoking to Prevent Headaches

Teens who drank a lot of alcoholic beverages and coffee, smoked, and got little exercise were more likely to suffer from migrane and tension headaches, according to German researchers. EScienceNews reported June 6 that headaches are among the most common…

Talk of Delay for N.J. Medical Marijuana Law Riles Supporters

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recently expressed support for the state’s new medical-marijuana law, but talks with lawmakers over when to put the law into effect have sparked anger among backers of the measure, the Newark Star-Ledger reported June 4….

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