Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced this week the state will sign an agreement to share and receive prescription drug dispensing data with at least 20 other states. The move is designed to help the state monitor prescription drug abuse.
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British Prime Minister David Cameron has proposed that the United Kingdom set a minimum price for alcohol, in an effort to reduce problem drinking.
A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has said it cannot reach a conclusion about the potential risks and benefits of dissolvable tobacco on public health. The panel said that while using the products instead of cigarettes could reduce health risks, they have the potential to increase the number of people who use tobacco products, the Associated Press reports.
A recently passed Senate bill would close a loophole that currently lets stores that provide “roll-your-own” cigarette machines avoid taxes and fees levied on cigarette manufacturers.
A federal appeals court on Monday upheld most of a law allowing the U.S. government to regulate tobacco products, including requiring graphic warning labels on cigarette packages.
Florida is making significant gains in its war against “pill mill” clinics that sell oxycodone and other widely abused painkillers, state officials said this week.
The federal government has unveiled a nationwide anti-smoking campaign, with a series of ads that feature former smokers who discuss the negative health consequences of smoking.
Members of the Oklahoma House voted that legislators throughout the state should take the same drug test that would be required of welfare recipients.
A new report by the U.S. Surgeon General says tobacco companies’ ads and promotional campaigns may influence teens and young adults to start smoking.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning letter Tuesday to the maker of the inhalable caffeine product AeroShot Pure Energy, stating its labeling is false or misleading.