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Recovery Advocate Rep. Patrick Kennedy Leaving Congress

Citing the death of his father and the need for a new direction in his life, Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) has announced that he will not seek reelection to Congress this fall.

Marijuana Decriminalization Considered in R.I.

A state Senate leader and the group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) are pressing state lawmakers to decriminalize marijuana possession in Rhode Island, the Wall Street Journal reported Feb. 3. Sen. Josh Miller, a local restaurant owner, heads a special…

More Smokers Cutting Back Due to Cost, Controls

Higher cigarette prices and smoke-free laws have not succeeded in eliminating smoking, but it has compelled a growing number of smokers to light up less frequently and publicly, the Wall Street Journal reported Jan. 12. About 20 percent of Americans…

U.K. Study Finds Link Between Youth Antisocial Behavior and Early Death, Disability

Boys with a history of juvenile delinquency as youths not only had more problems with addiction and mental illness later in life but also were more likely to be dead or disabled by age 48, according to researchers at Cardiff…

Even Casual Smoking Increases Risk of Breast Cancer

Women who smoke more than 100 cigarettes in their lifetime are at increased risk of developing breast cancer, but women can still improve their odds of dodging the disease if they quit smoking, researchers say. Reuters reported Dec. 11 that…

Fla. Appeals Court Says Faith-Based Prison Programs May Violate Constitution

A challenge to faith-based addiction-treatment programs operating in Florida prisons has been returned to a lower court for further review by the First District Court of Appeals, the Orlando Sentinel reported Dec. 16. The appeals panel said the circuit court…

Report: Vigilance Needed to Ensure Parity Enforcement, Effectiveness

States need to keep careful watch to ensure that their addiction and mental health parity laws are delivering on their promise, according to a new policy review.

No Parity in New Wisconsin Health Plan, Critics Charge

Wisconsin's new BadgerCare Plus Core health insurance plan — designed to provide health coverage to 50,000 low-income adults — violates state and federal addiction and mental-health parity laws, according to critics.

Mo. Lawmaker Seeks Ban on ’Whizzinator,’ Similar Products

Products and devices designed to fool drug tests could be banned in Missouri, the Associated Press reported Dec. 5. State Rep. Jeff Roorda has introduced a bill that would make it a felony to possess chemical kits, devices like the…

Residents Confront Local Drug Dealers Over Community Impact

Residents in Peoria, Ill., recently got the chance to confront alleged drug dealers about how they are negatively impacting the community, the Peoria Journal Star reported Nov. 4. As part of the Drug Market Intervention program, police and prosecutors reviewed…

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