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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…

Expand Vets' Access to Methadone, Other Addiction Treatment, Report Says

The U.S. military's Tricare program is coming under fire for not providing reimbursement for methadone maintenance and buprenorphine treatment — two leading pharmacological interventions for opioid addiction.

Wisconsin Lawmakers Introduce Parity Legislation

A bill introduced in the Wisconsin legislature would close a major loophole and require more health plans to include parity coverage of addiction and mental health.

Company Wants FDA Blessing to Market ’Safer’ Tobacco Products

A Virginia company plans to ask the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for permission to market its smokeless-tobacco products as “modified risk,” the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Sept. 23. Star Scientific Inc. aims to be the first company to seek…

Senate OKs Parity Amendment to Leading Healthcare Reform Bill

Health plans in the small group and non-group market would be required to adhere to the addiction and mental health parity provisions of last years' Wellstone/Domenici law under a amendment to the Senate's leading healthcare-reform bill approved this week.

Lawmakers Urged to Include Parity in Healthcare Reform

A new poll finds strong public support for including addiction coverage in national healthcare reform, and advocates are calling on the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee to incorporate the core provisions of the Wellstone addiction and mental health parity legislation into health reform legislation so that they apply to all health plans in the U.S.

Animal Study: Adolescent Drinking Predicts Bad Decisions in Adulthood

Adolescent rats that consume large amounts of alcohol were more likely to make poor decisions as adults, suggesting that youthful drinking could set the stage for more bad decisionmaking later in life, according to researchers. WebMD reported Sept. 21 that…

Bad Lifestyle Habits Can Cut 15 Years from Lifespan

Smoking, overeating, and having high blood pressure and cholesterol can shave up to 15 years off the lifespan of middle-aged men, according to researchers at the U.K.’s Care Quality Commission. The Times of London reported Sept. 18 that the study…

Group Targets Alcohol, Other ’Adult’ Ads on Sports Broadcasts

Half or more of the ads aired during Major League Baseball (MLB) and National Football League (NFL) games are for alcohol, drugs, or sexually related products, according to the group Common Sense Media. The Associated Press reported Sept. 17 that…

Advocates Urge Feds to Draft Strong Parity Regulations

Advocates who cheered the historic passage of the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 have shifted their focus to ensuring that federal agencies implement the measure in the full spirit of the legislation, noting that insurers and managed-care firms have been able to successfully thwart similar state laws.

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