Category results for "Legal"

“Drug Tourists” Increase States’ Challenges in Fighting Prescription Drug Abuse

States’ efforts to crack down on prescription drug abuse are being made more difficult by people who travel to states such as Florida and Georgia to obtain painkillers, the Associated Press reports.

Bill Aims to Reduce Teen Abuse of Cough Syrup

Two senators introduced a bill this week designed to prevent the abuse of cough syrup by teenagers. The bill restricts the sale of products containing the cough syrup ingredient dextromethorphan to those older than 18.

Supreme Court Decision “Extremely Uplifting” for Substance Abuse Field, Expert Says

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act is extremely uplifting for the substance abuse field, according to A. Thomas McLellan, PhD, CEO of the Treatment Research Institute and former Deputy Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Judge OKs Breathalyzer Tests for NY Police Who Injure or Kill With Weapon

A federal judge ruled Thursday that the New York Police Department policy of administering a breathalyzer test to any officer whose use of a weapon results in injury or death is constitutional.

Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law

The Supreme Court on Thursday largely upheld the constitutionality of the Obama Administration’s health care law. The mandate was upheld as a tax, according to The Wall Street Journal.

West Virginia Attorney General Sues Drug Wholesalers in Effort to Halt “Pill Mills”

West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw announced the state is suing 14 drug wholesalers, in an effort to block distribution routes for “pill mills.”

CA Doctor Ordered to Stand Trial for Prescription Drug Overdose Deaths

A physician accused of prescribing drugs to three young men who died of overdoses was ordered to stand trial for second-degree murder, the Associated Press reports.

Supreme Court Rules Changes to Crack Cocaine Penalties May be Applied Retroactively

The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that recent changes to penalties for crimes that involve crack cocaine, which make sentences more lenient, can be applied retroactively.

Hand-Held Laser Device Could Help Police Investigate and Prosecute Narcotics Cases

A new hand-held laser device, which can immediately identify illegal drugs, could be a big help to police in investigating and prosecuting narcotics cases, according to The Wall Street Journal.

New York Judge Calls for Lab Testing of Beverages in Public Drinking Cases

A New York judge said this week that police should be required to prove beverages cited in public drinking cases are alcoholic, through laboratory testing.

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