Category results for "Legislation"

Medical Marijuana Industry Faces Off Against Advocates for Full Legalization

Medical marijuana trade associations, dispensary owners and advocacy groups are concerned that full legalization of the drug will negatively impact their industry, according to Politico.

More States Protecting Retailers from Being Liable for Alcohol-Related Harms

In recent years, a growing number of states have passed laws protecting retailers from being liable for harms caused by customers served alcohol illegally, according to a new study.

Prescription Painkiller Prescribing Dropped After New Kentucky Law Implemented

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced this week that the number of doses of opioid painkillers that were prescribed in the state have dropped in the last year, since he signed a new law designed to cut down on prescription drug abuse.

Law Aimed at Reducing Drunken Boating Signed by Illinois Governor

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has signed a law aimed at reducing the number of people who operate a boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Pharmacy Benefit Managers Group Suggests Ways to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse

The national association representing pharmacy benefits managers, which administer prescription drug plans for more than 210 million Americans, has released recommendations aimed at reducing prescription drug abuse and fraud in Medicare.

Survey Finds 82% of Adults Support Banning Smoking in Cars With Children

A new survey finds 82 percent of American adults say they support a ban on smoking in cars that are carrying children younger than 13.

Commentary: Getting Past the Stigma and Treating Addiction as a Chronic Disease

How can we get past the stigma and ensure that our children, our loved ones and everyone affected by addiction receives the appropriate care, asks Dr. Thomas McLellan of the Treatment Research Institute.

Parents Who Support Easing Marijuana Laws Want it Illegal for Those Under 21

A new survey finds many parents favor either legalizing marijuana for recreational use, or decriminalizing the drug, while 70 percent support legalizing medical marijuana. Most parents say the legal age for marijuana use should be 21, USA Today reports.

Commentary: After Legalization, Regulation

Majorities of voters in both Colorado and Washington State passed ballot initiatives approving marijuana for recreational use this past November, and in each state, lawmakers have struggled to implement a post-legalization regulatory framework that makes sense, and that protects children and teens.

Wisconsin Officials Say Good Samaritan Law Could Reduce Opioid Overdose Deaths

A report by Wisconsin’s State Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse urges lawmakers to pass a Good Samaritan Law to reduce opioid overdose deaths. The law would allow a person with a prescription for the opioid overdose antidote naloxone to use it on a friend.

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