Category results for "Mental Health"

Fla. Jury Awards $20 Million in Cancer Death Case

A Fort Lauderdale, Fla., jury has ordered three cigarette companies to pay $20 million to the family of a dead smoker in the latest court loss for the tobacco industry. Bloomberg reported April 27 that Philip Morris, R. J. Reynolds,…

Symposium on the Wellstone-Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

WASHINGTON — URAC, the nation’s leading healthcare accreditation and education organization, and Hayes, Inc., the nation’s leading health technology research and consulting company, announce a two-day symposium “The Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act:…

14th Annual PRISM Awards Winners

LOS ANGELES, CA – Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Rosie O’Donnell, Tony Shalhoub, Hector Elizondo, Timothy Hutton and Kevin McKidd received PRISM Awards for individual performances in film and television at the 14th Annual PRISM Awards ceremony. The PRISM Awards, which is produced…

High-Alcohol Beer Coming to Stores in Calif., NYC

A Scottish microbrewery that has received intense criticism for marketing products with an alcohol content far exceeding popular brands is shipping one of its beers to select retailers in California and New York City, Time magazine reported April 10. BrewDog…

Rep. Delahunt Seeks Support to Fight Opiate Addiction in Mass.

Referring to cases of prescription opiate addiction in his home state of Massachusetts as “an epidemic,” U.S. Rep. William Delahunt (D-Ma.) this month brought together members of affected groups to brainstorm about ways Washington could help the state achieve solutions….

Tobacco Tax Money Not Funding Prevention

None of the 14 states (plus the District of Columbia) that raised their tobacco taxes last year dedicated a dime of the resulting revenues to tobacco-prevention programs, Reuters reported April 8. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC)…

Healthcare Reform Law Gives Big Boost to Addiction Treatment and Prevention

Don’t count addiction recovery advocates among those who see healthcare reform as ’Armageddon’: the bill signed into law by President Obama on March 23 includes addiction and mental health services in its basic benefits package and is being broadly praised…

Marking Alcohol Awareness Month, Group Promotes Marijuana as ’Safer’ Alternative

This is probably not the kind of commemoration the founders of National Alcohol Awareness Month had in mind: among the groups marking the annual April campaign is Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER), which is encouraging college students to smoke…

Addiction Linked to 9 of Top 10 Causes of Death in Alaska

Nine of the 10 leading causes of death in Alaska — all but Alzheimer’s disease — include alcohol, tobacco or other drug addiction as an underlying cause, the Juneau Empire reported March 15. Smoking, for example, is a leading cause…

Mich. Businesses Unsure How to Deal with Medical Marijuana Users.

Businesses in Michigan are uncertain whether to fire employees who test positive for marijuana use but are authorized to use the drug under the state’s new medical-marijuana law, the Battle Creek Enquirer reported March 28. A Wal-Mart store in Michigan…

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