Category results for "Mental Health"

Adolescents Face Challenges Quitting Smoking

Only a small percentage of high-school students who want to stop smoking are successful in achieving abstinence, Reuters reported May 5. Data from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows that of high-school students surveyed in 2007 who said they tried to…

Illinois Coalition ’Sticker Shocks’ Community

It’s not often that teenagers, parents, prevention specialists, liquor retailers, and law-enforcement officials come together over the issue of underage drinking, but more than 2,000 community volunteers in Illinois recently rallied around a campaign to discourage adults from buying alcohol…

Woman Who Allegedly Breast-Fed While Drunk Faces Charges

A prosecutor in North Dakota has filed child-neglect charges against a 27-year-old woman for allegedly breast-feeding her baby while intoxicated, the Associated Press reported April 28. Police responding to a domestic-disturbance call in February reportedly observed Stacey Anvarinia of Grand…

Taliban Drug Money Targeted by U.S. Military

The U.S. military is planning to send 20,000 troops into Afghanistan’s main opium-growing region in order to choke off the drug money used to fund the Taliban insurgency, the New York Times reported April 29. Commanders expect heavy fighting in…

Obama HHS Nominee Clears Senate Committee

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee has voted 15-8 in support of President Barack Obama’s nominee for Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. The Associated Press reported April 21 that Sebelius’ nomination was…

Rhode Island Now Has Nation’s Highest Cigarette Tax

The nation’s smallest state now has the highest tax on cigarettes in the U.S., levying $3.46 cents in taxes on every pack sold, the Providence Journal reported April 9. A $1-per-pack increase in the state cigarette tax went into effect…

Legalize Marijuana? Yes: It’s Time to Rethink Marijuana Prohibition

On the heels of a Zogby public opinion poll that revealed 58 percent of West Coast voters believe marijuana should be taxed and regulated like alcohol, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano has introduced a bill that would do just that here in…

FDA Allows Liquid Morphine to Remain on Market

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has exempted a liquid morphine painkiller from a crackdown on unapproved drugs, HealthDay News reported April 8. In response to requests from hospice experts, FDA said the drug would remain available until it…

CSPI: NCAA Can Survive Without Beer Ads

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is again urging National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) President Myles Brand to end beer advertisements on college sports broadcasts, citing new research suggesting that the NCAA would survive financially if beer ads…

Delays in U.S. Aid to Mexico Criticized

Mexican President Felipe Calderon voiced his concern that the U.S. government has spent very little of the $1.4 billion promised in 2008 to help combat drug trafficking in Mexico,   the Washington Post reported April 5. The deepening drug-related security crisis…

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