Tag Archives: Agencies

Charlie Sheen’s Latest Treatment Stay Termed ’Prehab’

Many people with addictions can’t access rehabilitation services, but if you’re a celebrity like Charlie Sheen you can get treatment even if you don’t currently have a drinking or drug problem, the New York Daily News reported Feb. 26. A …

Few Drug Users Get HIV Prevention Help, Global Report Says

Only a fraction of the world’s injection-drug users receive education or other assistance in preventing contraction or spreading of the HIV virus that causes AIDS, according to a new study that says government health officials often overlook a key vector …

Psychosis More Common Among Teen Marijuana Users: Study

Smoking marijuana as a teenager could raise the risk of developing schizophrenia and psychotic symptoms as a young adult, according to a new study that compared the prevalence of mental illness among marijuana users and non-users. Bloomberg News reported March …

Study: Snuff Causes Nicotine Dependence Like Smoking

Tobacco companies are promoting use of snuff and other smokeless tobacco products as an alternative to smoking, but new research shows that snuff users are just as addicted to nicotine as smokers, Reuters reported Feb. 25. Swedish researchers who studied …

U.S. and Mexico Pledge to Cut Drug Demand

The governments of Mexico and the United States have signed an pledge to cut demand for illicit drugs by stepped up treatment and prevention efforts, the El Paso Times reported Feb. 27. A bilateral declaration states that both countries will …

Big Tobacco Remains a Threat to Global Health, WHO Says

“If Big Tobacco is in retreat in some parts of the world, it is on the march in others,” says Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO). Reuters reported Feb. 26 that WHO officials — marking the …

Study: Blacks Drink Less, But More Likely to Use Illicit Drugs

African-Americans are less likely to drink alcohol than other adults — and have lower rates of binge drinking — but their rate of illicit-drug use is higher, according to a new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services …

N.M. House Votes to Allow Judges to Send Offenders to Treatment, Not Jail

A sentencing-reform bill aimed at drug offenders has passed the New Mexico House of Representatives after initially being rejected, the New Mexico Independent reported Feb. 16. Four days after rejecting a proposal to allow judges to send defendants to addiction-treatment …

Student Death Prompts Underage-Drinking Reporting Reform in Utah

Youths who call for help when underage drinkers get sick from drinking will get leniency — but not a free pass — from the courts under legislation approved by a Utah Senate panel. The Salt Lake Tribune reported Feb. 22 …

“NIDA to Host “”Blending Addiction Science and Treatment”” Conference”

The National Institute on Drug Abuse will host the 8th Blending Conference: ”Blending Addiction Science and Treatment:  Evidence-Based Treatment and Prevention in Diverse Populations and Settings,” on April 22-23, 2010 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. What:  A 2-day conference that will bring together clinicians and …