Tag Archives: Agencies

CDC: Prescription Drug Overdoses and Binge Drinking Vary by Race, Income

In a first-of-its-kind report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) broke down data on health disparities by race, ethnicity, income, and education, The New York Times reported Jan. 13. The report included data on the impact of alcohol …

Anti-Smoking Drugs Alter Brain to Curb Cravings, Two Studies Suggest

New research indicates smoking-cessation drugs may work by changing the way our brains react to seeing others smoke, HealthDay News reported Jan. 3. In separate studies, researchers from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of …

Family History of Alcoholism Ups Obesity Risk

A family history of alcoholism could make people more likely to overindulge on junk food, Reuters reported Dec. 31. To assess whether familial alcohol dependence was linked to obesity, Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) researchers compared national survey data …

Maine Tops Nation in Treatment Admissions for Prescription Painkillers

New government data shows that Maine consistently outstripped other states over the past decade when measured by the number of residents seeking treatment for prescription painkillers, the Bangor Daily News reported Jan. 4.  The report, conducted by the Substance Abuse …

Leading Critic of Menthol Cigarettes Resigns from FDA Advisory Committee

Gregory N. Connolly, a professor of public health at Harvard, has resigned from a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee that will soon make recommendations on whether to ban menthol in cigarettes, The Wall Street Journal reported Jan. 5. …

Drug Court Professionals Use Facebook to Spread Word

To promote drug courts worldwide, the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) has created a Facebook page called All Rise. …

Beyond Four Loko: Tackling Alcohol Ads for Young Drinkers

While removing alcoholic energy drinks such as Four Loko from the market may have been necessary, it doesn’t solve underage drinking and binge drinking -- or the advertising by the alcohol industry that, at least in part, fuels them. …

First State to Ban Alcoholic Energy Drinks? Utah

Amid the recent buzz about Four Loko tragedies, the efforts of Pennsylvania, Michigan (and now Oklahoma) regulators have taken center stage. It turns out another state, Utah, had already banned alcoholic energy drinks -- by not permitting distribution of the products in the first place. …

Authority and Leadership in Recovery from Addiction: Learning from Experience

Want to learn more about your "reactions to exercising and encountering authority," and how they intersect with recovery from addiction? Then you might be interested in an experiential learning conference being held in Chicago in January. …

New Trend on Campus? ’Drunkorexia’

What the heck is ’drunkorexia?’ That’s when you cut down on food calories and replace them with alcohol, a practice that some college students are engaging in. …