Tag Archives: Agencies

Alcohol Responsible for Over Half of Russian Deaths in One Decade

More than half of deaths among Russians ages 15 to 54 were attributable to alcohol consumption during the 10-year period following the collapse of the Soviet Union in late 1991, compared to less than 4 percent worldwide, according to a …

College Students of Both Genders Binge Drinking More

Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine found that a decline in binge drinking among males 12- to 20-years-old did not extend to females of the same age, and that both male and female college students are bingeing more. …

Arizona Legislators Consider Banning Methadone Users from Driving

Arizona’s state legislators debated this week the pros and cons of banning methadone users from driving, and in the end voted to amend the state’s DUI law to allow methadone users to drive only if they are taking their medication …

Army Sees Increase in Alcohol Abuse Among Soldiers

Far greater numbers of U.S. Army soldiers are dealing with significant drinking problems, according to a new report, USA Today reported June 18. The number of soldiers diagnosed with alcoholism or alcohol abuse has almost doubled since 2003, positive tests for …

R.I. Assembly Overrides Veto of Marijuana Dispensary Bill

The Rhode Island House of Representatives and Senate overrode Gov. Donald L. Carcieri’s veto of legislation that would allow state-licensed “compassion centers” to sell marijuana to patients with chronic pain and other debilitating diseases, the Providence Journal reported June 17.   …

Meth Group Reaches Out to Teens in Spanish

The Meth Project, which is known for using graphic images in its ads to show the consequences of methamphetamine use, is now reaching out to Spanish-speaking teens in the Western U.S. through new radio and TV ads, CNN reported June …

Lower Drinking Age Associated with Poor Birth Outcomes

A new study from the University of Georgia concludes that lowering the legal drinking age could affect the rate of unplanned pregnancies and pre-term births among young women. The findings suggest that lowering the drinking age makes alcohol more accessible …

Delaware Medical Marijuana Bill Reaches Senate Floor

The full Delaware Senate could soon vote on a measure that would legalize medical use of marijuana in the state, the Wilmington News Journal reported June 4. With no opposition, the measure cleared a Senate committee and headed to the floor, …

FDA Wants Drug Ads Toned Down

Pharmaceutical companies need to stop using various advertising techniques to distract viewers from learning about the side-effects of prescription drugs marketed on TV, according to draft guidelines issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Reuters reported May 26 …

Tobacco Industry Has Few Friends Left in Congress

The U.S. tobacco industry, which once had the power to block most federal legislation it did not like, has lost most of its allies on Capitol Hill apart from a handful of lawmakers from traditional tobacco states. The Associated Press …