Tag Archives: Agencies

SAMHSA Seeks Public Comment on Eight Strategic Initiatives

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) seeks public feedback by Oct. 22 on its plan to focus on eight strategic initiatives. …

New, Redesigned SAMHSA Website

The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has redesigned its home page to correspond to its eights strategic initiatives and has launched an easy-to-use online publications store. …

Times Profiles Oakland Hero Doc

Diana Sylvestre, M.D., an Oakland, Calif., physician and Harvard Medical School grad, has devoted her practice to treating drug addicts, former addicts and others who have been infected with Hepatitis C. …

Proposed FDA Plan on Prescription Drugs Rejected

A lack of mandated training for physicians has helped sink a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposal intended to curb misuse of prescription drugs, the New York Times reported July 23. The FDA advisory committee voted 25-10 to reject …

More Americans Making Moonshine

Recession penny-pinching and the homemade food fad are driving more Americans — from hobbyists to trendy hipster kids — to make homemade liquor, or moonshine, the BBC reported July 18.  As many as a million Americans make their own distilled …

Join Together News Roundup for July 26, 2010

You can lead colleges to evidence-based programs, but you can’t make them adopt measures that stop kids from drinking ... Virginia’s governor wants the state out of the alcohol retail business ... Four big farms could legally supply Oakland’s medical-marijuana users, the city says ... Despite declining smoking rates and ongoing litigation, the tobacco industry continues to pull in big profits ... …

Skepticism Greets Industry Claims on Menthol Safety

U.S. tobacco companies have ramped up a campaign to keep menthol cigarettes on the market, but U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials are skeptical of claims that menthols are no more harmful than regular cigarettes and want to see …

Heroin Addicts in Africa Engage in Dangerous Blood-Sharing

“Flashblooding,” the act of injecting one heroin addict’s blood into another to share a high or ward off withdrawal, is becoming increasingly common in some African cities, the New York Times reported July 12. The practice puts users at the …

Tobacco Ads in Stores Lure Teens, Should Be Banned: Researchers

Teens who regularly visit stores that display point-of-sale ads for tobacco products were twice as likely to try smoking — a finding researchers said argues for a complete ban on such advertising. HealthDay News reported July 19 that researchers who …

N.M. Faces Medical Marijuana Shortage

Strict licensing and regulation of New Mexico’s medical-marijuana distribution has led to chronic shortages in supply of the drug, the Associated Press reported July 16. Only 11 growers have been approved in the three years since the state enacted its …