Tag Archives: Agencies

Treatment Programs Report Surge in Prescription Drug Admissions

About one in 10 people admitted to addiction treatment programs in 2008 misused prescription drugs, quadruple the rate reported in 1998, ABC News reported July 16. “People are getting treatment, which is good news. But the bad news is the …

Join Together News Roundup for July 19, 2010

Controversy over alcohol content has led retailers to pull kombucha tea from store shelves ... A new generation of cigarette vending machine may be coming to some New York City bars ... Violent drinkers can benefit from a combination of therapy and antidepressants, a study finds ... A new animal study offers insights into possible gene therapy for cocaine ... …

Violent Drinkers May Benefit from Mix of Counseling and Antidepressants

A small research study suggests that violent men with drinking problems can be treated successfully with a combination of addiction counseling, behavioral therapy, and antidepressants, Reuters reported July 9. The study of treatments for domestic abusers found that adding Prozac …

Mixed Results for H.S. Drug Testing

High-school students who face mandatory drug testing may be less likely to use drugs in the short term, but the protective effect doesn’t last, according to a new U.S. Department of Education study. USA Today reported July 18 that a …

Legalization Could Cut Marijuana Prices 80 Percent, RAND Estimates

A study on the expected impact of marijuana legalization in California predicts that the price of the drug would drop steeply, the Sacramento Bee reported July 8. The RAND Corp. study estimated that marijuana prices could fall as much as …

Join Together News Roundup for July 12, 2010

Progress in the war on teen smoking has slowed to a crawl, and the government will miss a key target for smoking cessation, a CDC report says ... The head of California’s NAACP chapter is under fire for supporting a marijuana legalization ballot initiative ... San Francisco has drawn up the first regulations on marijuana-infused foods ... Alcoholic energy drinks are being marketed to kids, Sen. Charles Schumer says ... …

Underage Drinkers Can Lose Driving Privileges, Illinois Court Rules

Illinois residents under age 21 who are caught drinking alcohol can lose their driver’s licenses even if they weren’t drinking and driving, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled.The Belleville News-Democrat reported June 25 that the high court dismissed the arguments of …

U.K. Approves Marijuana-Based Drug

The U.K.’s primary medical regulatory body has approved a cannabis-derived spray for treatment of spasticity in multiple-sclerosis patients, Reuters reported June 18.  The drug, Sativex, was the first marijuana-based medication to be cleared for prescription use in Canada, where it …

Specialized Treatment Programs Sparse for Gay and Lesbian Clients, SAMHSA Says

The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population has higher rates of addiction than the general population in the U.S., but only a fraction of treatment programs offer services designed specifically to meet their cultural needs, according to a new …

Colorado Springs Rakes in Medical Marijuana Tax Revenues

Tax revenue from medical marijuana sales is increasing exponentially in Colorado Springs, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported June 21.  Average monthly tax revenue from medical marijuana has gone from $4,000 to $40,000 during the last year, although total revenue is …