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$13.5 Million Awarded for Treatment Capacity Expansion

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded $15.3 million in grants for expanding addiction treatment capacity “in communities that can most benefit from these types of integrated comprehensive services,” the agency announced. Thirteen grantees will receive …

Federal Government Pushes Development of Addiction Vaccines

The federal government wants to leverage interest and investment in vaccine development to get pharmaceutical companies to develop drugs that could “inoculate” people against addiction to cocaine, nicotine, and other substances, Reuters reported Oct. 20. “There is an enormous amount …

Medical Marijuana Unlikely to Be Covered in Health Plans

Medical marijuana and healthcare reform are both hot topics, but the odds are against medical-marijuana users getting reimbursed by their health plans for purchases of the drug. The Associated Press reported Oct. 20 that while the federal government has eased …

Immune Response Hindered by Binge Drinking

Add avoiding binge drinking to the list of things you can do to prevent catching the swine flu or other infectious diseases: new research shows that excessive drinking can suppress your immune system for up to 24 hours. The BBC reported …

Marijuana Going Mainstream in Arts, Some Communities

Drug references are blossoming in popular culture and marijuana use has become increasingly mainstream in urban areas like Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reported Aug. 30. Even Cheech and Chong are making a comeback as marijuana references become more …

Army Documents Link Between Murder and Mental Illness, Addiction

Combat stress and behavioral-health problems were underlying causes in most cases where soldiers at a key Army base committed murder after returning from war zones, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported July 15. The report came after a half-dozen Fort Carson, …

Dad’s Drinking Predicts Teen Imbibing, Study Finds

Living with an alcoholic father dramatically increases the risk of binge drinking among teenagers, according to new research from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Researchers said that more than 10 percent of 12- to 17-year-old children of …

States Seek $150 Million More for Block Grant

The National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) is calling on House and Senate appropriators to increase funding of the federal addictions (SAPT) block grant by $150 million in FY2010. “The current economy poses even more challenges …

R.I. Governor Vetoes Marijuana Dispensary Bill

Rhode Island Gov. Donald L. Carcieri has vetoed legislation that would have allowed state-licensed centers to sell marijuana to registered patients with chronic and debilitating illnesses, The Providence Journal reported June 13. “Although the intent of the legislation is to …

Few Countries Put Health Warnings on Tobacco Products, CDC Finds

Health warnings placed on tobacco product packages are effective, but few countries have adopted an international treaty that mandates such warnings, UPI reported May 21. Tobacco health warnings support the intention to quit tobacco use, discourage the intention to start …