Tag Archives: Availability

Addiction Linked to 9 of Top 10 Causes of Death in Alaska

Nine of the 10 leading causes of death in Alaska — all but Alzheimer’s disease — include alcohol, tobacco or other drug addiction as an underlying cause, the Juneau Empire reported March 15. Smoking, for example, is a leading cause …

FDA Hears Mixed Opinions on Menthol Cigarettes

Some health officials told a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel that adding menthol to cigarettes could make smoking easier and more addictive, an opinion challenged by representatives of the tobacco industry. Reuters reported March 30 that the FDA’s …

Peruvian Vine Could Yield Addiction Treatment Meds

Ayahuasca, a jungle vine from Peru, is being studied as a source for a variety of medications, including possibly addiction treatment, the Voice of America reported March 23. The word ayahuasca means “vine of the dead,” and the plant has …

U.S. and Mexico Expand Antidrug Cooperation

A new $331-million antidrug strategy unveiled this week by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would build on the Bush administration’s so-called Merida Initiative and improve cooperation between intelligence communities, border screening, community law enforcement, and joint socioeconomic programs intended to …

NJ Community Leadership Initiative Training

*Editor’s Note, March 31, 2010: Registration for these trainings has been closed due to high demand. If you would like to be added to a waiting list, please contact Aaron Kucharski at: akucharski@ncaddnj.org or fax: 609-689-3244. The Community Leadership Initiative is …

Inhalants are Drug of Choice in Early Adolescence, Report Says

A new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) says that inhalants trail only alcohol among the substances used by 12-year-olds to get high, Reuters reported March 11. In fact, more 12-year-olds — 7 percent of …

Secondhand Smoke Can Damage Teens’ Arteries, Study Finds

Teens exposed to secondhand smoke have measurably thicker arteries than adolescents who are not exposed, suggesting that for children “even a little exposure to tobacco smoke may be harmful for blood vessels,” according to researcher Katariina Kallio of the University …

PLoS Journal to Reject Research Funded by Tobacco Industry

Researchers who accept money from the tobacco industry will no longer be able to get their work published in PLoS Medicine, a journal produced by the Public Library of Science (PLoS). Reuters reported Feb. 23 that the new policy was detailed …

Marijuana Decriminalization Considered in R.I.

A state Senate leader and the group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) are pressing state lawmakers to decriminalize marijuana possession in Rhode Island, the Wall Street Journal reported Feb. 3. Sen. Josh Miller, a local restaurant owner, heads a special …

Alcohol Use in Pregnancy Changes Fetal Genes, Animal Study Finds

An animal study conducted at Australia’s Queensland Institute of Medical Research found that alcohol exposure during pregnancy can cause permanent genetic changes in fetuses, the Australian Associated Press reported Jan. 15. Researchers fed mice either water or alcohol during early …