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Wounds of War: Drug Problems Among Iraq, Afghan Vets Could Dwarf Vietnam

The U.S. could face a wave of addiction and mental-health problems among returning veterans of the Iraq and Afghan wars greater than that resulting from the Vietnam War, according to experts at the recent Wounds of War conference sponsored by …

Ohio Not Expected to Follow Michigan’s Lead on Medical Marijuana

Michigan’s recent enactment of medical-marijuana legislation is unlikely to prompt similar action in Ohio, at least in the near-term, the Toledo Blade reported June 1. Advocates for medical marijuana in Ohio are drafting legislation to be introduced this fall, but …

Communities Profit from Nonprofit Advocacy, Study Finds

A new report from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) found that North Carolina residents received $89 in benefits for every $1 that foundations invested in advocacy, organizing and civic-engagement efforts by 13 local nonprofits, PNN Online reported May 8. …

N.J. Considers Immunity for Underage Drinkers Who Seek Emergency Help

The New Jersey Senate is considering legislation that would shield minors from prosecution if they call the police for help when friends need medical attention because they drank too much alcohol. The Associated Press reported May 4 that the law …

Lung Association: States Failing to Implement Tobacco Control Policies

The American Lung Association says that few U.S. states took substantive action in 2008 to reduce tobacco use and prevent smoking-related deaths. In its annual report, “State Legislated Actions on Tobacco Issues” the association said only three states and the …

Even Patients with Severe Liver Problems Benefit from Abstinence

Abstinence from alcohol has a more profound effect on survival rates than the degree of cirrhosis among patients with alcohol-related liver disease, according to researchers who said that stopping drinking at any stage will benefit liver patients. Science Daily reported …

Smoking Could Make PTSD Worse

Researchers say that the effect of nicotine on brain activity may exacerbate Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among smokers, and that alcohol, tobacco and other drug use by PTSD patients suggests the need for simultaneous treatment of co-occurring addictive and mental-health …

Author of Book on Addiction Struggles with Relapse

Nic Sheff has written a highly regarded book on addiction but is still waging a very public battle with relapse, CNN reported April 16. Sheff’s book, “Tweak,” details the personal costs incurred by the author’s addiction to crack, heroin, methamphetamine, …

Prevention Groups Say Smoking Marijuana Supports Violent Mexican Cartels

Some drug-prevention groups are shifting their message to students based on current events, equating smoking marijuana to supporting Mexico’s violent drug cartels, the Wall Street Journal reported April 10. Groups like the North Coastal Prevention Coalition in San Diego County …

Smoking in Bars Permitted Under N.C. Indoor Smoking Legislation

The North Carolina House of Representatives has approved indoor-smoking legislation with a gaping loophole: the measure will allow bars to continue to allow smoking. The Associated Press reported April 2 that House lawmakers voted 72-45 in favor of the bill, …