Tag Archives: Brain

Drug Use Widespread Among Arrestees, ONDCP Says

An annual study of newly arrested offenders finds that up to 87 percent of men accused of crimes tested positive for the presence of illicit drugs, according to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). The 2008 Arrestee Drug …

Beer Tax Eyed to Pay for Healthcare Reform

Senate lawmakers are looking at raising the federal tax on beer and soft drinks as part of a funding package for national healthcare reform, which could cost the nation up to $1.5 trillion over 10 years, the Associated Press reported …

Cigarettes More Toxic for Women, Study Finds

Female smokers get sicker at a younger age than their male counterparts, according to a new study that looked at the lung damage caused by smoking. Reuters reported May 18 that the study, led by researcher Inga-Cecilie Soerheim of Brigham …

Challenge to Calif.’s Medical Marijuana Law Defeated

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected without comment a challenge to California’s Proposition 215 filed by a pair of counties, the San Francisco Chronicle reported May 19. The high court rejected a case filed by San Diego and San Bernadino …

Average THC in Marijuana Tops 10 Percent, Federal Study Says

An annual government study of marijuana potency found that the average THC content in street samples of the drug topped 10 percent for the first time last year, CNN reported May 14. The average THC level in marijuana has been …

Teens Who Drink When Depressed at Higher Risk of Suicide

The risk of suicide rises sharply among teens who drink when they are feeling depressed, a new study finds. Reuters reported May 8 that suicide risk increased 68 percent among students in grades 7-12 who drank when they felt depressed …

Illinois Coalition ’Sticker Shocks’ Community

It’s not often that teenagers, parents, prevention specialists, liquor retailers, and law-enforcement officials come together over the issue of underage drinking, but more than 2,000 community volunteers in Illinois recently rallied around a campaign to discourage adults from buying alcohol …

SAMHSA and FDA Launch Methadone Education Campaign

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are teaming up to launch a new education program on methadone safety. The program, ”Follow Directions: How to Use Methadone Safely,” is meant to educate …

Taliban Drug Money Targeted by U.S. Military

The U.S. military is planning to send 20,000 troops into Afghanistan’s main opium-growing region in order to choke off the drug money used to fund the Taliban insurgency, the New York Times reported April 29. Commanders expect heavy fighting in …

Supreme Court Limits Warrantless Vehicle Searches

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court has ruled that police must obtain a search warrant to search a vehicle of an arrestee if the suspect is secured in a patrol car and poses no threat to officers, the Associated …