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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its first warning letters to retailers for selling tobacco to minors, Reuters reported Jan. 7. The FDA was

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Hazelden, the Minnesota-based addiction treatment center, has created what may be the first in-patient program in the nation specifically designed for attorneys.

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Phusion Projects Phusion Projects, LLC, maker of alcoholic energy drink Four Loko — known to college students as ’blackout in a can’ — has suddenly gotten ’serious’ about alcohol abuse and underage drinking on college campuses.

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) seeks public feedback by Oct. 22 on its plan to focus on eight strategic initiatives.


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Impaired driving by people using legal prescription drugs is hard to detect and prosecute, experts say … Most doctors say they don’t report colleagues they know are impaired by alcohol or other drugs … A U.S. ban on sales of clove cigarettes could be undone by international trade agreements …

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Youth smoking had a good run as a top-of-mind issue among U.S. parents and preventionists — 30 years or more, by some estimates — but now seems to have taken a back seat to childhood obesity in the national consciousness.

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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

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Funding for tobacco prevention programs has dried up and — perhaps not coincidentally — progress against smoking in the U.S. has stalled, Steven A. Schroeder, M.D., and Kenneth E. Warner, Ph.D. wrote in a New England Journal of Medicine editorial that called for renewed attention to countermarketing efforts and other interventions.

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Treatment for high blood pressure as a result of binge drinking has increased 74 percent in five years in the U.K., the Daily Mail reported

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Peru is now the world’s top grower of coca leaf, the essential ingredient in cocaine production, Reuters reported June 23.  With 119,000 metric tons of

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