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Graphic Tobacco Warnings Could Soon Appear in Mass. Stores

Federal stimulus money could be used to pay for a Massachusetts campaign to mandate display of posters with graphic health warnings at tobacco retail outlets, the Boston Globe reported May 12. The state’s Public Health Council is expected to formally …

Study: Friends, Relatives Biggest Source of Opiate Painkillers

A startling 97 percent of individuals who misused painkillers like Vicodin and OxyContin said that they got the drug from a friend or relative with a prescription, HealthDay News reported Feb. 18. Researchers who surveyed 5,300 adults in Utah found …

Montana Ballot Initiative Would Direct Alcohol Taxes to Treatment, Prevention

Montana Supreme Court Justice and former Attorney General Mike McGrath has unveiled a ballot initiative that would earmark $5 million per year in state alcohol taxes to pay for addiction treatment, prevention, and drug/DUI courts, KFBB-TV reported Feb. 9. The …

Colo. Senate Panel Votes to Tighten Regulation of Medical Marijuana

The Colorado Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted 6-1 in favor of a bill that would require medical-marijuana patients to have a “bona-fide relationship” with a doctor in order to be able to use the drug for medical reasons, …

Study Explores Opioid Overdoses Among Pain Patients

A study of about 10,000 pain patients receiving opioid drugs found that 51 seriously overdosed during a 45-month period, and six died, WebMD reported Jan. 19. Most patients who overdosed were receiving less than 100 mg of opioids daily, but the …

Family Dinners Still Popular in U.S. Homes

More than 60 percent of families in the U.S. said they ate family dinners together at least five nights during the past week, according to a new survey conducted by the Associated Press-iVillage Food, the Associated Press reported Nov. 12. …

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 …

Obama Orders End to Prosecution of Medical-Marijuana Patients

Individuals legally using or supplying medical marijuana under state law should not be prosecuted under federal drug laws, the Obama administration has ordered. The Los Angeles Times reported Oct. 19 that the U.S. Justice Department has issued a new directive …

Adult Drug Treatment Courts Funded

Adult drug treatment courts in 44 communities nationally will be expanded thanks to $38.2 million in grants recently awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The three-year grants will be used to provide addiction treatment, recovery …

Cigarette Companies Use Color to Convey ’Mild’ Message

Federal law will soon bar cigarette companies from using terms like ’mild’ and ’light’ to describe their products, but marketers are using pastels and other soft color schemes on packaging to convey the same impression, the Boston Globe reported Oct. …