Tag Archives: Consumer Protection

NIDA Announces 2009 Avant-Garde Awards for Innovative HIV/AIDS Research

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has chosen four researchers to receive its 2009 Avant-Garde Awards for HIV/AIDS research on prevention and treatment among illicit-drug users. Each award winner will receive $500,000 annual grants over five years. This year’s …

Company Wants FDA Blessing to Market ’Safer’ Tobacco Products

A Virginia company plans to ask the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for permission to market its smokeless-tobacco products as “modified risk,” the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Sept. 23. Star Scientific Inc. aims to be the first company to seek …

Senate OKs Parity Amendment to Leading Healthcare Reform Bill

Health insurance plans in the small-group and non-group market would be required to adhere to the addiction and mental-health parity provisions of last years’ Wellstone/Domenici law under a amendment to the Senate’s leading healthcare-reform bill approved this week. The Senate …

Beer Industry Tax Break Bill Wins Majority Support in House

Legislation that would cut beer taxes charged to brewers has garnered 218 cosponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives, enough to get the measure passed in the 435-member House, according to the Beer Institute. The bill, H.R. 836, would roll …

N.Y. Television Stations Reject Medical Marijuana Ads

The ABC, CBS and Fox affiliates in New York have rejected ads seeking public support for a medical-marijuana bill, the New York Daily News reported Sept. 17. The ads from the Marijuana Policy Project call on voters to urge lawmakers …

Federal Court Backs S.F. Ban on Drugstore Cigarette Sales

A federal appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Philip Morris and cleared the way for the city of San Francisco to enforce a law banning cigarette sales in pharmacies, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Sept. 10. The cigarette …

More Marijuana Plantations Being Found on U.S. Public Lands

U.S. authorities have found illicit marijuana crops growing in 61 national forests in 16 states this year, from California to Virginia, the Wall Street Journal reported Sept. 3. That’s up sharply from last year, when marijuana was found growing in …

Ban Alcohol Ads, British Medical Association Says

Citing an alarming rise in alcohol consumption and drinking-related illness and death, the British Medical Association (BMA) is calling for a ban on all types of alcohol advertising, the BBC reported Sept. 8. A new BMA report says that the alcohol …

Report Says U.K. Has Worst Teen Alcohol Problems

Teenagers in the U.K. are more likely to get drunk than those in other industrialized nations, according to a new report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The BBC reported Sept. 1 that the study found that …

NIATx launches ACTION Campaign II: Financial Strength in a Changing World

In the United States, 23.2 million persons aged 12 or older need treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem, yet only one in ten receive treatment.*  Substance abuse treatment agencies struggle to improve access to the growing need …