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Study: Teen Drinkers Who Smoke Marijuana Suffer Less Brain Damage

California researchers who studied teen brains say that marijuana use may provide some protection against damage caused by binge drinking, HealthDay News reported Aug. 21. Damage to white matter in the brains of 16- to 19-year-olds who smoked marijuana and …

Six Million Will Die in 2010 from Smoking, Researchers Predict

Six million people worldwide will die from smoking-related illnesses next year, according to the annual Tobacco Atlas report from the American Cancer Society. “Tobacco accounts for one out of every 10 deaths worldwide and will claim 5.5 million lives this …

Poison Center Calls for Teen Use of ADHD Drugs Soar

A new study shows a 76-percent increase in calls to poison-control centers regarding teen misuse of prescription drugs intended for treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the Washington Post reported Aug. 24. Researchers from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center …

Drug Possession Decriminalized in Mexico

Possession and use of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD and amphetamines are no longer criminal offenses in Mexico, the Associated Press reported Aug. 21. A law that went into effect this week decriminalized minor drug possession, although individuals …

Clear E-Cigarettes for Sale, Makers Ask Court

E-cigarettes are not marketed as a stop-smoking device and should be cleared for sale in the U.S., according to lawyers for device manufacturers who asked a federal judge to life an embargo imposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration …

Hands Off Tobacco Settlement Funds, Ohio Court Orders State

The state of Ohio has been permanently banned from raiding the state’s $250-million tobacco-settlement fund to use the money for other budgetary priorities, the Columbus Dispatch reported Aug. 11. Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and some lawmakers wanted to use the …

Mass. Alcohol Tax Battle Could Affect Addiction Funding

A campaign to roll back Massachusetts’ new alcohol sales tax has a direct bearing on funding for addiction programs, which stand to receive up to $100 million from the tax revenues. The Metro reported Aug. 5 that a proposed ballot …

House, Senate Vote to Kill Drug-Free School Formula Grants

Both houses of Congress seem to be of like mind regarding the future of the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities (SDFSC) program: eliminate the formula-based state grants portion of the program and shift a portion of the funding …

California Slashes Proposition 36 Funding

State law in California requires that nonviolent drug offenders be given the opportunity to attend treatment rather than go to prison, but the fallout from the state’s recent budget crisis could mean that many won’t be able to access services. …

U.S. Considers Paying Off Afghan Poppy Farmers

As additional U.S. forces push deep into southern Afghanistan — where the Taliban is the strongest and the cultivation of opium is the most lucrative — the Obama administration is considering paying local farmers to cease planting poppies, the Associated …