Tag Archives: Consumption Rates

U.S. Changes Drug Policy in Afghanistan

Richard C.  Holbrooke, the Obama administration’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, recently told reporters at a meeting of G8 foreign ministers that the U.S. would be fundamentally changing its drug policy in Afghanistan, the New York Times reported June …

Young Adults’ Need for Addiction Treatment Outpaces Desire for Help

Federal researchers say that 21.1 percent of Americans ages 18 to 25 have alcohol or other drug problems serious enough to require addiction treatment, but few of them recognized their need for help or sought assistance from a treatment facility, according …

Oregon Poised to Enter the Hemp Business

The Oregon Senate has approved legislation which would allow farmers to cultivate and process hemp, a crop closely related to marijuana, the Oregonian reported June 19. The bill now goes to the state House for consideration. For the measure to be …

Houston Plagued by Drunk Driving Deaths

Houston’s Harris County has the highest rate of drunk-driving fatalities among populous counties in the U.S., and issues about 10,000 drunk-driving citations annually, in what District Attorney Pat Lykos termed a “pandemic plague” of alcohol-related problems on local roads. The …

Navy Culture Contributes to Heavy Drinking

Series: Drugs in the Military The young age of recruits, cycles of activity and boredom, and general attitudes about alcohol use are all parts of Navy culture that contribute to heavy drinking among sailors, according to a new study. ScienceDaily reported …

Florida Pain Doctor’s Appeal Denied by State Supreme Court

The Florida Supreme Court recently declined to review the case of Sharon Johnston, a Naples doctor found guilty of criminally dispensing controlled substances, the Naples News reported June 8.   Johnston was arrested in 2007 after three undercover agents from the …

Scientists Show How Brain Protein is Involved in Addiction

Researchers have demonstrated that a naturally occurring brain protein known as Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) can be manipulated to produce increased activity in the brain similar to when opiates are ingested, the Deseret News reported May 28. Neurobiologist Hector …

Jury Orders RJR to Pay $30 Million to Widow of Florida Smoker

Cigarette maker R.J. Reynolds has been ordered to pay $30 million to the widow of a Florida man who died from lung cancer, another in a string of verdicts against the tobacco industry, Consumer Affairs reported June 2. The Benny …

WHO: Countries Need Enforceable Policies to Restrict Smoking in Movies

The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on countries to create policies that would restrict images of smoking in movies. Previous research indicates that smoking in movies lead youth to believe that smoking is normal, acceptable and socially beneficial, according …

Mass. Alcohol and Other Drug Advocacy Leadership Training Institutes

Alcohol and other drug addiction is the cause of serious human, social and financial consequences for individuals, families and all communities in Massachusetts. Every aspect of our social service, health care and criminal justice systems bear significant financial burdens due …