Tag Archives: Consumption Rates

Drive to Make Naloxone More Available in U.K.

The anti-overdose drug naloxone should be made more available in the U.K. in order to stop preventable deaths among addicts, according to the government’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD). The Guardian reported Sept. 13 that the panel …

Half of U.S. Prisons Fail to Adequately Treat Opiate Addiction

Opiate-replacement therapy (ORT) such as methadone and buprenorphine are available in only about half of all federal and state prison systems, and just 23 states provide referrals to addiction treatment upon release from prison, according to new research.  Medical News …

Doctors Wrongly Assume Harm in Asking Mentally Ill Smokers to Quit

Smoking is widely prevalent among individuals with mental illnesses, but many doctors are loathe to encourage such patients to quit out of a misguided fear that doing so will exacerbate their mental problems, Science Daily reported Sept. 9. “These doctors …

Smoking Three Cigarettes a Day Can Kill You

A new study from the American Heart Association finds that smoking as few as three cigarettes daily raises the risk of cardiovascular disease by 65 percent, WVNS-TV reported Sept. 1. Secondhand-smoke exposure raises the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease …

Community-Based Prevention Program Helped Cut Binge Drinking, Study Finds

An ongoing evaluation of the Communities That Care prevention model found that communities that implemented the program had significantly lower rates of binge drinking than similar areas nearby, according to researchers at the University of Washington. Eighth-graders exposed to Communities …

Tobacco Companies Sue FDA Over Ad Restrictions

A group of tobacco companies has filed a lawsuit claiming that the new federal law giving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is unconstitutional, the Wall Street Journal reported Sept. 1. Firms including Reynolds American and Lorillard claim that …

U.S. Navy Cracking Down on Sailors’ Drinking, Drug Use

The U.S. Navy has announced that it is increasing the pace of drug tests and implementing other measures to deter illicit drug use and binge drinking, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Aug. 26. Random testing of Navy personnel will be …

West Virginia Leads Nation in Prescribing Drugs

Doctors in West Virginia write an average of 17.7 prescriptions for every resident of the state, far above the national per-capita rate of 11.5, Forbes reported Aug. 18. Healthcare information firm Verispan said in a new report that Southern states …

U.S. Currency Contaminated with Cocaine

The vast majority of U.S. paper money in circulation contains traces of cocaine, a new study finds. CNN reported Aug. 18 that researchers found that 90 percent of $1, $5, $10, $20 and $50 bills tested had detectable cocaine residue. …

E-Cigarettes Should Be for Adults Only, Calif. Lawmaker Says

Youths should be prohibited from using so-called e-cigarettes just as they are barred from smoking traditional cigarettes, says California state Sen. Ellen Corbett. The Sacramento Bee reported Aug. 14 that while California law makes it illegal for youths under age …