Tag Archives: Crime

Major U.S. Crackdown on Mexican Drug Cartel

A Mexican drug cartel that recruits members from drug-rehabilitation programs and has religious pretensions was the target of a U.S. law-enforcement sweep that resulted in 303 arrests, the New York Times reported Oct. 23. A series of 19 raids in …

Tobacco Firms Begin Paying for FDA Regulation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to collect $23 million in fees from the tobacco industry this year to pay for regulation of the industry, as authorized by Congress and signed into law in June. The Associated Press …

New Research on Medical Uses of LSD

LSD got its start in a psychiatric research lab, and decades after its heyday as a hallucinogenic party drug of the 1960s it is now being studied once again for possible medical applications, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Sept. 27 …

College Drinking Reduced by Online Interventions

College students who received Internet-based screening and brief interventions were less likely to drink alcohol, according to researchers from Australia and New Zealand. For the study, more than 7,200 undergraduate students ages 17-24 were prescreened for alcohol use. Those classified …

Broader Marketing of Marlboro Snus Planned

Test-marketing of Marlboro Snus will give way to broader sales of the product, a form of smokeless tobacco that manufacturer Philip Morris USA is pitching as an alternative to cigarette use. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Sept. 10 that expansion beyond …

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 …

Teen Drinkers Often Intend to Get Drunk, Survey Finds

Most teens are not regular drinkers, but those who do drink on a monthly basis are frequently imbibing in order to get drunk, according to a major finding of the 2009 Teen Survey released today from The National Center on Addiction and …

Stroke, Heart Attack Risk Tied to Smokeless-Tobacco Use

More than 5 percent of all strokes and heart attacks in Sweden are associated with smokeless-tobacco use, according to a research review that confirmed a small but firm association between use of such products and disease. HealthDay News reported Aug. …

Even Short-Term Smoking Makes MS Worse, Study Finds

People with multiple sclerosis (MS) tend to have more severe brain-tissue destruction and atrophy if they ever smoked regularly in their lifetime, according to a new study from the University of Buffalo. Science Daily reported Aug. 18 that researchers studying …

Pleasure, Stress Relief Among Top Reasons Smokers Light Up

A British poll finds that half of smokers say they enjoy the experience, while 47 percent cite the need for stress relief as their reason for lighting up. The Independent reported July 29 that the study by Cancer Research UK …