Tag Archives: Crime

N.M. Okays Beer Pong in Bars

New Mexico has ruled that beer pong can be played again in local bars as long as the games don’t involve drinking alcohol or gambling, the Portales News-Tribune reported Feb. 28. “It’s against the law for [liquor] licensees to allow …

U.N. Says Designer Drugs a Global Threat

When it comes to controlling the harmful effects of drugs, governments worldwide have a long “to-do” list, according to a watchdog group at the United Nations. The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) has issued its annual report with a number …

Drug Court Tests Recovery App for Smartphones

"Researchers are pilot-testing a smartphone application in an adult drug court program in Massachusetts to find out if it can help participants be more successful. " …

Alcoholism: Is It All in the Genes?

We know alcoholism runs in families -- children with alcoholic parents have quadruple the risk of developing a drinking problem later in life than those without -- but is the link genetic or the result of other influences? …

Ill. Gov. Eliminates Funding for Treatment and Prevention

The state of Illinois will cease to fund alcohol and drug treatment and prevention programs as of March 15, the News-Gazette reported Feb. 19. The cuts are part of Governor Pat Quinn’s proposed 2012 budget. The cuts are scheduled to …

Study: Marijuana Linked to Early Onset of Psychosis

A new study suggests marijuana may accelerate the onset of psychotic disorders in some young users, Reuters reported Feb. 7. Matthew Large and colleagues at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, along with investigators at two U.S. sites, …

More Employers Saying Smokers Need Not Apply

An increasing number of hospitals and medical businesses are making tobacco use a reason to reject job applicants or fire existing employees, The New York Times reported Feb. 10. Under the new “tobacco-free” hiring policies, applicants can be turned away …

Recovery Advocates Call on U.S. Representatives to Join Addiction Caucus

"Faces & Voices of Recovery is organizing recovery and treatment advocates to ask their U.S. Representatives in Congress to join an addiction caucus focused on substance use disorders treatment and recovery." …

New Dietary Guidelines on Alcohol Keep Daily Drinking Yardstick

"Thanks to comments from public health advocates -- including many of you -- the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans do not suggest a weekly average for alcohol consumption. Consistent with current scientific evidence, the guidelines suggest up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men for moderate consumers. " …

NFL Players: Injury, Pain, and Opioid Misuse

A new study performed by researchers at the Washington University in St. Louis has found that players retired from the National Football League (NFL) are far more likely than the general population to use and misuse opioid painkillers, the L.A. …