Tag Archives: Crime

Virginia Governor Leads Drive for Privatization of Liquor Distribution

Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell has spent months quietly trying to build consensus around a plan to shutter state liquor stores established after Prohibition and return the distribution of alcohol to private wholesalers and retailers, the Washington Post reported July 18. …

Phoenix House’s Rosenthal Named to PDFA Board

Mitchell S. Rosenthal, M.D., the founder and former president and CEO of the Phoenix House chain of addiction treatment centers, has been named to the board of directors of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America (PDFA). …

Is Obesity Overtaking Tobacco Use as Top Threat to Kids in Public Mind?

Youth smoking had a good run as a top-of-mind issue among U.S. parents and preventionists -- 30 years or more, by some estimates -- but now seems to have taken a back seat to childhood obesity in the national consciousness. …

Join Together News Roundup for July 20, 2010

The U.S. Patent Office has pulled back from trademarking medical-marijuana related products ... Statistically, solders at Fort Bliss, Texas are more at risk at home than on the battlefield ... Americans are drinking more at home and less at bars and restaurants ... "One-pot" recipe for methamphetamine is fueling a comeback for meth labs in Oklahoma ... …

San Francisco Regulates Marijuana Foods

The San Francisco Department of Public Health has issued the nation’s first regulations on the labeling and sale of marijuana-infused edibles, the East Bay Express reported July 7. Under the new regulations, marijuana cookies and brownies must be individually and …

Don’t Forget Tobacco, Experts Say

Funding for tobacco prevention programs has dried up and -- perhaps not coincidentally -- progress against smoking in the U.S. has stalled, Steven A. Schroeder, M.D., and Kenneth E. Warner, Ph.D. wrote in a New England Journal of Medicine editorial that called for renewed attention to countermarketing efforts and other interventions. …

Radical and Dangerous: Possible Changes to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Alcohol

The alcohol section of the new Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee report (PDF) could represent a radical departure from the 2005 Dietary Guidelines1 if its conclusions are reflected in the final Dietary Guideline for alcohol scheduled to come out later this year. The …

Join Together News Roundup for July 7, 2010

Missouri has become the fifth U.S. state to ban K2, an herbal blend that mimics the effects of marijuana when smoked ... Price controls on potent alcoholic drinks have helped cut binge drinking, a Canadian province reports ... Healthcare providers need to pay more attention to smoking among gay and lesbian populations, says the American Lung Association ... The long-running legal battle over funding of an Ohio tobacco prevention foundation has reached the state Supreme Court ... …

Practicing What they Preach: Most Evangelical Leaders Abstain from Alcohol

A family history of alcoholism and religious teachings were among the reasons cited by the 60 percent of U.S. evangelical leaders who said they don’t drink alcohol socially, CNN reported June 24. About two out of three Americans drink, but …

Join Together News Roundup for June 21, 2010

Golden age vs. the Age of Aquarius: Baby Boomers are increasingly showing up in addiction treatment programs ... Costco is funding a campaign to rewrite the liquor-control laws in the state of Washington ... New FDA rules going into effect this week ban "light" and "mild" branding, impose new warning-label requirements ... Wink, wink, nudge, nudge: Philip Morris tells customers that Marlboro Gold is the same as Marlboro Lights; FDA not amused ... …