Tag Archives: Economic

Alcohol’s Effect on the Brain is Rapid, Detrimental

Researchers at Heidelberg University in Germany have found that it takes only six minutes for a change in brain cells to occur after drinking the equivalent of about three glasses of beer or two glasses of wine, Science Daily reported …

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 …

House Republicans Propose Drug Funding Cuts

Republican leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives have proposed eliminating the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) to save $220 million over the next five years, the  Huffington Post reported June 4. GOP leaders Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Rep. …

Proposed Oregon Beer Tax Still Alive

With less than two weeks left in Oregon’s 2009 legislature session, Rep. Ben Cannon (D-Portland) and Sen. Floyd Prozanski (D-Eugene) are proposing an updated version of the beer tax they introduced earlier this year, the Bend Bulletin reported June 18. The …

Calif. Legalization Advocates Focus on 2010 Ballot

Marijuana-legalization advocates in California are looking to get legislation to tax and regulate the drug on the state ballot for November 2010, the San Francisco Chronicle reported June 10. The initiative would allow people 21 years of age and older to …

Regulation Uneven as E-Cigarettes Gain Popularity

New smokeless, electronic cigarettes have become increasingly popular in the U.S., with smokers buying the devices online even as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has intercepted some shipments of the products, saying that they are unapproved drug-delivery devices. …

Tobacco Industry Has Few Friends Left in Congress

The U.S. tobacco industry, which once had the power to block most federal legislation it did not like, has lost most of its allies on Capitol Hill apart from a handful of lawmakers from traditional tobacco states. The Associated Press …

Heaviest Smokers at Increased Lung-Cancer Death Risk

Smoking intensity may predict lung-cancer mortality, according to new research from West Virginia University. Researchers led by Nancy Guo at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center found that lung-cancer patients who smoked two or more packs of cigarettes each day …

NY Grassroots Advocacy Training Initiative

New York’s Closing the Addiction Treatment Gap project focuses on targeted grassroots advocacy and media work to promote increased state funding for addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery. We hope to expand communication between already existing coalitions and to extend beyond …

Obama’s First Drug Budget Fails to Shift Priorities

The chairman of a House oversight committee last week chided the Obama administration for failing to live up to its rhetoric about ending the war on drugs and taking a new approach to preventing drug use, challenging the composition of …