Tag Archives: Economic

Addiction Linked to 9 of Top 10 Causes of Death in Alaska

Nine of the 10 leading causes of death in Alaska — all but Alzheimer’s disease — include alcohol, tobacco or other drug addiction as an underlying cause, the Juneau Empire reported March 15. Smoking, for example, is a leading cause …

Mich. Businesses Unsure How to Deal with Medical Marijuana Users.

Businesses in Michigan are uncertain whether to fire employees who test positive for marijuana use but are authorized to use the drug under the state’s new medical-marijuana law, the Battle Creek Enquirer reported March 28. A Wal-Mart store in Michigan …

Poll: Maryland Residents Support Alcohol Tax Increase to Support Treatment

A poll commissioned by the Maryland chapter of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence found that 72 percent of state residents back a proposed 10-cent-per-drink tax if the revenues are used to pay for addiction treatment, services for …

Marijuana Cases Continue in Denver Despite Voter Directive

Marijuana arrests and prosecutions have continued virtually unabated in Denver, despite passage of a voter initiative calling for police to make such cases their lowest priority, the Denver Post reported March 1. The ballot question was approved by city residents …

Docs: Obama Should Quit Smoking, Moderate Drinking OK

President Obama should continue to use alcohol in moderation but should keep trying to quit smoking, according to doctors who conducted his routine medical exam.  Reuters reported Feb. 28 that physicians at the National Naval Medical Center pronounced Obama healthy …

Fla. Judge Cuts Jury Award to Former Smoker

Philip Morris will have to pay $38.9 million to a former smoker with emphysema instead of the $300 million ordered by a jury, a Florida judge has ruled. The Associated Press reported Feb. 25 that Broward Circuit Judge Jeffrey Streitfeld said …

Colleges Step Up Parental Notification of Alcohol Incidents

A growing number of colleges are alerting parents whenever their children under age 21 are involved in alcohol-related incidents at school. The Washington Post reported Feb. 24 that more schools now alert parents whenever underage students are caught drinking, drunk, …

Student Death Prompts Underage-Drinking Reporting Reform in Utah

Youths who call for help when underage drinkers get sick from drinking will get leniency — but not a free pass — from the courts under legislation approved by a Utah Senate panel. The Salt Lake Tribune reported Feb. 22 …

Miss. Now Requires Prescription for Drugs Containing Pseudoephedrine

In a move intended to hamper production of illicit methamphetamine, the governor of Mississippi has approved a law requiring a doctor’s prescription to buy any drug containing pseudoephedrine, the Associated Press reported Feb. 11. The bill signed by Gov. Haley …

Smoked Marijuana Can Be Effective in Treating Pain, Calif. Report Says

There is “reasonable evidence” that smoked marijuana can provide relief for certain pain-related ailments, according to a new report prepared for the California legislature by researchers at the University of California at San Diego. Five clinical trials conducted by the …