Tag Archives: Economic

Prenatal Child Abuse Issue Back Before Kentucky Supreme Court

A case in which a Kentucky woman was convicted of child-abuse charges for using cocaine while pregnant is being reviewed by the state Supreme Court for a second time, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported Dec. 9. Prosecutors charged Ina Cochran with …

FDA Wants Detailed Industry Plans on Preventing Abuse of Opioids

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is holding a series of meetings with pharmaceutical companies as the industry crafts a plan to help prevent misuse of opioid-based medications, Reuters reported Dec. 4. Regulators met with industry representatives last week to …

New SAMHSA Website Provides Tools to Address Co-Occurring Disorders and Homelessness

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has announced the availability of a new website to help SAMHSA grantees, health professionals and the public address problems of homelessness and co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders. The website, Co-Occurring …

AMA Calls for More Research into Medical Use of Marijuana

The federal government should consider moving marijuana out of Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act in order to facilitate clinical research and development of cannabinoid-based medications, the American Medical Association (AMA) said in a new policy statement. In adopting …

Study Shows How Alcohol Can Spread Cancer

Researchers from Rush University Medical Center may have discovered how alcohol transforms regular cancer cells into a more aggressive form of the disease that can spread to other areas of the body. Researchers added alcohol to colon and breast cancer …

Cut Drunk Driving Standard to .05 Percent, MADD Canada Says

Quebec should cut its legal blood-alcohol limit to .05 percent as recommended by the province’s transport minister in 2007, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada says. The London Free Press reported Oct. 27 that MADD Canada spokesperson Marie-Claude Morin said …

Former Anheuser-Busch Spokesperson Sues Over ’Frat Party’ Work Environment

Francine Katz, the longtime spokesperson for brewer Anheuser-Busch, is suing the company for sexual discrimination, saying that she earned lower pay than her male colleagues and endured a “locker room” and “frat party” atmosphere during her 20 years with the …

Legalization Gets a Hearing in California

The California legislature held a hearing this week on a bill that would legalize marijuana, and if that fails to pass state voters will likely have the opportunity to vote on legalization via ballot initiative next fall, the New York …

States Adjust to Leading Role in Medical Marijuana Enforcement

States with medical-marijuana laws on the books are taking a harder look at their statutes now that the Obama administration has announced that legitimate medical users and suppliers won’t be prosecuted under federal law, the New York Times reported Oct. …

Flavored Cigarettes Banned North of Border, Too

The U.S. isn’t the only North American country to ban fruit-flavored cigarettes: Canada also imposed a ban this week, and unlike the U.S. included small cigars on the prohibited list. Reuters reported Oct. 8 that the measure that took effect …