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Check Your Community’s Treatment Profile

How big a problem is addiction in your community? The latest report won’t provide all the answers, but it will give you a snapshot of treatment admissions -- if you live in one of the 27 communities where data was collected. …

Regulations Lag as Alcohol Firms Tap New Media to Reach Young Drinkers

Adolescents are being bombarded with alcohol marketing online as firms exploit new-media tools and lax regulation to put their brand images and information in front of young drinkers, according to a new report. HealthDay News reported May 19 that American …

Plain Boxes May Be Future for Australian Cigarettes

The Australian government is proposing to ban all brand images and use of color on cigarette packaging, the New York Times reported April 29. The plan submitted to Parliament for consideration would make Australia the first country to restrict cigarette …

Failed Compromise Kills Ignition Interlock Legislation in Md.

Legislation that would have required first-time drunk driving offenders in Maryland to use an ignition interlock Breathalyzer in their vehicles has died after an influential House committee chairman suggested applying the mandate only to drivers registering a blood alcohol level …

Alcohol Use Related to Poor Food Choices

Gorging on greasy bar snacks often accompanies a night of drinking, and a new federal study shows that the more people drink, the worse their food choices, UPI reported March 25. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) …

Health Benefits from Smoking Bans Greater for Older Nonsmokers

Past research has shown a reduction in heart attacks after communities ban indoor smoking, and a new study finds that limiting exposure to indoor tobacco smoke may be especially beneficial for men and women ages 55-74. Science Daily reported March …

FAS Declines Among Alaska Natives

A federally funded treatment and prevention program is being credited with a 32-percent decline in fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) cases among Native Americans in Alaska, the Anchorage Daily News reported Feb. 19. The $29-million program, which also included a multimedia …

U.N. Paints Bleak Picture of Indigent Addicts’ Life

Poor drug addicts around the world face a host of problems from stigma and imprisonment to lack of treatment, according to the head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The Associated Press reported March 8 that UNODC …

Lawsuit Filed Over L.A. Medical Marijuana Ordinance

A new law regulating medical-marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles is being challenged by activists who say the rules are too onerous, Reuters reported March 3. The law is slated to go into effect on March 14, but medical-marijuana activists are …

No Parity in New Wisconsin Health Plan, Critics Charge

Wisconsin’s new BadgerCare Plus Core health insurance plan — designed to provide health coverage to 50,000 low-income adults — violates state and federal addiction and mental-health parity laws, according to critics. The Madison Capital Times reported Dec. 6 that the …