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Hair Tests Yield More Positive Results for Drug Use than Urine Tests

Drug tests that use hair samples turn up positive for cocaine and methamphetamine far more frequently than urine-based drug tests, USA Today reported Nov. 20. Cocaine, for example, was detected in three out of every 1,000 urine tests that job applicants and …

Study: More Drinking, Sex in Co-Ed Dorms

Students living in co-ed dorms are 2.5 times likelier than those living in single-sex dorms to say they binge-drink on a weekly basis, Reuters reported Nov.  24. Researchers surveyed more than 500 students at five universities across the country on …

Tolerance Equals More Consumption for Older Problem Drinkers

Adults over age 60 who have alcohol problems tend to drink more than their younger counterparts, probably because they have developed greater tolerance for alcohol, according to researchers at Ohio State University. Science Daily reported Nov. 21 that a study …

Stricter Sobriety Standards for Calif. Health Professionals

Nurses, doctors, dentists and other health professionals in California who are in treatment for alcohol and other drug problems will now be subject to stricter oversight and could be immediately removed from practice should they relapse, the Los Angeles Times …

Grants Will Promote Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care Systems

Programs that seek to better integrate behavioral healthcare and primary healthcare systems will receive a total of $25.9 million in grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The four-year grants primarily are focused on the needs …

Lawmaker Wants Kids Banned from Wisconsin Bars

Children have long been able to drink in bars in Wisconsin if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian over age 21, but lawmakers are now looking to curtail the practice, the Chicago Tribune reported Aug. 26. Citing Wisconsin’s …

Afghan Drug Traffickers on U.S. Hit List

The U.S. military says that major drug traffickers who work with the Taliban will be targeted as focus shifts in Afghanistan to cutting off drug infrastructure and the flow of cash to Islamic militants, Reuters reported Aug. 10. Pentagon officials say …

S. Florida Cigarette Sales Down as Prices Rise

Convenience stores in south Florida report that sales of cigarettes have declined as much as 30 percent since a new state tobacco tax went into effect, the Fort Myers News-Press reported Aug. 5. The tax has bumped the price of …

Calls for Personal Responsibility in Healthcare Reform Debate

Some medical professionals and regular citizens say that the issue of personal responsibility to lead healthy lives has been missing from the national debate over healthcare reform, MSNBC reported Aug. 10. “I just had to go take care of man …

Multiple California Cities Consider Taxes on Marijuana

Voters in Oakland, Calif., recently voted to impose a business tax on marijuana sales, and other cities in California have considered similar taxes in order to address serious budget shortfalls. The Oakland Tribune reported July 26 that other communities with …