Tag Archives: Judicial

The Prescription Drug Epidemic: A Federal Judge’s Perspective

It will come as no surprise to anyone reading this that we have a prescription drug problem in the United States. As I see it, however, we are not devoting our attention to the real root of the problem. …

Ill. Gov. Eliminates Funding for Treatment and Prevention

The state of Illinois will cease to fund alcohol and drug treatment and prevention programs as of March 15, the News-Gazette reported Feb. 19. The cuts are part of Governor Pat Quinn’s proposed 2012 budget. The cuts are scheduled to …

Drug Czar Issues ’Bath Salts’ Warning

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) issued a nationwide warning about the dangers of legal synthetic drugs often marketed as bath salts while various states moved to ban them, the Associated Press (AP) reported Feb. 2. …

Maryland Lawmakers Consider Dime-a-Drink Alcohol Tax

Maryland may raise alcohol taxes for the first time since 1972 by a dime a drink, Delmarvanow.com reported Jan. 14. Maryland last raised its tax on beer and wine in 1972, and its tax on spirits 54 years ago, in …

More Birth Defects for Older Women Who Binge Drink During Pregnancy

Women who get pregnant later in life are at higher risk of having children with birth defects in general, and those over age 30 who binge on alcohol are more likely to have babies who suffer from Fetal Alcohol Spectrum …

U.S. Ban on Clove Cigarettes Draws International Scrutiny

U.S. lawmakers say they banned clove cigarettes because of their health risks and appeal to young smokers, but the World Trade Organization (WTO) is investigating whether the ban violated international free-trade agreements. The Associated Press reported July 20 that Indonesia …

Join Together News Roundup for July 23, 2010

Many parents joke about drugging their children to sleep, but actually doing so is a form of abuse that could harm or kill the child ... Desperate times: heroin addicts in Africa reportedly are injecting the blood of other users to stave off withdrawal ... The FDA doesn’t seem to be buying the tobacco industry’s case for keeping menthol cigarettes legal ... and researchers say that point of sale tobacco ads appeal to kids and should be banned ... …

Alcohol Tax Repeal Will Be First Question on Mass. Ballot

The first thing Massachusetts voters will see on November’s ballot is a question calling for repeal of the state’s alcohol tax, the Boston Herald reported July 15. The first question on the ballot will be an up or down vote on …

’MicroRNA’ Could Someday Be Used to Battle Cocaine Addiction

A new animal study from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) finds that small molecules called microRNA seem to play a role in regulating cocaine use, a discovery that eventually could lead to the development of novel new addiction …

San Francisco Regulates Marijuana Foods

The San Francisco Department of Public Health has issued the nation’s first regulations on the labeling and sale of marijuana-infused edibles, the East Bay Express reported July 7. Under the new regulations, marijuana cookies and brownies must be individually and …