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More Americans Admitted for Opiate, Marijuana Treatment, SAMHSA Reports

Opiate addiction-treatment admissions have risen from 16 percent to 20 percent of all admissions in the last decade, and marijuana admissions have also ticked upwards even as cocaine admissions declined, according to a new report from the Substance Abuse and …

Nearly One in Four Young Men Smoked Hookah, Canadian Study Finds

Researchers who surveyed residents of Montreal, Canada, found that 23 percent reported smoking from a hookah, or waterpipe, within the past year, Reuters reported May 11. The study of 18- to 24-year-olds found that waterpipe smoking was especially popular among …

Calif. Governor Vetoes Smoking Ban for Parks and Beaches

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed a bill that would have prohibited smoking at all state parks and beaches, saying the measure represented unwarranted government intrusion, the Associated Press reported May 3. “There is something inherently uncomfortable about the idea …

Study: Moderate Alcohol Use May Reduce Diabetes Risk

Drinking is a high-risk activity for people with diabetes, but a new study finds that moderate alcohol use could help protect some against getting the disease in the first place, Reuters reported April 27. Researchers who studies 35,000 Dutch adults …

Ireland Has Highest Binge-Drinking Rate in Europe

The latest research will do nothing to diminish the Irish reputation for heavy drinking: a survey from the European Commission (PDF) finds that Ireland has a binge-drinking rate three times higher than the rest of the European Union (EU). The …

Mexican Cartels Unfazed by U.S. Prosecutions

U.S. officials had hoped that charging Mexican drug traffickers under tough U.S. drug laws would have a deterrent effect, but so far the cartels don’t seem to be troubled by the loss of some leaders to the U.S. justice system, …

Wisconsin Addiction and Mental Health Parity Law Signed

A bill requiring group health insurance policies to cover addictions and mental disorders on par with other illnesses has been signed into law by Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle. Unlike the federal parity law, the Wisconsin bill applies to insurance policies provided …

Foundation Giving Dives 8.4 Percent in 2009

Giving to charities by foundations saw its single biggest year-over-year decline in 2009, plunging a record 8.4 percent, the Foundation Center reported April 16. Giving fell from $46.8 billion in 2008 to $42.9 billion in 2009. Community foundation cut their …

Researchers Warn of Candy-Like Tobacco Products’ Appeal to Kids

A group of public health researchers is urging health authorities to examine whether certain new smokeless tobacco products should be regulated further in order to keep them out of children’s hands, Dow Jones Newswires reported April 19. Researchers led by …

Why Do People Become Alcohol-Dependent? Researchers to Probe Brain Receptors

A research team at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is targeting the brain’s opiate receptor system in trying to answer the age-old question of why some people can remain social drinkers while others who drink develop serious alcohol …