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U.K. Drug Czar Fired for Saying Illegal Drugs Less Harmful Than Alcohol, Cigarettes

U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown has fired the nation’s ’drug czar’ after David Nutt said that LSD and ecstasy are less dangerous drugs than alcohol or tobacco, the Daily Mail reported Oct. 31. The decision was subjected to withering criticism …

Light Smoking Impairs Arterial Health, Study Finds

Young smokers suffer reduced cardiovascular function even if they smoke only a few cigarettes per day, according to research from Stella Daskalopoulou at the McGill University Health Center. Medical News Today reported Oct. 27 that Daskalopoulou and colleagues found arterial …

APIS: New Resource on State Underage Drinking Policies

The Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS), a project of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, announces its latest update of state-by-state alcohol policies. This year’s update includes a new posting on “underage internal possession” laws. These laws prohibit …

Wisc. Alcohol Taxes Get Mixed Reception

Proposals to raise beer and liquor taxes in Wisconsin — partly to pay for alcohol treatment and anti-drunk-driving programs — drew big crowds to the state capital, but the response from lawmakers was less than enthusiastic. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel …

Obama Orders End to Prosecution of Medical-Marijuana Patients

Individuals legally using or supplying medical marijuana under state law should not be prosecuted under federal drug laws, the Obama administration has ordered. The Los Angeles Times reported Oct. 19 that the U.S. Justice Department has issued a new directive …

Reformed New York Drug Laws Take Effect

Revised drug laws that just took effect in New York may allow drug offenders convicted of low-level crimes to have their sentences reduced or may even be released from prison, the Associated Press reported Oct. 7. The state will now …

Residential Treatment Programs for Women Receive $14.7 Million in Grants

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded $14.7 million in grants under its Residential Treatment of Pregnant and Postpartum Women (PPW) with Substance Abuse Problems program. The three-year grants will support residential addiction treatment programs for …

SAMHSA Funds Training in Brief Intervention

Six cooperative agreements totaling $11 million have been inked between the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and medical schools to train medical residents on screening, brief intervention and treatment (SBIRT) for addiction disorders. The five-year SBIRT Medical …

Denver Newspaper Seeks Marijuana Critic

Many newspapers have food critics or even wine critics, but an alternative weekly in Denver is tapping into the interests of its own audience demographics by seeking a critic to review the city’s medical marijuana scene. CBS News reported Oct. …

Police, Judges Among Drug War Critics at Conference

The U.S.’s 40-year “War on Drugs” has been “probably the greatest public-policy failure of all time” according to former federal drug agent Terry Nelson, just one of the many drug-war critics who gathered at a recent conference in El Paso, …