Tag Archives: Law Enforcement

Potent Caffeinated Wine Symbolizes Scottish Drinking Problems

A sweet, caffeinated, high-alcohol wine has become a symbol of the growing drinking problems in Scottish society, the New York Times reported Feb. 4. Buckfast Tonic Wine goes by a number of popular names that reflect its reputation, including “Wreck …

Chicago Cops Face Random Alcohol Tests

Lieutenants and captains in the Chicago Police Department will be randomly tested for alcohol on the job and also will face alcohol and other drug tests whenever they fire their weapons, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Feb. 9. A new contract …

Mexican Drug Cartels Running Treatment Centers

Drug cartels in Mexico have taken over some addiction treatment programs and are using them to recruit addicts into their operations, sometimes under threat of death, the Washington Post reported Feb. 4. Many of Mexico’s treatment programs are unlicensed, making …

SBI Trauma Center Training for New England

Announcing a free, one-day SBI Training Session for New England!March 2, 2010  PIPE  8:30 AM to 4:30 PM  PIPE  Boston MA Sponsorsed byBoston Medical Center Department of Surgery Trauma Service, Boston University School of Public Health BNI-ART Institute, in partnership …

FDA Seeks Overturn of E-Cigarettes Ruling

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking a stay of a judge’s ruling that the agency lacks authority to regulate electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), the Wall Street Journal reported Feb. 2. The agency appealed U.S. District Judge Richard J. …

All States Could Soon Allow Scans of Driver’s Licenses

A bill in the state legislature would make Nebraska the last of the 50 U.S. states to allow driver’s licenses to be electronically scanned by liquor-store clerks and for other identification purposes, the Associated Press reported Jan. 25. Supporters say …

Cancer Patients Who Quit Smoking Far More Likely to Survive

Five-year survival rates roughly doubled among patients diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer who quit smoking, HealthDay News reported Jan. 21.British researchers who examined 10 previously published studies found that survival rates among early-stage lung-cancer patients who stopped smoking ranged from …

Daily Marijuana Use Could Cause Permanent Brain Damage, Researcher Says

Animal studies show that daily marijuana use could permanently alter serotonin and norepinephrine levels in the brain, raising the risk of depression and anxiety, according to researcher Gabriella Gobbi of McGill University. The Canadian Press reported Dec. 17 that Gobbi studied …

Electrical Brain Stimulation Shows Promise for Cocaine Treatment, Researchers Say

Using electrical charges to stimulate the subthalmic nucleus region of the brain may mitigate cocaine addiction without disrupting the dopamine system like current anti-addiction medications, according to French researchers. The Los Angeles Times reported Dec. 28 that researchers reported that …

Mass. Smoking Program for Poor Seen as Health Reform Model

Federal lawmakers say that a Massachusetts initiative to give free smoking-cessation aid to poor residents could serve as a model for national healthcare reform, the New York Times reported Dec. 16. During the first two years of the program, the …