Tag Archives: Law Enforcement

Calif. Legalization Proponents Gather Needed Signatures for Ballot

Backers of a proposed California ballot initiative on marijuana legalization say they have gathered more than enough petition signatures to put the question before voters in 2010, Bloomberg reported Dec. 15. Salwa Irbrahim, a spokesperson for initiative organizers, said more …

D.C. Moves Quickly to Allow Medical Marijuana

The District of Columbia will soon implement the medical-marijuana program approved by voters a decade ago but long blocked by Congress, the Washington Post reported Dec. 15. “We’ve waited 10 years,” said D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray.  “There is no …

Death Warnings May Actually Encourage Smokers

Warning smokers that cigarettes can kill them could backfire as a prevention strategy, according to researchers who said that other types of warning messages could be more effective for somesmokers. Reuters reported Dec. 9 that researchers said that individuals who …

University of Pittsburgh Head Gets Alcohol Prevention Leadership Award

University of Pittsburgh chancellor Mark. A. Nordenberg has been named the winner of the 2009 Presidential Leadership Award for his work in “promoting a vibrant intellectual and social campus climate that de-emphasizes the role of alcohol,” according to an announcement …

Alcohol Abuse Costs New Mexico $2.5 Billion Annually, Study Says

The economic costs of alcohol abuse in New Mexico topped $2.5 billion in 2006 — not to mention the nearly 1,000 lives lost to alcohol-related diseases, auto crashes, and other consequences – according to the New Mexico Department of Health. Epidemiologist …

NFL Seeks Limits on Tailgating to Curb Drinking

The National Football League (NFL) would like teams to limit tailgating to 3-1/2 hours prior to kickoff, but so far only the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have adopted such a policy, USA Today reported Nov. 18. …

Prison Treatment Cuts Could Feed Recidivism in Calif.

An 80-percent reduction in prison addiction-treatment capacity could lead to a proportional increase in recidivism in California, some experts say. The Contra Costa Times reported Nov. 12 that $1.2 billion in budget cuts for state prisons will mean that just …

NYC: Police DWI Case Leads to Policy Reform

New York police may soon be able to get expedited warrants to conduct involuntary blood-alcohol tests on drunk-driving suspects, the New York Times reported Nov. 14. The policy, drawn up by the New York Police Department and local district attorneys, …

Alcohol Use Hinders In-Vitro Fertilization, Study Finds

The odds of achieving a live birth through in-virto fertilization (IVF) fell by 26 percent if either sex partner consumed four or more alcoholic drinks weekly, according to a new study. Time magazine reported Oct. 27 that a study of …

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 …