Tag Archives: Law Enforcement

Study Shows How Alcohol Can Spread Cancer

Researchers from Rush University Medical Center may have discovered how alcohol transforms regular cancer cells into a more aggressive form of the disease that can spread to other areas of the body. Researchers added alcohol to colon and breast cancer …

Federal Government Pushes Development of Addiction Vaccines

The federal government wants to leverage interest and investment in vaccine development to get pharmaceutical companies to develop drugs that could “inoculate” people against addiction to cocaine, nicotine, and other substances, Reuters reported Oct. 20. “There is an enormous amount …

Legalization Gets a Hearing in California

The California legislature held a hearing this week on a bill that would legalize marijuana, and if that fails to pass state voters will likely have the opportunity to vote on legalization via ballot initiative next fall, the New York …

Mexico’s Cocaine Use Doubles

Over the last six years cocaine use in Mexico has doubled, according to a recent report issued by the Mexican government, the Associated Press reported Oct. 17. In 2008, 2.4 percent of Mexicans 12 to 65 years of age used …

Random Roadside Breath Tests Considered in Canada

Officials in Canada are considering changing the law to allow police to conduct random roadside Breathalyzer tests for drunk driving, rather than only for-cause tests, the Montreal Gazette reported Oct. 24. A number of other countries — but not the …

Major U.S. Crackdown on Mexican Drug Cartel

A Mexican drug cartel that recruits members from drug-rehabilitation programs and has religious pretensions was the target of a U.S. law-enforcement sweep that resulted in 303 arrests, the New York Times reported Oct. 23. A series of 19 raids in …

Study: Parents’ Expectations Can Influence Risky Teen Behavior

The more parents expect their teens to engage in risky behaviors such as drinking and using drugs, the more likely their teens are to follow through with those behaviors, Reuters reported Oct. 16. Researchers found that adolescents with mothers who …

U.S. Does Poor Job Preventing Premature Deaths

The U.S. spends more per-capita on health care but lags behind most other industrialized nations when it comes to preventable deaths, the Washington Post reported Oct. 6. Americans are more likely to die from preventable causes like diabetes, epilepsy, stroke, …

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 …

Sleeping Problems Linger for Recovering Alcoholics

People in recovery from alcohol addictions can suffer sleep disruptions for months or years after they stop drinking, Reuters reported Oct. 2. Researchers at SRI International monitored the brain activity during sleep of a group of 42 people in recovery …