Tag Archives: Law Enforcement

Over 700,000 Young Teens Drink Alcohol; Most Get It From Home

A new analysis of four years of government data shows that most underage youth get alcohol from home, and about a third were given it by their parents or guardians, according to a Feb. 17 press release from the Substance …

Drug Court Tests Recovery App for Smartphones

"Researchers are pilot-testing a smartphone application in an adult drug court program in Massachusetts to find out if it can help participants be more successful. " …

Alcoholism: Is It All in the Genes?

We know alcoholism runs in families -- children with alcoholic parents have quadruple the risk of developing a drinking problem later in life than those without -- but is the link genetic or the result of other influences? …

WHO Says Alcohol an Overlooked Killer, Calls for More Action

Alcohol is “the world’s third largest risk factor for disease and disability,” and is responsible for nearly four percent of deaths worldwide – more than AIDS, violence or tuberculosis — according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Status Report on Alcohol …

Ill. Gov. Eliminates Funding for Treatment and Prevention

The state of Illinois will cease to fund alcohol and drug treatment and prevention programs as of March 15, the News-Gazette reported Feb. 19. The cuts are part of Governor Pat Quinn’s proposed 2012 budget. The cuts are scheduled to …

Study: Marijuana Linked to Early Onset of Psychosis

A new study suggests marijuana may accelerate the onset of psychotic disorders in some young users, Reuters reported Feb. 7. Matthew Large and colleagues at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, along with investigators at two U.S. sites, …

More Employers Saying Smokers Need Not Apply

An increasing number of hospitals and medical businesses are making tobacco use a reason to reject job applicants or fire existing employees, The New York Times reported Feb. 10. Under the new “tobacco-free” hiring policies, applicants can be turned away …

Judge Supports Wal-Mart Firing of Employee Over Medical Marijuana

A federal judge in Michigan has ruled that Wal-Mart was within its rights to fire an employee for using medical marijuana to treat an inoperable brain tumor, The Wall Street Journal’s law blog reported Feb. 11. Judge Robert Jonker ruled …

NFL Players: Injury, Pain, and Opioid Misuse

A new study performed by researchers at the Washington University in St. Louis has found that players retired from the National Football League (NFL) are far more likely than the general population to use and misuse opioid painkillers, the L.A. …

Longevity Gender Gap in Europe Largely Due to Smoking

A recent review of mortality data from 30 European countries found smoking to be the prime reason women are outliving men, the Los Angeles Times reported Jan. 18. Researchers led by Gerry McCartney, head of the Public Health Observatory for the …