Tag Archives: Law Enforcement

Will the FDA Curtail Tobacco Signs in Poor Neighborhoods?

Tobacco signs are more common in less affluent communities -- and Latino and African-American populations are particularly affected -- the Boston Globe reported August 30. But all that could change, now that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can regulate tobacco companies. …

Bill to Cut Penalties for Crack Cocaine Heads to Obama

Mandatory-minimum prison sentences for crack-cocaine would only kick in when defendants possess 28 grams or more of the drug under legislation passed this week by the U.S. House of Representatives, the Wall Street Journal reported July 29. The bill — …

Conn. Candidates Spar on Marijuana Use, Legalization

In Connecticut, Republican candidates for Congress are slinging accusations of hypocrisy over marijuana use and policy, including the spectacle of a candidate who favors legalization defending a YouTube video focused on his opponent’s arrest a decade earlier for marijuana possession. …

Join Together News Roundup for July 28, 2010

Impaired driving by people using legal prescription drugs is hard to detect and prosecute, experts say ... Most doctors say they don’t report colleagues they know are impaired by alcohol or other drugs ... A U.S. ban on sales of clove cigarettes could be undone by international trade agreements ... …

U.S. Ban on Clove Cigarettes Draws International Scrutiny

U.S. lawmakers say they banned clove cigarettes because of their health risks and appeal to young smokers, but the World Trade Organization (WTO) is investigating whether the ban violated international free-trade agreements. The Associated Press reported July 20 that Indonesia …

Virginia Governor Leads Drive for Privatization of Liquor Distribution

Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell has spent months quietly trying to build consensus around a plan to shutter state liquor stores established after Prohibition and return the distribution of alcohol to private wholesalers and retailers, the Washington Post reported July 18. …

Group Drug Therapy Can Be Counterproductive for Teens

Group addiction treatment can actually lead to more drug use by teens if they are casual users placed in sessions with more experienced addicts, Time magazine reported July 16. “Just putting kids in group therapy actually promotes greater drug use,” …

Join Together News Roundup for July 15, 2010

High-school drug testing has some short-term benefits but little effect on long-term drug use, a new study finds ... Music can make you high ... A lawsuit in New York City has delayed a Massachusetts antismoking campaign ... New Jersey hospitals want to be the sole distributors of medical marijuana under a new state law ... …

Addiction, Mental Illness Lead to Millions of ER Visits

Patients with addiction or mental-health related problems accounted for 12.5 percent of all hospital emergency-room visits by adults in 2007, according to a report from the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The Los Angeles Times reported July 9 …

Join Together News Roundup for July 12, 2010

Progress in the war on teen smoking has slowed to a crawl, and the government will miss a key target for smoking cessation, a CDC report says ... The head of California’s NAACP chapter is under fire for supporting a marijuana legalization ballot initiative ... San Francisco has drawn up the first regulations on marijuana-infused foods ... Alcoholic energy drinks are being marketed to kids, Sen. Charles Schumer says ... …