Tag Archives: Law Enforcement

One-Quarter of 12- to 20-Year-Olds are Current Drinkers: Report

Federal data show that 27.6 percent of 12- to 20-year-olds in the U.S. drank alcohol during the past month, with underage drinking especially prevalent in New England and the upper Midwest, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services …

Cocaine Sentencing Disparity Bill Clears Senate Committee

A bill that makes penalties for possession of crack and powdered cocaine somewhat more equitable was easily approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee and is headed for a vote in the full Senate, the New York Times reported March 11. …

No Constitutional Right to Smoke, Kansas Court Rules

Smoking is not a fundamental right, the Kansas Supreme Court said in upholding the state’s indoor-smoking ban, the Kansan reported March 6. The court rejected a challenge to the law filed by an American Legion post and a Veterans of …

’Hackademy Awards’ Announced: ’Nine’ Called Smokiest Movie of Year

The star-powered (but ill-fated) musical ’Nine’ got a thumbs-down as the year’s smokiest movie as part of the annual Hackademy Awards, named each year by Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails. “Direction of the star-studded PG-13 musical soared far above the …

Psychosis More Common Among Teen Marijuana Users: Study

Smoking marijuana as a teenager could raise the risk of developing schizophrenia and psychotic symptoms as a young adult, according to a new study that compared the prevalence of mental illness among marijuana users and non-users. Bloomberg News reported March …

New Survey Again Raises Alarm About Teen Drug Use, Attitudes

A new report finds that more kids say they are using alcohol and other drugs, but many parents are unable or unwilling to deal with the issue — a bad combination when declining support for prevention and cultural apathy about …

Ky. Company Gives $500,000 to Support Treatment, Drug Courts

Addicted individuals in Kentucky coal country will be able to get treatment vouchers and a shot at treatment rather than prison thanks to a donation from a local coal company. The Associated Press reported Feb. 3 that Kentucky River Properties …

Student Death Prompts Underage-Drinking Reporting Reform in Utah

Youths who call for help when underage drinkers get sick from drinking will get leniency — but not a free pass — from the courts under legislation approved by a Utah Senate panel. The Salt Lake Tribune reported Feb. 22 …

Age 19 Drinking Bill Killed in South Dakota Legislature

The South Dakota House Commerce Committee rejected a bill that would have lowered the state’s legal drinking age from 21 to 19, the Associated Press reported Feb. 22. The measure went down to defeat on a 10-3 vote. Bill sponsor …

WHO Advances Report Endorsing Tax Hikes on Alcohol

Alcohol prices should be increased via taxation and stricter controls clamped on advertising in order to control binge drinking and other harmful drinking, according to a draft global alcohol-control strategy recently endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO) executive board. …