Tag Archives: Laws

Colo. Sentencing Reform Bill Has Bipartisan Support

A bill that would cut sentences for drug offenses and put more money into addiction treatment programs has support from both sides of the aisle in the Colorado statehouse. The Colorado Springs Gazette reported Feb. 23 that the bill from …

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 …

Binge Drinking Confounds Any Health Benefits of Drinking, Study Says

Alcohol consumption may improve coronary health, some studies say, but new research suggests that even the occasional binge-drinking episode can foil any such health benefits, Reuters reported Feb. 18. A review of 14 previously published studies finds that occasional binge …

Olympics Puts Spotlight on Vancouver’s Liberal Drug Policies

The Olympic host city of Vancouver has adopted a series of liberal drug policies that are on full display to any visitors who venture into the Downtown Eastside neighborhood, less than a mile from the waterfront epicenter of the 2010 …

Legislators Seek to Overturn Nebraska’s Ban on Serving Beer Mixed with Liquor

A Prohibition-era law still on the books makes Nebraska the only U.S. state to ban bars from serving drinks that mix beer and liquor, and some lawmakers are trying to make the restriction history, ABC News reported Feb. 17. The …

DEA Raids Colo. Medical Marijuana Operation Shown on TV

A day after a Colorado resident appeared on local TV to talk about his medical-marijuana operation, his home was raided by federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents, the Denver Post reported Feb. 13. The raid came despite a recent directive …

Smoking Residue Could Pose Cancer Risk

So-called “third-hand smoke” — nicotine residue that accumulates on clothing, furniture, and other surfaces — can combine with another indoor pollutant to form cancer-causing nitrosamines, according to researchers. The New York Daily News reported Feb. 9 that researcher Lara Gundel …

Most Smokers Don’t Need Drugs to Quit, Study Says

Researchers who reviewed 511 previously published studies on smoking cessation found that two-thirds to three-quarters of individuals who quit did so aided only by their own willpower, not nicotine-replacement therapy or other drugs. The Daily Mail reported Feb. 9 that …

Parity Bill Approved by Wisconsin Senate

A bill that would require insurers to cover addiction and mental health services on par with other health conditions has been approved by the Wisconsin Senate, the Wisconsin Radio Network reported Jan. 29. The measure passed 19-13 and moved to …

Chicago Cops Face Random Alcohol Tests

Lieutenants and captains in the Chicago Police Department will be randomly tested for alcohol on the job and also will face alcohol and other drug tests whenever they fire their weapons, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Feb. 9. A new contract …