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Study Links Private Alcohol Sales to More Deaths

A study led by a researcher at the University of Victoria in British Columbia found a strong correlation between an increase in private liquor stores and alcohol-related deaths, Reuters reported Jan. 31. The study was conducted in British Columbia between …

Arrest of Columbia Univ. Students Will Test N.Y.’s Reformed Rockefeller Laws

The December arrest and prosecution of five students at Columbia University for drug-dealing will put recent changes to the state’s tough drug laws to the test, the Associated Press reported Jan. 30. All of the students have pleaded not guilty, …

N.D. Bill Would Ban Alcohol at College Sporting Events

A bill introduced in North Dakota would ban alcohol use and possession at college sports events where minors are present, the Associated Press reported Jan. 14. Rep. Chuck Damschen (R-Hampden) of the N.D. House of Representatives put the proposal forward …

FDA Warns Miss. Retailers for Selling Tobacco to Youth

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its first warning letters to retailers for selling tobacco to minors, Reuters reported Jan. 7. The FDA was granted authority over the sales and marketing of tobacco products under the 2009 Family Smoking …

Teens Who See Tobacco Ads More Likely to Smoke

New research corroborates that teens exposed to tobacco ads are more likely to smoke, and are not simply more susceptible to advertising, Reuters Health reported Jan. 18. According to the study abstract, researchers surveyed 2,101 teens between 10 and 17 …

Maryland Lawmakers Consider Dime-a-Drink Alcohol Tax

Maryland may raise alcohol taxes for the first time since 1972 by a dime a drink, Delmarvanow.com reported Jan. 14. Maryland last raised its tax on beer and wine in 1972, and its tax on spirits 54 years ago, in …

FDA to Limit Acetaminophen in Prescription Drugs

To prevent overdoses, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued strict new limits on a common ingredient in prescription painkillers, The New York Times reported Jan. 14.  The FDA has ruled that prescription painkillers may contain only 325 milligrams of …

Maker of Tobacco Lozenges Seeks FDA Okay for ’Less Harmful’ Claim

A small Virginia company, Star Scientific, Inc., is seeking approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market one of its smokeless tobacco products as less harmful than other tobacco products, the Associated Press reported Jan. 4. Star Scientific …

Addiction Webcast Goes Off the Air

"The Afflicted and Affected, an internet show focused on addiction, is shutting down after three years, according to an announcement released Jan. 4. " …

Election 2010 Results: Alcohol Initiatives Mixed, Marijuana Measures Fail

Election night is over, and most of the results are in: it’s a mixed bag for the alcohol and other drug initiatives on state ballots. California’s efforts to legalize marijuana -- a.k.a. Proposition 19 -- fell short with 56 percent of voters rejecting the measure. Initiatives related to medical marijuana in South Dakota and Oregon also failed, while Arizona narrowly approved a medical-marijuana measure. Massachusetts voted to repealed a 6.25 percent alcohol tax, and Washington chose to block at least one measure seeking to privatize liquor distribution. Meanwhile, California approved Prop. 26, possibly negating efforts to require the alcohol industry, among others, to pay for the harm caused by their products. …