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iPhone App Helps Marijuana Users Find Drug

A new application for the Apple iPhone called Cannabis uses mapping technology to help marijuana users find the nearest source for buying the drug, the Guardian reported July 20. The application, which has been approved by Apple and costs $2.99, won’t …

House Appropriations Committee Kills Drug-Free Schools State Grants

The state grants portion of the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (SDFS) may not be quite dead, but the prevention grants program is definitely on death row after the full House Appropriations Committee voted to eliminate the $295-million …

New Hampshire Medical-Marijuana Bill Vetoed

New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch vetoed a medical-marijuana bill passed by the state legislature, which in turn promised an override attempt, the Concord Monitor reported July 11. Lynch said the legislation was seriously flawed but also stated in his veto …

Canada Considers Special Jail for People with Addictions

In an effort to keep repeat offenders from bouncing around the court system, Calgary, Alberta, is considering setting up a jail solely for people with addictions or mental health issues, the Calgary Herald reported May 14. The jail – the first …

Cancer Surgery Outcomes Improved When Smokers Abstain

Smokers who abstain for 4 to 8 weeks prior to having surgery for mouth or throat cancers experienced improved wound healing, and those who quit for good reduced the odds of having their cancer recur, Reuters reported June 18. On …

Canadian Bars Require ID Swipes, Create Blacklist

Some bars in Victoria, British Columbia are requiring patrons to swipe their ID cards, then using the data collected to compile and enforce a blacklist of customers who previously have been involved in fights, been kicked out of other bars, …

Researchers Say Female Brain More Stressed by Alcohol

Researchers at Idaho State University say that animal studies indicate that drinking triggers a more profound stress response in the female brain, which could help explain why alcohol has more deleterious effects on women. The Associated Press reported June 26 …

Debate on Charging Woman with Breast Feeding while Drunk

A North Dakota woman recently pleaded guilty to child-neglect charges after prosecutors accused her of breast-feeding her infant while drunk, but the case has prompted debate over the legality and wisdom of the charges, the Associated Press reported July 7. …

New Florida Law Protects Informants

The murder of a young Florida woman acting as an informant in a drug case has led to legislation protecting confidential informants, the Tampa Tribune reported June 30. The new Rachel’s Law was named for Rachel Hoffman, a 23-year-old who …

Study: Alcohol Deaths and Related Disorders Increase Globally

Researchers at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have found that the proportion of alcohol-related deaths has increased since 2000 by 0.6 percent, with 3.8 percent of all global deaths in 2004 related to alcohol …