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House Budget Draft Would Clear Way for D.C. Medical Marijuana Vote

The financial services subcommittee of the U.S. House appropriations committee has removed a ban on the District of Columbia using federal or local funds to legalize marijuana or to reduce penalties for its possession or distribution, the Washington Examiner reported …

Study: Cognitive Functions Can Recover After Methamphetamine Use

Researchers at the University of California at Davis reported that certain cognitive deficits resulting from methamphetamine use can be recovered, although recovery takes at least a year.  The researchers measured research subjects on their ability to direct their attention to …

S.F. Considers Alcohol Fee to Mitigate Related Harms

Alcohol-related problems cost the city of San Francisco an estimated $175 million annually, and officials are now considering charging an alcohol-impact fee, according to the Marin Institute. “The impact of alcohol consumption in San Francisco costs millions of dollars to …

Researcher Reveals Past Addiction as Policy Shifts

Kathie Kane-Willis sees the government’s recent push to steer addicts to treatment rather than prison from a fairly unique perspective: not only is she a social researcher who specializes in issues of drug abuse, but she also struggled with a …

Screening Reveals Overlooked Addictions among Elderly

Screening and brief intervention programs can spot addiction and mental health problems among elderly patients that traditional healthcare interactions may miss, findings from a new Florida study indicate. Reuters reported June 12 that researchers screened more than 3,000 elderly Florida …

More College Students Dying from Drinking, NIAAA Reports

Alcohol-related deaths, heavy drinking and drunk driving are all increasing among U.S. college students, according to a report from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Alcohol-related deaths among college students ages 18-24 rose from 1,440 in 1998 …

States Seek $150 Million More for Block Grant

The National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) is calling on House and Senate appropriators to increase funding of the federal addictions (SAPT) block grant by $150 million in FY2010. “The current economy poses even more challenges …

House Republicans Propose Drug Funding Cuts

Republican leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives have proposed eliminating the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) to save $220 million over the next five years, the  Huffington Post reported June 4. GOP leaders Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Rep. …

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Conviction of Marijuana Advocate

A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of prominent medical-marijuana advocate Ed Rosenthal for growing the drug, the San Francisco Chronicle reported June 12. Rosenthal was convicted of growing marijuana for a San Francisco dispensary in 2003, then retried …

Ft. Hood Commander Orders Dinner at Home to Combat Stress

Series: Drugs and the Military Soldiers on leave from the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan have been ordered to get home for dinner by the commander of the Army’s Fort Hood, who is looking for ways to cut soldiers’ stress, …