In Connecticut, Republican candidates for Congress are slinging accusations of hypocrisy over marijuana use and policy, including the spectacle of a candidate who favors legalization
Impaired driving by people using legal prescription drugs is hard to detect and prosecute, experts say … Most doctors say they don’t report colleagues they know are impaired by alcohol or other drugs … A U.S. ban on sales of clove cigarettes could be undone by international trade agreements …
As new laws against labeling cigarettes as “light” and “mild” go into effect, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is enlisting the support of prevention groups and others in getting the word out that there’s no such thing as a “safe” or “safer” cigarette.
Mitchell S. Rosenthal, M.D., the founder and former president and CEO of the Phoenix House chain of addiction treatment centers, has been named to the board of directors of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America (PDFA).
The expanded use of electronic health records — intended to improve and streamline healthcare services — has become a bone of contention in the addiction community, where unique privacy concerns could hamper integration with the rest of healthcare. Squabbles aside, however, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is pressing forward with regulations (and incentives) to promote wider adoption of electronic health records across the healthcare system.
Methadone maintenance is on the budgetary chopping block in California, but supporters — including some prominent law-enforcement officials — are trying to get $53 million in funding restored to the state budget.
A plan to eliminate Medi-Cal funding for methadone maintenance is “tantamount to destroying the lives of 35,000 people, as well as having them return to addiction,” according to a column by Lee Baca and Charlie Beck — the sheriff of Los Angeles County and L.A.’s police chief, respectively. The pair note that cutting the funding will actually result in a double loss as federal matching funds will be forfeited.
Will federal privacy regulations stand in the way of integrating behavioral and mainstream healthcare? … New Mexico can’t grow enough marijuana to meet the demands of medical users … Kansas is balking on enforcing a law that would require drink prices to be set according to alcohol content … Unhappy hour: Your risk of stroke spikes during the hour after you drink alcohol, researchers say … Teens who binge-drink may be more likely to suffer osteoporosis later in life …
The first thing Massachusetts voters will see on November’s ballot is a question calling for repeal of the state’s alcohol tax, the Boston Herald reported July
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