Tag Archives: Laws

Synthetic Marijuana Products Outlawed in Missouri

A blend of herbs sold under the brand name K2 and thought to produce psychoactive effects similar to marijuana has been banned in Missouri, St. Louis Today reported July 6. Gov. Jay Nixon signed a bill into law this week …

S.F. Seeks Supplemental Alcohol Tax

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has fast-tracked a proposal to add a $.076 per ounce tax on alcohol that would be charged at the wholesale level, the San Francisco Chronicle reported June 27. If approved, the tax would generate …

Ariz. Governor Says Most Illegal Immigrants are Drug Smugglers

Ariz. Gov. Jan Brewer said that most illegal immigrants are “drug mules,” but Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) distanced himself from Brewer’s remarks on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” Fox News reported June 27. McCain said that Brewer was “standing up for …

Supreme Court Rejects Appeals by Both Sides in Tobacco Racketeering Case

To use some soccer terminology, this week’s Supreme Court decision on a landmark tobacco racketeering case was a draw. The high court’s refusal to review the case denied the government’s bid to get more money out of the industry, but …

Costa Leaving U.N. Drug Agency

The longtime head of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, Antonio Maria Costa, is stepping down in July, and the leading candidate to replace him reportedly is Yuri Fedotov, currently Russia’s ambassador to the U.K. …

Pelvic Pain Worse Among Pregnant Smokers

Women who smoke during pregnancy are 20 percent more likely to report pelvic pain than nonsmokers, Reuters reported June 18. A study of 5,000 women found that reports of pelvic pain were higher even among women who quit smoking during …

Six-Month Job Swap for CSAP, CMHS Leaders

How interchangeable are federal agency directors? SAMHSA is about to find out: under a rather surprising work-study initiative, the heads of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) and the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) are about to swap jobs. …

Join Together News Roundup for June 22, 2010

Emergency rooms are seeing more overdoses from prescription pain medications than illicit drugs, the CDC reports ... North Carolina officials have canned a plan to name a new arena for Bud Light ... The FDA has the power to regulate nicotine -- and should use it -- a former head of the agency says ... Another addition to the regulatory plate: FDA should classify e-cigarettes as drug-delivery devices, according to the American Medical Association ... …

ER Docs Object to Prescription Drug Monitoring Requirements

Pain doctors have long clashed with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) over opiate-based pain medications, and now Angela Gardner, the head of the American College of Emergency Physicians is warning against making doctors "pain police." Gardner objected to proposals that would require physicans -- including ER docs -- to search a database for patients’ drug-use history before prescribing drugs. Requiring that prescription information be recorded to the database also could discourage some patients from getting proper care, Gardner said. "As an emergency physician, I can assure you that the drug abusers who use the emergency room simply to get a prescription-drug fix represent a micropopulation of the 120-million patients who seek emergency care every year in the USA" ... …

Smirnoff Ices Viral Game Website

The main website promoting the viral “icing” drinking game has been taken down – most likely shut down by Diageo, the parent company of Smirnoff, Ad Age reported June 16.  The company, whose Smirnoff Ice is the centerpiece of the game, …