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Research Shows Parenting Can Prevent Drug Use, Aid Brain Development, NIDA Chief Says

From the founding of National Families in Action during the height of the War on Drugs to Joseph A. Califano’s book, How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid, parents and communities have been touted as the keys to preventing alcohol and …

Binge Drinkers Try to Sweat Off Alcohol

Many binge drinkers turn to exercise to compensate for the physical toll of overconsumption, but experts warn that some alcohol-related damage can’t be undone at the gym. AFP reported Nov. 27 that researchers in the U.K. found that 28 percent …

Sam Adams’ Utopias is Strongest Beer in U.S.

The limited-batch beer Utopias by Sam Adams has been acknowledged as the most potent brew in the U.S., with a 27-percent alcohol content by volume, the Associated Press reported Nov. 30. At $150 per bottle, however, don’t expect Utopias to …

Ban on Fortified Wine, Strong Beer Improves Life in Tacoma Neighborhood

Residents of Tacoma, Wash.’s South End and East Side say that their quality of life has improved since sales of cheap, high-alcohol wine and beer were banned in October 2008, the Tacoma News Tribune reported Dec. 1. The area was …

SAMHSA Helps Treatment Programs Address Clients’ Suicidal Thoughts, Behaviors

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a new Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP 50) aimed at helping treatment programs address clients’ suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Suicide is a leading cause of death among people who abuse alcohol …

Targeted Mass. Stop-Smoking Campaign Gets Dramatic Results Among Poor

Smoking rates have declined 26 percent among low-income Massachusetts residents who were offered free smoking-cessation treatment by the state, the Boston Globe reported Nov. 18. The program, sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, targeted enrollees in MassHealth, the …

D.A. Announces Intent to Prosecute L.A. Marijuana Dispensaries

Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley has announced that he will prosecute medical-marijuana dispensaries that sell the drug to clients, regardless of whether the City Council’s draft medical-marijuana rules allow such sales, the Los Angeles Times reported Nov. 18. …

Support for Health Care Providers who Prescribe Methadone

A new service for health care providers prescribing methadone to treat chronic pain or opioid addiction — the Physician Clinical Support System (PCCS-M) — has launched with a mechanism to connect prescribers of methadone with experienced clinicians for one-to-one mentoring regarding …

Tolerance of Marijuana Reflected in Seniors’ Use

Some members of the Baby Boomer generation not only remain tolerant of marijuana use but also continue to smoke the drug themselves, the Washington Post reported Nov. 16. “I know literally hundreds of people my age who smoke,” said Joe …

Male Athletes Drink More, Smoke Less, Study Finds

Adolescent males who play team sports are less likely to smoke cigarettes or be depressed but are more likely to drink alcohol and get into fights, whereas sports participation generally reduces risky behavior among girls, Bloomberg reported Nov. 9. Male …