Tag Archives: Legislators

Congress Orders Review of Mandatory Minimums

The U.S. Sentencing Commission has been directed by Congress to conduct a review of mandatory-minimum sentencing and issue recommendations about alternative sentences, the Wall Street Journal reported Nov. 12. A provision in the defense reauthorization bill recently signed into law …

CDC Finds Little New Progress in Cutting Smoking

About 20 percent of adults in the U.S. were regular smokers last year, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is concerned that the numbers of adult smokers failed to decline significantly after a decade of near-steady …

Federal Grants Help Transition Homeless Vets to Housing

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) continues to increase federal grants to fund housing for homeless veterans, the Boston Globe reported Nov. 8. The housing programs often provide treatment for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, alcohol and other …

Special Offer for DVD ’Drugs: True Stories’

Editor’s Note, November 12, 2009:  Due to the overwhelming number of requests, this offer is no longer available. Complimentary copies of the DVD “Drugs: True Stories” are available from Words Can Work®, the producers of the acclaimed DVD Alcohol: True …

$3.7 Million Awarded to Expand ’Reclaiming Futures’

Three more juvenile drug courts will implement the Reclaiming Futures intervention and treatment model thanks to new grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency …

Mexico’s Drug Cartels Recruiting Youth

Drug cartels are luring an alarming number of Mexico’s youth into a lifestyle of fast money, drugs and crime, the Washington Post reported Nov. 3.  Drug traffickers are ramping up their recruitment of Mexico’s youth to replace the tens of …

Company Designs Filter to Remove Some Cigarette Toxins

A Hong Kong biotech firm has designed a filter that removes some of the toxic chemicals from cigarette smoke but leaves the tobacco flavor intact, Forbes reports in its upcoming Nov. 16 issue. The company, Filigent, has developed the MicroBlue …

Cut Drunk Driving Standard to .05 Percent, MADD Canada Says

Quebec should cut its legal blood-alcohol limit to .05 percent as recommended by the province’s transport minister in 2007, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada says. The London Free Press reported Oct. 27 that MADD Canada spokesperson Marie-Claude Morin said …

Fight Heroin with Heroin, Study Says

Less use of street drugs and less criminal activity were among the benefits of giving heroin addicts daily injections of the drug along with counseling and other services, according to a new study from Great Britain’s National Addiction Centre. CNN …

Agassi Drug Revelation Earns Criticism from Tennis Peers

Tennis champion Andre Agassi’s admission of drug use more than a decade ago has caused confusion and condemnation among current and former tennis pros, including some who have been professed admirers of his career. In his forthcoming autobiography, Agassi admits …