Tag Archives: Legislators

American Drinking Remains Steady in Recession

A new Gallup Poll shows that the recession has done little to change Americans drinking habits, UPI reported June 29. The June 14-17 telephone poll found that 64 percent of adults said they drink alcohol, roughly the same amount as …

Study: Tobacco Linked to Brain Damage

New research has found a direct link between tobacco use and brain damage, Science Daily reported on June 23. Researchers led by Debapriya Ghosh and Anirban Basu of the Indian National Brain Research Center (NBRC) said that the compound NNK, found …

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 …

Alcohol’s Effect on the Brain is Rapid, Detrimental

Researchers at Heidelberg University in Germany have found that it takes only six minutes for a change in brain cells to occur after drinking the equivalent of about three glasses of beer or two glasses of wine, Science Daily reported …

Calif. Legalization Advocates Focus on 2010 Ballot

Marijuana-legalization advocates in California are looking to get legislation to tax and regulate the drug on the state ballot for November 2010, the San Francisco Chronicle reported June 10. The initiative would allow people 21 years of age and older to …

Patrick Kennedy Again Seeks Addiction Treatment

Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) has checked into an addiction treatment center, saying that he has “decided to temporarily step away from my normal routine to ensure that I am being as vigilant as possible in my recovery.” The Associated Press …

Heaviest Smokers at Increased Lung-Cancer Death Risk

Smoking intensity may predict lung-cancer mortality, according to new research from West Virginia University. Researchers led by Nancy Guo at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center found that lung-cancer patients who smoked two or more packs of cigarettes each day …

New Web-Based Evaluation Tool for Drug and DWI Courts

The Treatment Research Institute (TRI) announces release of its Court Evaluation Program, “TRI-CEP,” a web-based, multi-media tool helping judges and other court officials comprehensively evaluate and justify their drug and other problem solving courts. TRI-CEP also includes adaptive features fostering rapid …

Mass. Anti-Smoking Program Helps Medicaid Recipients Quit

A Massachusetts smoking-cessation program for participants in the state Medicaid program has helped 33,000 people stop smoking, the Boston Business Journal reported June 1. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) saw a 26-percent decrease in the number of smokers …

Senate Starts Floor Debate on FDA Tobacco Bill

The U.S. Senate has voted 84-11 in favor of beginning debate on a bill that would give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the power to regulate tobacco products, Reuters reported June 2. Floor debate began Tuesday on the …