Tag Archives: Legislators

Tennessee Governor Will Veto Bill Allowing Guns in Bars

Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen said that he plans to veto legislation allowing people to carry firearms into restaurants and bars, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported May 28. The measure was slated to take effect June 1. “To carry a concealed …

Colleges Should Ease Marijuana Penalties, Advocates Say

Sanctions imposed for marijuana use by colleges and universities should be equalized with penalties for alcohol offenses, marijuana-legalization advocates contend. The Associated Press reported May 16 that activists have latched onto the recent debate about lowering the legal drinking age …

$50 Million Social Innovation Fund for Nonprofits Planned

The Obama administration plans to establish a $50-million social-innovation fund intended to leverage corporate and foundation support to expand innovative nonprofits, the Philanthropy News Network reported May 8. First lady Michelle Obama announced the program — which has not yet …

Communities Profit from Nonprofit Advocacy, Study Finds

A new report from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) found that North Carolina residents received $89 in benefits for every $1 that foundations invested in advocacy, organizing and civic-engagement efforts by 13 local nonprofits, PNN Online reported May 8. …

National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign Launches New Ad Campaign

The Office of National Drug Control Policy’s (ONDCP) National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign has launched a new youth-targeted ad campaign to educate teens about the dangers of multiple substances, including drugs and alcohol, and help them to live “above the influence.” Rolled …

The Benefits of Clinical Research on Drugs of Abuse

In response to recent concerns raised in the media about administering abused drugs to human subjects who are addicted (VA Researchers Gave Morphine to Addicts in Study, 5/5/09), I invite you to consider the following.  The National Institute on Drug …

Genetics May Influence Alcohol’s Effect on Fetus

New animal research suggests that genetics may influence whether or not a child exposed to alcohol in-utero is born with birth defects. HealthDay News reported April 22 that researchers at the University of Colorado gave alcohol to five inbred strains …

Anger Management May Help Smokers Quit, Study Says

Researchers from the University of California at Irvine are suggesting that smokers try anger-management classes to help them stop smoking, All Headline News reported April 24. Jean Gehricke and colleagues studied non-smokers and found that nicotine provided calming neurological effects …

New NIDA Drug Screening Tool Unveiled

A new online tool and other resources will help primary-care physicians screen their patients for alcohol, tobacco and other drug problems, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The NIDAMED physician outreach program includes the new Web-based screening …

UC Davis Program Credited with Decrease in High-Risk Drinking

Students at the University of California at Davis are limiting the amount of high-risk drinking they participate in as a result of a major prevention initiative, a new survey concludes. UC Davis’ Safe Party Initiative focused on reducing alcohol-related problems …