Tag Archives: Legislators

AMERSA National Conference

The Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse is pleased to announce its 33rd Annual AMERSA National Conference to be held on November 5-7, 2009, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bethesda, MD. The meeting will reflect on AMERSA’s …

Cigarette Tax Increase Causing More Smokers to Quit

The 62-cent-per-pack federal tax increase on cigarettes — earmarked to fund the expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program — has resulted in a surge in smokers looking for help to quit, the Washington Post reported April 3. In …

Naltrexone Helps Smokers as Well as Drinkers

Heavy social drinkers who took the addiction-treatment drug naltrexone were more likely to cut down on their smoking as well as drinking, according to researchers from the University of Chicago. Reuters reported March 26 that a study of 78 nonalcoholic …

Mass. Towns Seek Ban on Public Marijuana Use

Massachusetts towns are enacting bylaws that impose fines for public smoking of marijuana – a tactic that advocates consider an effort to subvert the will of voters who overwhelmingly approved marijuana decriminalization in the Commonwealth last fall. The Boston Globe reported March …

Ohio Prosecutors Propose Elimination of Some Mandatory Prison Sentences

Ohio criminal prosecutors are backing a plan to eliminate some mandatory prison sentences for trafficking and possessing chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, the Columbus Dispatch reported March 24. The changes proposed by http://www.ohiopa.org/  Ohio prosecutors will amend “tough-on-crime” laws …

Middle Schoolers ’Smoke’ Smarties Candy

Middle-school students have found a new use for Smarties candy — “smoking” them. The Wall Street Journal reported March 20 that students are crushing the sugary candy discs into a powder, tearing off one end of the cellophane wrapper, pouring …

Anna Nicole Smith’s Boyfriend, Doctors Face Drug Charges

California authorities have charged Anna Nicole Smith’s boyfriend, Howard Kevin Stern, and her doctors with illegally supplying Smith with prescription drugs, the Los Angeles Times reported March 13. Stern and doctors Sandeep Kapoor and Khristine Eroshevich have been charged with …

U.N. Narcotics Board Urges Regulation of Internet Pharmacies

The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) is calling for greater international cooperation, regulation and law enforcement to prevent online drug trafficking. Reuters reported March 17 that the INCB suggested a variety of measures, including regulatory and legislative action, to prevent …

Montana Legislators Approve Restrictions on Alcoholic Energy Drinks

Both houses of the Montana legislature have approved a bill that would limit sales of energy drinks that contain alcohol, the Billings Gazette reported March 14. House lawmakers voted 54-44 in favor of a measure that would restrict sales of …

Inhalant Use Declines Among U.S. Teens

A new report based upon the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) found that fewer adolescents are trying inhalants like glue, lighter fluid and other common substances, but the overall number of inhalant abusers has not declined, the …