Tag Archives: Legislators

Study Says Alcohol May Protect Against Arthritis

People who abstain from alcohol are at higher risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis than those who drink regularly, and drinkers with arthritis report less-severe symptoms than non-drinkers, a new study finds. Bloomberg reported July 28 that the study from the …

Researchers Say Nicotine Craving May Be More Mental than Physical

Israeli researchers who studied nicotine craving among flight attendants concluded that the desire for a cigarette may have more to do with habit than addiction to nicotine, UPI reported July 19. Study author Reuven Dar of Tel Aviv University and …

Clergy a Common Resource for People Battling Addiction

About 15 percent of people seeking recovery from alcoholism turn to clergy members for support, a University of Michigan study finds. HealthDay News reported July 21 that a survey of 1,910 individuals with alcohol-related problems found that while many people …

Police Challenged by Crashes Involving Prescription Drugs

Car crashes involving prescription drugs are often harder to detect and prosecute than those involving alcohol or illicit drugs, the New York Times reported July 25. Drunk-driving crashes are declining, but law-enforcement officials say that more people are being charged …

Join Together News Roundup for July 26, 2010

You can lead colleges to evidence-based programs, but you can’t make them adopt measures that stop kids from drinking ... Virginia’s governor wants the state out of the alcohol retail business ... Four big farms could legally supply Oakland’s medical-marijuana users, the city says ... Despite declining smoking rates and ongoing litigation, the tobacco industry continues to pull in big profits ... …

Fight to Save Public Funding for Methadone in California

Methadone maintenance is on the budgetary chopping block in California, but supporters -- including some prominent law-enforcement officials -- are trying to get $53 million in funding restored to the state budget. A plan to eliminate Medi-Cal funding for methadone maintenance is "tantamount to destroying the lives of 35,000 people, as well as having them return to addiction," according to a column by Lee Baca and Charlie Beck -- the sheriff of Los Angeles County and L.A.’s police chief, respectively. The pair note that cutting the funding will actually result in a double loss as federal matching funds will be forfeited. …

Join Together News Roundup for July 22, 2010

Will federal privacy regulations stand in the way of integrating behavioral and mainstream healthcare? ... New Mexico can’t grow enough marijuana to meet the demands of medical users ... Kansas is balking on enforcing a law that would require drink prices to be set according to alcohol content ... Unhappy hour: Your risk of stroke spikes during the hour after you drink alcohol, researchers say ... Teens who binge-drink may be more likely to suffer osteoporosis later in life ... …

SAMHSA Document on Confidentiality Regulations Raises Further Questions

With national health reform moving the field toward coordination of all aspects of an individual’s medical care via “patient-centered medical homes,” longstanding federal requirements that govern information about clients in addiction treatment have come under scrutiny over their potential effect …

Join Together News Roundup for July 21, 2010

Treatment admissions for prescription-drug problems have tripled in recent years, SAMHSA reports ... Putting teens in group therapy with heavy users can lead to more youth drug use ... A bid to repeal the state’s new alcohol tax will be the first thing Massachusetts voters will see on the ballot this fall ... "Token clubs" provide a safe haven for sober socializing ... …

Cigarette Vending Machines, Nearly Extinct, Set to Evolve

Old-school cigarette vending machines have nearly disappeared from New York City bars, but a new generation of modern machines may soon take their place, the New York Times reported July 12. A reporter could only find three of the once-familiar …