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2010 SAMHSA Science and Service Awards

Community-based organizations that have been exemplary in implementing evidence-based addiction and mental-health interventions may apply for the 2010 Science and Service Awards from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). These recognition awards (no funding) will be made …

Terrorists, Traffickers Partner for Transatlantic Drug Flights

Jet aircraft as large as Boeing 727s are being used to ship drugs across the Atlantic on clandestine flights organized by drug traffickers and terrorist groups, according to a report prepared for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Reuters reported …

E-Cigarettes Not Subject to FDA Regulation, Federal Judge Rules

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cannot block the importation of electronic cigarettes into the U.S. because they are not tobacco products — and thus not under the FDA’s jurisdiction — a federal judge has ruled. The Washington Post …

Maine Releases Substance Abuse Services Report Card

Augusta, ME — The Maine Substance Abuse Services Commission released the first ever Substance Abuse Services Report Card modeled after a 2006 report, Blueprint for the States: Policies to Improve the Ways States Organize and Deliver Alcohol and Drug Prevention …

Drug Tests Should Be Required to Get Unemployment Benefits, S.C. Lawmaker Says

South Carolina residents receiving unemployment benefits should be required to take drug tests, and those who test positive should have their benefits cut off until they complete drug treatment, a state lawmaker says. The Associated Press reported Jan. 8 that …

Childhood Exposure to Secondhand Smoke Linked to Lung Cancer

A genetic study has found that children who were exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to develop lung cancer as adults, according to researchers from the National Cancer Institute and the Mayo Clinic. Childhood exposure to secondhand smoke raised …

Campus Certification Program for Tobacco-Free College Policy

Denver, CO – College and university campuses that have instituted comprehensive smoke- or tobacco-free policies may now apply for official certification from The BACCHUS Network™, a leading national non-profit organization focused on health and safety issues concerning college students. Campuses are …

Same Genes at Play in Marijuana Use, Alcohol Dependence

The environmental factors that contribute to marijuana use and alcohol dependence differ significantly, but similar genes are involved in influencing people to drink and use marijuana, according to researchers. WebMD reported Dec. 18 that a study of identical and fraternal …

Mental Health of Military Kids Impacted by Parents’ Deployment

Children with parents in the military are more likely to experience anxiety than their peers, the New York Times reported Dec. 7. The more time a parent has spent deployed in the past three years, the likelier their children are …

Calif. Legalization Proponents Gather Needed Signatures for Ballot

Backers of a proposed California ballot initiative on marijuana legalization say they have gathered more than enough petition signatures to put the question before voters in 2010, Bloomberg reported Dec. 15. Salwa Irbrahim, a spokesperson for initiative organizers, said more …