Tag Archives: Local Government

Local Governments in Southern States Look to Alcohol to Boost Revenues

Local governments in southern states are starting to look to alcohol sales as a way to boost revenues. …

U.N. Says Designer Drugs a Global Threat

When it comes to controlling the harmful effects of drugs, governments worldwide have a long “to-do” list, according to a watchdog group at the United Nations. The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) has issued its annual report with a number …

WHO Says Alcohol an Overlooked Killer, Calls for More Action

Alcohol is “the world’s third largest risk factor for disease and disability,” and is responsible for nearly four percent of deaths worldwide – more than AIDS, violence or tuberculosis — according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Status Report on Alcohol …

FDA Loses Second Court Battle over E-Cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has lost another round in its battle to regulate electronic cigarettes as drug-delivery devices rather than as tobacco products, The Wall Street Journal reported Jan. 24. E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that heat cartridges of …

FDA to Limit Acetaminophen in Prescription Drugs

To prevent overdoses, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued strict new limits on a common ingredient in prescription painkillers, The New York Times reported Jan. 14.  The FDA has ruled that prescription painkillers may contain only 325 milligrams of …

Expert on American Drug-Control Policy Dies at 74

David F. Musto, M.D., author of a pioneering history of drug-control policy and a former advisor on drug control to the Carter Administration, died Oct. 8. …

Join Together News Roundup for July 15, 2010

High-school drug testing has some short-term benefits but little effect on long-term drug use, a new study finds ... Music can make you high ... A lawsuit in New York City has delayed a Massachusetts antismoking campaign ... New Jersey hospitals want to be the sole distributors of medical marijuana under a new state law ... …

Russia Puts ’Smoking Kills’ Labels on Cigarette Packs

Russia has adopted new policies to regulate and reduce cigarette usage in the country, including “smoking kills” and other health warnings on cigarette packs, Reuters reported June 26. The new standards require warnings to cover at least 30 percent of …

Report on Mexican Meth Delayed

A report that says Mexico is producing an increasingly large amount of methamphetamine for illegal import into the U.S. has been held back by the Obama administration, the New York Times reported June 8. The 2010 National Methamphetamine Threat Assessment …

Mass. Insurers Ramp Up Scrutiny of Mental Health Treatment

Addiction and mental-health parity may be the law of the land, but it doesn’t seem to be preventing insurers from limiting access to such services in states like Massachusetts. The Boston Globe reported May 17 that insurers in Massachusetts are …