Tag Archives: Local Government

Drug Courts Cut Crime, Recidivism, Prison Costs, International Study Finds

Researchers who looked at drug courts in 12 countries issued a ringing endorsement of their effects on crime and costs to society, saying the concept of offering addiction treatment to drug offenders rather than prison has succeeded in countries from …

AMERSA National Conference: Call for Abstracts, Workshops

The Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse is pleased to announce its 34th Annual AMERSA National Conference to be held on November 4-6, 2010, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bethesda, MD. The meeting will reflect on AMERSA’s …

Tenn. Lawmakers Call for Study of Medical Marijuana

Swayed by lobbying from a man with rhumatoid arthritis, a Tennessee House of Representatives committee voted this week to authorize a study of medical marijuana, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported April 27. The proposal was passed by the House …

Research Uncovers Link Between Substance Use, Frequent Indoor Tanning

New research shows that high levels of substance use among young adults are linked to problematic levels of indoor tanning, perhaps because of a similar addictive process for the two behaviors. …

Helping Drinkers Assess Risk and Change Behavior: AlcoholScreening.org Expands

Since 2001, AlcoholScreening.org, an online assessment tool, has helped 1.3 million people across the United States take stock of their alcohol consumption to understand if they practice unhealthy drinking patterns. This month, the site was re-launched with expanded intervention tools …

Marijuana Use Pervasive Among Potential NFL Draftees

A history of marijuana use still counts as an unsavory mark on football players coming out of college and entering the National Football League (NFL) draft, but NFL personnel officials say that use of the drug has become so widespread …

Teens Expect Drinking and Driving on Prom Night, Survey Says

A survey of 11th- and 12th-grade students finds that 90 percent believe that their peers are more likely to drink and drive on prom night, but few think that the behavior carries a high degree of risk, USA Today reported …

Fla. Verdicts Trending Against Tobacco Companies

Florida juries are willing to buy the tobacco industry’s argument that smokers are partly to blame for their illness, but nonetheless are awarding large judgments against cigarette makers in product-liability lawsuits, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported April 5. Some juries have …

To Clear Court Docket, Philly Eases Marijuana Penalties

People caught possessing marijuana in Philadelphia will soon face nothing more than a fine as the city — seeking to clear minor cases from court dockets — makes the offense even less than a misdemeanor. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported April …

Health Risk Factors Cut 4-5 Years from Life Expectancy

Men who smoke, are overweight, and have high blood pressure and blood sugar can expect to live an average of 4.9 years less than the average American, while women with these often-preventable health problems are likely to live 4.1 years …