Tag Archives: Medical Marijuana

Join Together News Roundup for July 9, 2010

Children of smokers face an array of health problems, a study finds ... Some smokers may benefit from starting nictoine-replacement therapy before they stop smoking ... Mexican drug smugglers are hiring U.S. teens to move drugs across the border ... Smoking kills, Russia is warning smokers on cigarette packs ... …

Tailored Meth Treatment Lacking, Experts Say

Methamphetamine users have unique treatment needs but typically receive the same type of therapy as those addicted to other drugs, the San Francisco Chronicle reported July 6. “If someone needs treatment now, they might as well go to any place …

Pelvic Pain Worse Among Pregnant Smokers

Women who smoke during pregnancy are 20 percent more likely to report pelvic pain than nonsmokers, Reuters reported June 18. A study of 5,000 women found that reports of pelvic pain were higher even among women who quit smoking during …

Recovery Schools Help Students Stay Clean

Would you ask an adult in recovery to hang around with his or her drinking buddies every day? Certainly not, yet we ask teens to go back to school after treatment and avoid all their friends who use drugs or alcohol. Recovery Schools are one solution, and are the focus of a national conference next month. …

Research Society on Alcoholism Honors Robert Zucker, Ph.D.

Robert A. Zucker, director of the University of Michigan Addiction Research Center, will receive the 2010 Research Society on Alcoholism Distinguished Researcher Award -- the group’s highest honor, according to a June 15 announcement. Zucker has directed the Michigan Longitudinal Study -- which tracks the alcohol and other drug use histories of 2,200 people in 460 families -- for the past 26 years, as well as conducting research into gene-based environmental relationships and the neural circuitry underlying addiction risk. …

Join Together News Roundup for June 14, 2010

Here’s one way to separate the sick from the stoners: A California doctor is promoting a form of medical marijuana he claims is more therapeutic -- but won’t get you high ... Isn’t that special: Researchers say that frequent users of ketamine (a.k.a. Special K) can develop incontinence ? Professional poker players are renowned for their stamina and focus -- but some may be using drugs to gain an edge at the table ? Yet another report finds fewer heart-attack hospitalizations after public smoking bans -- this time in London ? …

U.K. Heart Attack Admissions Fall After Smoking Ban

Hospitals in the U.K. admitted about 100 fewer heart-attack victims each month after a ban on indoor smoking went into effect in July 2007, the Times of London reported June 9. Researchers examined data on all adult hospital admissions in …

Join Together News Roundup for June 9, 2010

Have you been ’iced’? Smirnoff says don’t blame us for the viral game ... About half of Californians say they support marijuana legalization, but that may not be good news for supporters of the ballot question ... New Jersey medical-marijuana backers say they’ll brook no delay in implementing a new state law ... Relabeling loose cigarette tobacco as pipe tobacco has allowed the industry to avoid $250 million in taxes ... …

Join Together News Roundup for June 1, 2010

Cutting out the middleman: A new study says that heroin addicts who don’t respond to methadone can benefit from heroin maintenance ... Highly pure heroin from Mexico is causing more overdoses in the U.S. ... An energy drink called "Four Loko" has 12 percent alcohol ... Some doctors won’t perform elective surgery on smokers, citing liability concerns and risk of complications. …

Public Smoking Ban Linked to Lower Arizona Hospital Admissions

One year out from a statewide public-smoking ban, hospital admissions for asthma, stroke, heart attacks, and angina fell sharply in Arizona, the Arizona Daily Star reported May 20. University of Arizona researchers analyzed data from all 87 of the state’s …