Tag Archives: Medical Marijuana

Drinking by Young Teens May Set Stage for Addiction

Brain changes caused by drinking before age 15 could predispose adolescents to a lifetime of alcohol dependency, HealthDay News reported Sept. 18. Researcher Arpana Agrawal of the Washington University School of Medicine, who studied alcohol use among twins, said that …

Teens Who Eat Infrequent Family Dinners Likelier to Drink, Smoke, Use Drugs

New York, NY, September 23, 2009 – Compared to teens who have frequent family dinners (five or more per week), those who have infrequent family dinners (fewer than three per week) are twice as likely to use tobacco or marijuana; …

Calif. Seeks Improved Prescription Tracking

Some good may be coming out of the death of singer Michael Jackson: the state of California is looking to improve its prescription-drug tracking system to prevent the kinds of abuses that contributed to the fatal overdose of the ’King …

Cloves, Other Flavored Cigarettes About to Disappear from Store Shelves

U.S. smokers who want flavored cigarettes have only a couple of days to stock up: the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is ordering cloves and other flavored cigarettes pulled from the marketplace by Sept. 22 as it enforces the provisions …

NYC Seeks Ban on Carrying Guns While Drunk

Seeking to close a loophole in the city’s already tough gun laws, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to make it illegal to carry a gun while drunk, the New York Daily News reported Sept. 3. “Carrying while intoxicated is …

Ban Alcohol Ads on State Property, Mass. Lawmaker Says

The Massachusetts legislature is considering a bill that would prohibit alcohol advertising on all state-owned property, including the transit system, the Boston Herald reported Sept. 6. The measure introduced by Rep. Martin Walsh (D-Boston) was discussed this week during a …

Mexican Drug War Claims 17 Lives at Treatment Center

Gunmen executed 17 residents of an addiction treatment center in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico — just the latest bloody attack on recovering addicts in Mexico’s violent drug war. The Associated Press reported Sept. 3 that gunmen broke into the El Aliviane …

Put Prevention in Healthcare Reform, Foundations Say

National healthcare reform needs to include prevention measures such as screening programs in order to save money and improve health, according to a coalition of top U.S. health foundations. The Convergence Partnership recently issued a letter to Congress citing a …

Penn State Named Top Party School

The annual Princeton Review list of best colleges in the U.S. has listed Penn State as both the nation’s top “party school” and the school where students quaff the most beer. USA Today reported July 27 that the rankings in …

Rhode Island Allows Legal Marijuana Sales

Medical-marijuana users in Rhode Island may soon be able to purchase the drug at legal, state-sanctioned “compassion centers,” the Providence Journal reported Aug. 24. Earlier this summer, state lawmakers approved legislation allowing marijuana-sales centers to be established for medical users, …