Tag Archives: Medical Marijuana

Kitty Dukakis Continues to Encourage Women Battling Addiction, Depression

As the Kitty Dukakis Treatment Center for Women in Jamaica Plain, Mass., marks treating its 1,000th patient, the program’s namesake (and former state first lady) continues to be open about her struggles with depression and addiction, the Boston Globe reported …

Drinking Increases Cancer Risk, Canadian Study Finds

Drinking beer, wine or liquor raises the risk of developing certain types of cancer, according to a study of male drinkers and nondrinkers in Montreal. The Los Angeles Times reported Aug. 3 that researchers compared cancer prevalence in a group …

Philip Morris Enters Roll-Your-Own Tobacco Market

Philip Morris USA has begun testing the waters in the roll-your-own tobacco market by selling pouches and canisters of its L&M tobacco in Maine and Michigan, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported July 31. The roll-your-own tobacco market is relatively small in …

CSAP Awards $190 Million in Strategic Framework Grants

Twenty-five programs nationally will receive awards totaling $190 million over five years as part of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention’s (CSAP) Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grants program. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced July …

Governor Crist Applauds Comprehensive Drug Control Strategy

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -– Governor Charlie Crist applauded the 2009 strategy to combat substance abuse and addiction as outlined in Florida’s 2009 Drug Control Strategy report. The strategy establishes guidelines for policy recommendations for the administration based on a philosophy that …

Drugs’ Traces in Wastewater Could Be Used to Target Services

Traces of illicit drugs in municipal wastewater could be used to pinpoint consumption hotspots and perhaps target treatment and prevention services more effectively, according to a new study. Researchers in Oregon collected untreated wastewater samples from 96 communities statewide on …

Pentagon Maintains War-Zone Smoking

Despite a recent study commissioned by the Pentagon and the Department of Veterans Affairs suggesting a complete ban on tobacco in the military, Defense Secretary Robert Gates will continue to allow tobacco smoking by troops in combat zones, CNN reported …

Cancer Surgery Outcomes Improved When Smokers Abstain

Smokers who abstain for 4 to 8 weeks prior to having surgery for mouth or throat cancers experienced improved wound healing, and those who quit for good reduced the odds of having their cancer recur, Reuters reported June 18. On …

R.I. Lawmakers Contemplate Legalizing Marijuana

Rhode Island’s General Assembly has commissioned a panel to study the issue of marijuana legalization, the Providence Journal reported July 2. The nine-member Special Senate Commission to Study the Prohibition of Marijuana will be comprised of “elected members of the Rhode …

Researchers Say Female Brain More Stressed by Alcohol

Researchers at Idaho State University say that animal studies indicate that drinking triggers a more profound stress response in the female brain, which could help explain why alcohol has more deleterious effects on women. The Associated Press reported June 26 …