Tag Archives: Medical Marijuana

MADD, Century Council Split Over Drunk-Driving Penalties

Clashing over penalties for first-time drunk driving offenses, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has severed its relationship with the alcohol-industry funded Century Council, the Wall Street Journal reported June 9. MADD officials said that the Century Council violated a pledge …

Heaviest Smokers at Increased Lung-Cancer Death Risk

Smoking intensity may predict lung-cancer mortality, according to new research from West Virginia University. Researchers led by Nancy Guo at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center found that lung-cancer patients who smoked two or more packs of cigarettes each day …

N.J. Medical Marijuana Bill Moves to Full Assembly

Legislation to legalize the use of marijuana for “compassionate medical” purposes passed the New Jersey General Assembly’s Health and Senior Services Committee by an 8-1 vote, MSNBC reported June 5. The measure now goes to the full Assembly for consideration. …

Study: Children More Likely to Smoke if Mothers Smoked While Pregnant

New research from the University of Arizona suggests that children are ’primed’ to become regular smokers as teenagers if their mothers smoked during pregnancy, USA Today reported May 19. Researchers led by Roni Grad found that children whose mothers smoked …

WHO: Cigarette Packages Should Display Graphic Warnings

The World Health Organization (WHO) is recommending that tobacco companies be compelled to include graphic images of sickness caused by smoking on cigarette packages, the Associated Press reported May 29. The WHO cited studies on education campaigns in Brazil, Canada, …

More Pregnant Women Seeking Treatment for Methamphetamine Addiction

New research from the University of Chicago indicates that the number of pregnant women seeking treatment for methamphetamine use tripled between 1994 to 2006, HealthDay News reported May 21. Researcher Mishka Terplan and colleagues analyzed data from federally funded treatment …

Former Drug Czar Warns of Growing Heroin Use Among Troops in Afghanistan

Retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey, who served as U.S.  drug czar under President Bill Clinton, says more U.S. soldiers will abuse heroin and terrorists will remain in Afghanistan if opium crops in the region are not destroyed, the Palm Beach Post …

Study: Smoking Bans Don’t Hurt Bar, Restaurant Business

Hospitality jobs are not affected by widespread indoor-smoking bans, according to a new report that says there is no economic justification for exempting bars and restaurants from smokefree-spaces laws. AHN reported May 20 that the study by Elizabeth Klein of …

The Benefits of Clinical Research on Drugs of Abuse

In response to recent concerns raised in the media about administering abused drugs to human subjects who are addicted (VA Researchers Gave Morphine to Addicts in Study, 5/5/09), I invite you to consider the following.  The National Institute on Drug …

Former Prosecutor Named U.S. ’Border Czar’

Alan Bersin, who served as a federal prosecutor in the Clinton administration, has been named the Obama administration’s ’border czar,’ the Associated Press reported April 15. Bersin’s primary responsibility will be to stop the flow of drugs and illegal immigrants …