Tag Archives: Opiates

Study Finds Cash Incentives Effective in Smoking Cessation

New research suggests that offering cash incentives as part of a program to help cigarette smokers quit significantly increases cessation rates, HealthDay News reported Feb.12. About 900 employees of the General Electric Co. were recruited for the study. They were …

FDA Advised to Pull Darvocet Off Market

The pain medications Darvon and Darvocet should be pulled off the market, according to a recommendation approved on a 14-12 vote by a panel of medical experts assembled by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). CNN reported Jan. 30 that …

Advocates Call on ’Tween Stores to Stop Selling Flasks

Advocates for preventing underage drinking are calling on the teen accessory store chain, Icing by Claire’s, to stop selling girl-friendly flasks the Chicago Sun Times reported Jan. 23. Flasks decorated with charms and designed to hold 5 ounces of liquor …

Researcher: One in Five Men at Risk of Alcohol Abuse

At least one in five men in developed countries are at lifetime risk of becoming dependent on or abusing alcohol, according to a review of recent research, Reuters reported Jan. 25. Marc Schuckit of the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System …

Forbes Names ’Drug Capitals of America’

Big cities like New Orleans and Baltimore and small communities like Espanola, N.M., have been named on Forbes magazine’s list of ’Drug Capitals of America.’ Forbes reported Jan. 21 that the list is based on geographic drug-use data from the …

States Using Alcohol Tax Increases to Address Budget Woes

Kentucky and Arkansas have joined New York and California in the latest push by state legislators to increase alcohol taxes as a way to address budgetary shortfalls, the Wall Street Journal reported Jan. 17. Peter Cressy, chief executive of the …

Overconsumption of Coffee Could Cause Hallucinations, Researchers Say

Ingesting the amount of caffeine contained in seven cups of instant coffee could cause drinkers to experience hallucinations, according to researchers at Durham University. Bloomberg reported Jan. 14 that individuals who consumed more than 330 mg of caffeine daily were …

Petitions, Legal Cases Mount Over Crack Sentencing

Inmates across the U.S. are taking legal action to try to win early release under new federal cocaine sentencing guidelines, including filing suit when their requests are denied, the Washington Post reported Jan. 1. The U.S. Sentencing Commission last year …