Tag Archives: Opiates

Lawmakers in Ten States Mull Drug Testing of Public Aid Recipients

Legislators in at least ten states are considering bills that would require adults on various types of public assistance to submit to drug testing. Supporters have said that testing would save money and encourage treatment, while opponents have claimed it would …

Recovery Advocates Call on U.S. Representatives to Join Addiction Caucus

"Faces & Voices of Recovery is organizing recovery and treatment advocates to ask their U.S. Representatives in Congress to join an addiction caucus focused on substance use disorders treatment and recovery." …

Obama Quit Smoking, First Lady Says

First Lady Michelle Obama says that her husband, President Barack Obama, has quit smoking, the Associated Press reported Feb. 8. “It’s been almost a year,” she said. She gave no details on how or when he quit. He had promised …

Vast Majority of Americans Unaware of Improvements in Mental Health Coverage

"The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, which went into effect in Jan. 2011, mandates that insurance companies provide the same coverage for mental health services as they do for physical health services. Yet, according to a American Psychological Association survey, only 10 percent of Americans have even heard of the law." …

New Dietary Guidelines on Alcohol Keep Daily Drinking Yardstick

"Thanks to comments from public health advocates -- including many of you -- the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans do not suggest a weekly average for alcohol consumption. Consistent with current scientific evidence, the guidelines suggest up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men for moderate consumers. " …

’Free the Bowl’ Video Contest Deadline Looms

Marin Institute extended the deadline for their 3rd annual ’Free the Bowl’ video contest until Jan. 27, at midnight. First prize is $1,000. …

FDA Loses Second Court Battle over E-Cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has lost another round in its battle to regulate electronic cigarettes as drug-delivery devices rather than as tobacco products, The Wall Street Journal reported Jan. 24. E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that heat cartridges of …

Wanted: Students for ’Big Bowl Vote 2011’

" Educators and middle- and high-school students are invited to participate in an informal national survey to measure the impact of alcohol advertising from the Super Bowl." …

FDA Warns Miss. Retailers for Selling Tobacco to Youth

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its first warning letters to retailers for selling tobacco to minors, Reuters reported Jan. 7. The FDA was granted authority over the sales and marketing of tobacco products under the 2009 Family Smoking …

N.J. Senator Backs Treatment and Early-Release for Nonviolent Drug Offenders

New Jersey’s nonviolent offenders with addiction disorders could be eligible for early release from prison — with continued substance abuse treatment — under proposed legislation sponsored by state Sen. Raymond J. Lesniak (D-Union), NJ.com reported Jan. 6. Lesniak’s “Earn Your Way Out” program, …