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Join Together News Roundup for June 24, 2010

Live by the sword, die by the sword: Afghanistan, long the world’s leading exporter of opium poppy, is facing a growing domestic heroin addiction problem ... The U.S. Navy has torpedoed smoking on submarines ... A drink claiming to speed up alcohol metabolism is bogus, critics say ... The tobacco tax in New York City may soon rise to $5.85 per pack ... …

Experts Critical of Purported Hangover Curative

A new drink debuting in France claims to reduce drunkenness and lessen hangovers but has health experts wary, Fox News reported June 16.  The drink, Outox, purports to “greatly speed up” the breakdown of alcohol in the blood, which the …

Former FDA Chief Exhorts Agency to Lower Cigarette Nicotine Content

A former commissioner of the FDA urged the agency to use its new tobacco-regulation powers to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes to a sub-addicting level, the Washington Post reported June 17.  David Kessler praised the FDA’s regulatory actions to date …

Juiced Marijuana Offered to Medical Users as Alternative to Smoking

A California physician is offering his medical-marijuana patients a liquefied version of the drug that he says won’t produce much of a buzz but does contain chemicals helpful in treating a variety of illnesses, the Washington Post reported June 1. …

College Official: Don’t Ask Us to Solve Student Drinking

Binge and underage drinking are societal problems that college officials can’t be expected to solve, according to a speaker at the annual meeting of the American College Health Association (ACHA). USA Today reported June 4 that Edward P. Ehlinger, head …

Join Together News Roundup for June 10, 2010

They don?t spend much time in smoky bars, but kids are among the beneficiaries of laws banning indoor smoking ... A Washington watchdog group says two FDA tobacco advisory panel members who work for drug companies should step down ... A state court has revived a lawsuit against a San Francisco ordinance banning pharmacies from selling tobacco products ... Walgreens -- which filed the S.F. suit -- also has resumed selling alcohol in its stores after a self-imposed 15-year ban ... …

Heroin Maintenance Can Help Hardcore Addicts, Study Finds

Heroin addicts who can’t quit using and don’t respond to methadone treatment can be helped by maintenance doses of heroin, according to a study conducted by researchers at King’s College London. Reuters reported May 28 that heroin maintenance, while obviously …

Hazelden Announced New Online Addiction Screening Tool

Hazelden has unveiled a new online screening tool for consumers called About My Drinking. Visitors to the website who answer 18 questions can get a personalized assessment of their current alcohol and other drug use and -- if necessary -- a referral to a Hazelden addiction counselor ... …

Afghan Opium Production Down, American Forces Hopeful

A combination of poor growing conditions and government and military interdiction contributed to decreased opium production in Afghanistan this year, the New York Times reported May 22. American officials hope that a bad year, coupled with aid and incentives, could …

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