Tag Archives: Opiates

Vodka in Skull Bottle Faces Ban

A premium vodka sold in a bottle shaped like a skull has been banned from sale in Ontario, Canada, where officials are concerned that the packaging could appeal to children, the Toronto Globe and Mail reported May 18. Crystal Head …

Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

Daniel Okrent’s new book on the history of Prohibition, "Last Call," is chockablock with fascinating anectodes and factoids about American’s dalliance as a dry nation, but also points to some useful parallels to contemporary debates on drug policy. …

Kerlikowske Says Drug War Has ’Not Been Successful’

The War on Drugs, declared by President Nixon in 1970 and continued for the past four decades, has “not been successful,” said Obama administration drug czar Gil Kerlikowske, echoing a common trope of the drug-policy reform movement. “In the grand …

Bud Light to Replace Coors Light as NFL Beer Sponsor

MillerCoors has announced that it will end its sponsor relationship with the National Football League, opening the door for Anheuser-Busch’s Bud Light to become the league’s official beer, the Associated Press reported May 4. Coors Light has been the official …

L.A. Orders Closure of 439 Marijuana Dispensaries by June 7

More than 400 marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles will have to shut their doors before a city ordinance regulating such centers takes effect, the Los Angeles Times reported May 5.  City prosecutors have began notifying dispensaries – many operating illegally …

Effort to Cut Mass. Alcohol Taxes Defeated

The Massachusetts House of Representatives has rejected Republican-led efforts to roll back a recent state sales-tax increase that included alcoholic beverages, the Associated Press reported April 27. A pair of amendments to the state budget would have repealed the increase …

Childhood Sleep Problems May Presage Adult Addiction

Children who have trouble sleeping may be at increased risk of alcohol and other drug problems when they reach young adulthood, according to researcher Marie M. Wong of Idaho State University. Science Daily reported April 7 that Wong and colleagues …

Ban on Mailing Tobacco Signed by Obama

The U.S. Postal Service will no longer deliver tobacco products by mail under legislation signed into law this week by President Barack Obama. “Enactment of this legislation is a milestone in the fight to keep kids from smoking and prevent …

FDA Hears Mixed Opinions on Menthol Cigarettes

Some health officials told a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel that adding menthol to cigarettes could make smoking easier and more addictive, an opinion challenged by representatives of the tobacco industry. Reuters reported March 30 that the FDA’s …

U.S. and Mexico Expand Antidrug Cooperation

A new $331-million antidrug strategy unveiled this week by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would build on the Bush administration’s so-called Merida Initiative and improve cooperation between intelligence communities, border screening, community law enforcement, and joint socioeconomic programs intended to …