Tag Archives: Opiates

Russian Leader Set to Tackle Nation’s Drinking Problem

Russian President Dmitri Medvedev, who calls alcoholism a “national calamity,” plans to work with the nation’s parliament this fall to tackle the country’s drinking problem by proposing an increase in taxes, stricter labeling laws, and restrictions on where alcohol can …

Beer Prices Going Up This Fall

Two of the largest brewers in the U.S. have announced plans to raise prices on their signature products this fall, although the amount of the increases has not been disclosed. The Associated Press reported Aug. 25 that Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors …

Alcohol Ads Air More Frequently When Kids Watch, Study Says

Alcohol companies have pledged to avoid advertising on TV programs with 30 percent or more youth viewership, but a new study of cable TV shows that the programs that fall under this threshold but retain the most popularity with kids …

Budweiser ’Fan Cans’ Come in College Team Colors

Anheuser-Busch is releasing a series of 27 can designs for Bud Light featuring the colors of college sports teams, but the schools’ reactions have been decidedly mixed, the Wall Street Journal reported Aug. 21. The brewer contends that the promotion …

One in Five Teens Share Their Prescription Drugs with Friends

A survey of 12- to 17-year-olds in the U.S. has found that about 20 percent said they have given their prescription drugs like Oxycontin and Darvocet to friends or obtained drugs the same way, Reuters reported Aug. 18. Allergy drugs, …

Oral Cancer Tied to U.K. Binge Drinking Plague

Cases of oral cancer have risen sharply among middle-aged Britons since the mid-1990s, and health experts place the blame on binge drinking and a surge in alcohol consumption in the U.K., the Guardian reported Aug. 11. Cancer Research UK reported …

Calif. Accused Drunk Drivers Can Challenge Breath Tests

Breathalyzer tests can fail to produce accurate results, so accused drunk drivers have the right to challenge the results of such tests in court, the California Supreme Court has ruled. The Los Angeles Times reported July 9 that the court …

American Drinking Remains Steady in Recession

A new Gallup Poll shows that the recession has done little to change Americans drinking habits, UPI reported June 29. The June 14-17 telephone poll found that 64 percent of adults said they drink alcohol, roughly the same amount as …

N.H. Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana Bill

The New Hampshire House of Representatives passed legislation that would allow medical use of marijuana, leaving the final word to Gov. John Lynch, the Nashua Telegraph reported June 25.  Lynch said his biggest concern was whether or not the bill …

Obama Says His Nicotine Addiction is ’95 Percent Cured’

President Barack Obama told reporters that while he is almost totally over his smoking addiction, quitting remains a constant struggle, the AFP reported June 24. “I would say that I am 95 percent cured. But there are times where I …