Tag Archives: Opiates

College Program Aims to Curb Alcohol-Related Deaths

Red Watch Band, a volunteer program started at Stony Brook University in New York, aims to teach students what to do when someone passes out from binge drinking, USA Today reported June 15. The program was founded after the son of a …

Regulation Uneven as E-Cigarettes Gain Popularity

New smokeless, electronic cigarettes have become increasingly popular in the U.S., with smokers buying the devices online even as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has intercepted some shipments of the products, saying that they are unapproved drug-delivery devices. …

Tobacco Company to Test Effectiveness of ’Less Toxic’ Cigarettes

British American Tobacco (BAT) is testing the effectiveness of new cigarettes that the company claims emit less-toxic smoke, The Financial Times reported May 9.BAT’s three prototype cigarettes include new filters and tobacco that has been treated with enzymes to help …

R.J. Reynolds Sanctioned for Camel Ads

Ads published in Rolling Stone magazine for Camel cigarettes violated the 1998 nationwide tobacco settlement by featuring cartoon images, a Pennsylvania judge has ruled. The Associated Press reported that Judge William J. Manfredi ordered cigarette maker R.J. Reynolds to pay a …

Heavy Drinking Can Raise Risk of Pancreatic Cancer

Long-term heavy drinkers were 1.6 times more likely to develop pancreatic cancer than nondrinkers, according to researchers at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Reuters reported May 14 that researcher Mirjam M. Heinen and colleagues drew their conclusions from more than …

Poll Finds Majority of Voters Favor Marijuana Legalization

Fifty-two percent of U.S. voters are in favor of the federal government legalizing marijuana, according to a new Zogby poll, Salem-News reported May 6. Commissioned by the conservative O’Leary Report, the poll sampled 3,937 voters about their perspectives on legalization. The …

Obama’s First Budget Supports Drug Courts, Eliminates Drug-Free Schools

The first budget plan submitted to Congress by President Barack Obama includes an overall increase in funding for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) but calls for elimination of the Department of Education’s Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities …

Survey Finds Rising Parental Awareness of Youth Prescription Drug Abuse

Parents are increasingly aware of the threat that prescription drug abuse poses to their children, according to findings in the latest Partnership for a Drug-Free America (PDFA)/MetLife Foundation Parents Attitude Tracking Study (PATS). The 2008 study of about 1,000 parents of …

Lower Crack Cocaine Penalties, Justice Dept. Advises Congress

Criminal penalties for crack cocaine sales and possession should be lowered so that they are the same as those for offenses involving the powdered form of the drug, a high-ranking member of the U.S. Justice Department told Congress this week. …

Calif. Smoking Policies Have Saved One Million Lives, State Says

California’s comprehensive approach to tobacco education and cessation activities has contributed to a steep decline in cigarette use in the state and has prevented an estimated one million smoking-related deaths, the Los Angeles Times reported April 9. Data released on …