Tag Archives: Overdose

New Drug Czar Disavows Drug ’War’

The Obama administration’s new ’drug czar’ says he is open to a fundamental rethinking of the nation’s approach to preventing illicit-drug use and wants to cast aside the language of war in describing the effort, the Wall Street Journal reported …

Cato Institute Cites Decriminalization Success in Portugal

Decriminalizing drug possession and providing users with treatment rather than jail time helped cut teen drug use and the number of people seeking treatment doubled in Portugal, according to a new study from the libertarian Cato Institute. Time magazine reported …

Study: Youth Smoking Rates Tied to Perception of Tobacco Industry

Media campaigns that present the tobacco industry in a negative light can cut smoking rates among young adults, Science Daily reported May 6. Researchers at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) studied the relationship between attitudes about 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 …

Lawmakers Propose Beer-Tax Hike in Wisc.

Wisconsin’s beer tax hasn’t increased in 40 years, but a new legislative proposal would raise the tax from 0.6 cents per bottle to 3 cents, the Associated Press reported April 29. The measure is supported by health officials, police groups …

Senator Calls Drug Cartels Top Organized Crime Threat to U.S.

Mexican drug cartels have displaced the Mafia as the top organized-crime threat to the United States, according to Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.). Fox News reported April 20 that Lieberman called the battle against the cartels “literally a war” and announced …

Mexican Lawmakers Debate Marijuana Legalization

Amid continuing drug-cartel violence, Mexico’s Congress has convened a three-day debate to discuss the merits of legalizing marijuana for personal use in Mexico, the Associated Press reported April 13. Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon has expressed his opposition to legalizing marijuana; …

Rhode Island Now Has Nation’s Highest Cigarette Tax

The nation’s smallest state now has the highest tax on cigarettes in the U.S., levying $3.46 cents in taxes on every pack sold, the Providence Journal reported April 9. A $1-per-pack increase in the state cigarette tax went into effect …

’Father Martin’ Dead at 84

The Rev. Joseph C. Martin, founder of Father Martin’s Ashley treatment program and author of the book ’Chalk Talks on Alcohol,’ died this week of heart failure at age 84. The Los Angeles Times reported March 10 that Martin, a …

Confusion Reigns on Medical Marijuana Prosecutions

Recent comments by Attorney General Eric Holder have apparently sent mixed signals to prosecutors in California about the Obama administration’s approach to medical-marijuana cases. The Los Angeles Times reported March 7 that shortly after Holder seemed to indicate that the …