Tag Archives: Overdose

Attorney General Hints That Feds Won’t Pursue Medical-Marijuana Cases

DEA raids on medical-marijuana dispensaries could end, with the federal government leaving enforcement of state medical-marijuana laws to the states, Attorney General Eric Holder seemed to indicate in recent comments to reporters. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Feb. 27 that …

New PATS Study: More Teens ’Learning a Lot’ about Drug Risks From Parents

NEW YORK, NY – The Partnership for a Drug-Free America announced findings from the 2008 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS), which revealed the first major increase in the number of teens who reported “learning a lot” about the risks of drugs …

North Dakota House Rejects Smoking Bans

The North Dakota House of Representatives voted 59-33 to reject a proposed public smoking ban, the Bismarck Tribune reported Jan. 20. The ban would have applied to bars and hotels. Opponents cited their objections to limits on personal freedom and …

Beer Distributor Covers Bud Billboard

A Carlsbad, New Mexico beer distributor has covered up a welcome sign that read: “Bud Light: Our kind of town,” after two organizations expressed concerns that it encouraged drinking and driving, the Carlsbad Current-Argus News reported Feb. 17. Keep Carlsbad Beautiful …

Plan Columbia Expected to Continue

Officials in Colombia expect President Barack Obama to continue to send billions of dollars south to battle cocaine trafficking, contending that the alternative is more drugs on U.S. streets, Reuters reported Feb. 21. The Bush administration directed more than $5 …

Smokers Complain About Taste of ’Fire-Safe’ Cigarettes

An increasing number of states have required that tobacco companies sell only fast-extinguishing cigarettes, but some smokers complain that the ’fire-safe’ smokes don’t taste good, MSNBC reported Jan. 27. The ’fire-safe’ cigarettes include bands of thick paper that resist burning …

Advocates Call on ’Tween Stores to Stop Selling Flasks

Advocates for preventing underage drinking are calling on the teen accessory store chain, Icing by Claire’s, to stop selling girl-friendly flasks the Chicago Sun Times reported Jan. 23. Flasks decorated with charms and designed to hold 5 ounces of liquor …

Forbes Names ’Drug Capitals of America’

Big cities like New Orleans and Baltimore and small communities like Espanola, N.M., have been named on Forbes magazine’s list of ’Drug Capitals of America.’ Forbes reported Jan. 21 that the list is based on geographic drug-use data from the …

Study: Recovery Coaches Reduce Number of Substance-Exposed Births

New research suggests that recovery coaches — caseworkers with special training in addiction, relapse prevention, case management and counseling — can cut the number of newborns exposed to alcohol or other drugs and can play an important role in reuniting …