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Addicts Have High Rates of Infectious Disease, But Few Treatment Programs Screen Patients

Less than half of U.S. addiction-treatment programs screen for infectious diseases like HIV, hepatitis B and C, and tuberculosis, despite the fact that people with addictions have higher rates of all these diseases than the general public. A new survey …

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 …

Utah Governor Likely to Allow Tobacco Tax

A new $1-per-pack tax on cigarettes is likely to become law in Utah after Gov. Gary Herbert indicated that he would not veto a measure containing the tax legislation, the Salt Lake Tribune reported March 12. State lawmakers incorporated the …

Flaccid Stop-Smoking Message on Cigarette Packs Repel Some Egyptians

A public-service campaign that warns smokers of the danger of impotency with the image of a droopy cigarette has been condemned in conservative Egypt, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Feb. 21. The Ministry of Health ad — placed on every pack …

Cocaine Deaths Higher on Hotter Days

More people die of cocaine overdoses on hot days, possibly because the drug raises body temperatures, according to researchers. Study author Amy Bohnert of the VA National Serious Mental Illness Treatment Research and Evaluation Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., and …

Analysis Confirms Link Between Smoking and Prostate Cancer

A meta-analysis of 24 previous studies concluded that there is “good evidence that prostate cancer is likely a smoking-related tumor,” according to researcher Michael Huncharek. Reuters reported March 3 that Huncharek, a researcher at the Meta-Analysis Research Group in Columbia, …

Washington Bill Makes Medical Marijuana More Available

Physicians’ assistants, nurse practitioners and naturopathic physicians would join doctors in being able to prescribe marijuana for medical use under a bill that’s close to becoming law in Washington state, the Seattle Times reported March 4. The bill, S-5798, passed …

Psychosis More Common Among Teen Marijuana Users: Study

Smoking marijuana as a teenager could raise the risk of developing schizophrenia and psychotic symptoms as a young adult, according to a new study that compared the prevalence of mental illness among marijuana users and non-users. Bloomberg News reported March …

Obama Administration Seeks $300 Billion from Tobacco Industry

Both sides are appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court to rule in an ongoing court battle between the federal government and the tobacco industry over cigarette companies’ long history of deceiving the public about the health risks of smoking. The …

Tobacco Companies Want Ruling on Conduct Nullified

A 2006 Florida Supreme Court ruling that the tobacco industry sold defective products, covered up evidence about the health risks of smoking and lied to the public is being challenged in federal court, Bloomberg reported Jan. 26. Cigarette companies are …