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3 Million Uninsured Workers Need Addiction Treatment, SAMHSA Estimates

About 16 percent of all U.S. workers without health insurance needed addiction treatment within the past year, but only 12.6 percent were able to access services at a specialty addiction-treatment center, a new survey finds. The need was particularly acute …

Asian Enzyme ’Defect’ Could Have Emerged as Evolutionary Advantage

The genetic mutation that causes alcohol intolerance among some East Asians may have arisen as a protection against alcoholism dating to the period when rice was first cultivated, Time magazine reported Jan. 20. Researchers who studied the DNA of 38 …

Word Choices Affect Attitudes Toward Addiction Recovery

A survey of health professionals found that referring to people with addictions as “substance abusers” was more likely to evoke punitive responses to drug use than those who referred to individuals with “substance-use disorders,” according to researchers at Massachusetts General …

Mexican Drug Decriminalization Has Little Impact

Mexico’s decision to decriminalize possession of small amounts of narcotic drugs has had little of the hoped-for effect on drug violence or addiction, local residents and experts say. The Arizona Republic reported Jan. 10 that buying drugs in cities like …

Medical Marijuana Bills Introduced in Wisconsin

Lawmakers in both houses of the Wisconsin state legislature are considering bills that would legalize medical use of marijuana, the Wausau Daily Herald reported Nov. 28. The measures introduced in the state Senate and Assembly could make Wisconsin the 14th …

Senate Bill Would Block Postal Service from Delivering Cigarettes

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a bill that would ban the U.S. Postal Service from delivering cigarettes and other tobacco products — a policy already adopted by private couriers like Federal Express and UPS. Indian Country Today reported …

Mexican Traffickers, Growers in Indian Country

Mexican drug cartels are not only setting up marijuana grow operations in U.S. national parks and other public lands but also have infiltrated a number of Indian reservations, the Wall Street Journal reported Nov. 5. In fact, Mexican drug operations …

Injunction Denied in Tobacco Firms’ FDA Case

A courtroom bid to block implementation of the FDA tobacco-regulation law filed by a top cigarette company has been denied by a federal judge, the Associated Press reported Nov. 5. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. sought a preliminary injunction against the …

Pa. Tobacco Tax Exemption Stays in Place

Pennsylvania has long exempted cigars and smokeless tobacco from state taxes, and the policy is likely to remain in place thanks to lobbying by the state’s cigar-makers and tobacco growers, the Associated Press reported Oct. 1. Gov. Ed Rendell had …

Dementia Less Prevalent in Moderate Drinkers than Abstainers, Study Says

An analysis of 15 previously published research studies concludes that moderate drinkers are less likely to develop dementia as they age compared with nondrinkers, Medical News Today reported Aug. 30. “We found that light to moderate drinkers were 28 percent less …