Tag Archives: Overdose

Beer Prices Going Up This Fall

Two of the largest brewers in the U.S. have announced plans to raise prices on their signature products this fall, although the amount of the increases has not been disclosed. The Associated Press reported Aug. 25 that Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors …

Human Rights Watch Calls for Mexico Drug Funding Cutoff

The group Human Rights Watch is accusing the Mexican government of rights violations in its ongoing war against drug cartels and says U.S. antidrug aid should be suspended until the problems are addressed, the Los Angeles Times reported July 14. …

Ban on Needle-Exchange Funding Lifted by U.S. House

Federal money could be used to pay for needle-exchange programs under budget legislation approved this week by the U.S. House of Representatives, the Associated Press reported July 25. The measure would lift a 21-year-old ban on funding needle exchanges, which …

Policymakers Move to Equalize Cocaine Sentences

Support is solidifying in Congress and within the Obama administration to finally equalize the penalties for crimes involving the crack and powdered version of cocaine, the Washington Post reported July 25. A House subcommittee recently passed a bill that creates …

States, Losing $5 Billion Annually to Cigarette Smuggling, Fight Back

States from Florida to Rhode Island and Michigan are increasing their law-enforcement attention on cigarette smuggling, which is costing states billions in annual tax revenues, the Wall Street Journal reported July 20. Some smugglers simply buy cigarettes in low-tax states …

Obama Says His Nicotine Addiction is ’95 Percent Cured’

President Barack Obama told reporters that while he is almost totally over his smoking addiction, quitting remains a constant struggle, the AFP reported June 24. “I would say that I am 95 percent cured. But there are times where I …

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 …

Senate Starts Floor Debate on FDA Tobacco Bill

The U.S. Senate has voted 84-11 in favor of beginning debate on a bill that would give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the power to regulate tobacco products, Reuters reported June 2. Floor debate began Tuesday on the …

Boost Treatment Access to Save Money, Improve Public Safety: Report

A pair of new studies from the Justice Policy Institute (JPI) conclude that states can cut prison costs and improve long-term economic productivity by investing in addiction treatment for offenders and improving parole and probation practices. “There’s no magic formula …

Study Hints at Gene Therapy for Addiction

Researchers successfully reduced the rewarding effects of cocaine by blocking the activity of certain genes in the nucleus accumbens portion of the brain, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Using molecular analysis, researcher Eric Nestler, M.D., Ph.D., …