Tag Archives: Perinatal

Huge Salaries for L.A. Treatment Executives Challenged

Tarzana Treatment Centers, an L.A.-based nonprofit drug-treatment program that receives millions in annual government contracts to provide services, is raising eyebrows because of its top executives’ generous salaries, compensation packages and business arrangements, the Los Angeles Times reported on June 11. …

Mexican Legislature Votes for Drug Decriminalization

President Felipe Calderon is expected to approve legislation passed by the Mexican Congress that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and other drugs, the Los Angeles Times reported June 21. Users caught with five grams of marijuana …

California Board Rules Marijuana Smoke a Carcinogen

A California state board called marijuana smoke a health hazard and has added it to the state’s list of environmental hazards, placing the drug alongside other carcinogens like arsenic, asbestos, and DDT, the San Jose Mercury News reported June 19. Scientists …

Florida Pain Doctor’s Appeal Denied by State Supreme Court

The Florida Supreme Court recently declined to review the case of Sharon Johnston, a Naples doctor found guilty of criminally dispensing controlled substances, the Naples News reported June 8.   Johnston was arrested in 2007 after three undercover agents from the …

Jury Orders RJR to Pay $30 Million to Widow of Florida Smoker

Cigarette maker R.J. Reynolds has been ordered to pay $30 million to the widow of a Florida man who died from lung cancer, another in a string of verdicts against the tobacco industry, Consumer Affairs reported June 2. The Benny …

State Budget Cuts Burn Tobacco Prevention Programs

State smoking-prevention programs are being slashed or even shut down as states grapple with massive budget deficits, the Associated Press reported May 27. In Vermont, for example, state lawmakers are cutting $1.9 million from antismoking efforts, while Washington state legislators …

California Considers Cigarette Tax Increase

Despite 14 failed attempts over the years, California lawmakers are again considering a proposal to raise tobacco taxes, weighing an increase of $1.50 per pack as part of an effort to address the $21.3-billion state budget deficit, the Los Angeles …

Opponents Line Up to Fight Federal Tax Plan for Healthcare Reform

Special-interest groups from labor unions to the alcohol industry are sending in lobbyists to fight plans to raise federal taxes to pay for national healthcare reform, the New York Times reported May 20. The Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. …

Study: Alcohol Counseling Reduces Episodes of Acute Pancreatitis

A study from Finland concludes that repeated motivational counseling sessions following hospitalization for alcohol-associated pancreatitis are more effective in preventing further episodes than a single session delivered at discharge, Reuters reported March 26. Researchers assigned 120 patients who had suffered …

’Winston Man’ Alan Landers Dies After Battle with Cancer

Alan Landers – best known as the face of Winston cigarettes – passed away at the age of 68 after a long struggle with throat cancer, the Associated Press reported Mar. 4. Landers, whose legal name was Allan Levine, posed for Winston …