Tag Archives: Public Policy

Alan Marlatt, Harm-Reduction Pioneer, Dies at 69

The addictions field has lost a pioneer: G. Alan Marlatt, Ph.D., renowned researcher and harm-reduction advocate, died on March 14 at age 69. …

Maker of Four Loko Sued for Fraud Again

Another lawsuit has been filed against Phusion Projects, LLC, maker of Four Loko alcoholic beverages, Crain’s reported March 9. The new lawsuit, which is aiming for class-action status, was filed March 4 in the Southern District Court of California. It …

Proposed Federal Bill Supports Pill Mill Databases

A Florida congressman has introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives intended to curb prescription drug abuse and eliminate pain clinics that illegally dispense narcotic pain medications, even as legislators in his home state fight over a similar …

Most States Have Axed Mental Health Funds, Report Finds

Two out of three states have made deep cuts in general fund spending on mental health care in the past two years, Reuters reported March 9. According to a report released by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), two-thirds …

Maine Could Eliminate Residential Treatment

Budget cuts in Maine may soon force the closure of 10 out of 13 residential treatment centers, the Maine Public Broadcasting Network reported March 9. Maine governor Paul Le Page is proposing to cut $5.6 million from the state’s substance …

N.M. Okays Beer Pong in Bars

New Mexico has ruled that beer pong can be played again in local bars as long as the games don’t involve drinking alcohol or gambling, the Portales News-Tribune reported Feb. 28. “It’s against the law for [liquor] licensees to allow …

Beer Is Alcohol, Russia Finally Says

The Russian parliament has moved to legally classify beer as alcohol for the first time, the Telegraph reported Feb. 23. It is currently classified as food. Part of a new government campaign limiting advertising and night-time sales of other forms …

U.N. Says Designer Drugs a Global Threat

When it comes to controlling the harmful effects of drugs, governments worldwide have a long “to-do” list, according to a watchdog group at the United Nations. The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) has issued its annual report with a number …

More States Favoring Treatment Over Lock-up for Drug Offenses

"For several decades, states have taken a ""nail ’em-and-jail ’em"" approach to drug offenders -- but several states are now rolling back their punitive drug laws and investing in treatment." …

Activities Key to Cutting College Binge Drinking

It may seem like binge drinking is just a fact of college life, but a number of institutions of higher-education are proving otherwise. …