Tag Archives: Public Policy

Join Together News Roundup for June 1, 2010

Cutting out the middleman: A new study says that heroin addicts who don’t respond to methadone can benefit from heroin maintenance ... Highly pure heroin from Mexico is causing more overdoses in the U.S. ... An energy drink called "Four Loko" has 12 percent alcohol ... Some doctors won’t perform elective surgery on smokers, citing liability concerns and risk of complications. …

Join Together News Roundup for May 28, 2010

Keep an eye on those coolers this weekend: youth ER visits related to drinking spike over the Memorial Day holiday, SAMHSA reports ... Treatment services continue to get gutted by California’s fiscal crisis: first prison-based programs, and now methadone maintenance funded by MediCal face the budget axe ... …

Public Smoking Ban Linked to Lower Arizona Hospital Admissions

One year out from a statewide public-smoking ban, hospital admissions for asthma, stroke, heart attacks, and angina fell sharply in Arizona, the Arizona Daily Star reported May 20. University of Arizona researchers analyzed data from all 87 of the state’s …

Guns-in-Bars Bill Vetoed in Tennessee

Saying that “guns and alcohol don’t mix,” Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen has vetoed a measure that would have allowed individuals with concealed-carry permits to bring their weapons into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol, USA Today reported May 18. The …

Join Together News Roundup for May 19, 2010

One of Congress’ big backers of tough drug penalties is out of a job thanks to a classic Capitol Hill sex scandal ... Doctors should be screening all kids for signs of alcohol use, according to the American Academy of Pediatricians ... …

Analysts Say FDA Menthol Probe Threatens Tobacco Profits

Investment advisors are worried that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) review of menthol cigarettes could pose a serious risk to cigarette companies that sell the flavored smokes, the Associated Press reported May 14. Fitch Ratings said companies like …

Liquor Wholesalers, Allies in Congress Want to Ban Wine Shipments

The threat of underage drinking and overconsumption of alcohol are among the reasons cited by backers of a bill in Congress that would ban direct shipments of wine to consumers, the Associated Press reported May 14. Skeptics said the real …

Tobacco Ties Sink Gates Grant

A Canadian research center lost a major grant for a tobacco-control program in Africa after foundation officials learned that the group’s board chair had ties to the tobacco industry, the New York Times reported April 12. The Bill and Melinda …

’Crazy Heart’ Honored for Depiction of Addiction

The Oscar-nominated film “Crazy Heart,” which features Jeff Bridges as an alcoholic country singer, was honored in the annual Prism Awards for its accurate portrayal of the disease of addiction, the Hollywood Reporter reported April 22. Bridges and costar Maggie …

Study Finds Low Hepatitis C Rates in Methadone Maintenance Participants

Researchers at an Israeli clinic offering methadone maintenance treatment have found that the treatment for opiate addiction appears to protect individuals against subsequent hepatitis C infection, Medscape Psychiatry reported April 19. Presenting their findings at this month’s American Society of …