Tag Archives: Public Policy

Rent-a-Drug-Dog Service Offered to Parents

Parents who suspect that their kids are using drugs can now rent a retired drug dog from a Chandler, Ariz., woman to help sniff out evidence, the Phoenix New Times reported April 13. Amy Halm and her dog, Dargo — …

Public Smoking Bans Cut Secondhand Smoke Exposure, Heart Attacks, Research Review Finds

Multiple studies have found that fewer workers are exposed to tobacco smoke and that hospital admissions for heart attacks have fallen in communities that have banned indoor smoking, according to a literature review by researcher Cicily Kelleher, M.D., of University …

Drug Czar Challenged to Justify Lopsided Spending on Drug Interdiction, Law Enforcement

The Obama administration’s drug czar went to Capitol Hill this week promising a “new approach” to reducing drug use and its consequences, but the chairman of a House oversight committee and other panelists sharply challenged the Office of National Drug …

NIDA Funds Research on Cocaine Addiction Drug

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has agreed to fund a midstage clinical trial of a cocaine-addiction drug called vigabatrin, produced by Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners, Inc. The Associated Press reported April 13 that NIDA will fund a second series …

Christians ’Just Pray No’

If you are struggling with an addiction and felt particularly uplifted last weekend, it could be because Christians worldwide were praying for your recovery. The Christian Post reported April 10 that the 20th annual “Just Pray NO!” campaign urged believers to …

Progress of Arthritis Slowed by Moderate Drinking, Study Says

Moderate drinking could slow the progress of rheumatoid arthritis over the course of decades — not enough to make an immediate, noticable impact but perhaps beneficial in the long-term, researchers from Switzerland said in a new report. Reuters reported March …

FASD Kids at Higher Risk of Epilepsy, Study Finds

Six percent of children who had Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) later developed epilepsy, compared to a rate of less than one percent in the general population, according to researchers at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Study author James Reynolds …

Medical Marijuana Bill Eases Through Maryland Senate

A medical-marijuana bill has been approved 35-12 in the Maryland Senate, but the state House won’t vote on the measure this year, the Baltimore Sun reported April 11. The Senate vote came too late for the House to consider the …

Bad Kitty? ’Hello Kitty’ Debuts Wine Line in U.S.

The popular Japanese children’s character Hello Kitty is now appearing on a line of branded wines, LA Weekly reported March 25. Marketed in the U.S. by Innovation Spirits, the wines include bottles adorned with Hello Kitty images, hearts, and neck …

Fat Rats Have Addiction-Like Responses to Food

Rats given unlimited access to high-fat foods exhibited addiction-like responses in their brains that could underlie compulsive eating and obesity, researchers say. A new animal study from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that the brain mechanisms involved …