Tag Archives: Public Policy

Study: Ignition Locks Cut DUI Reoffenses, Crashes

A systematic review of 15 research studies shows that special automobile ignition locks significantly reduce the likelihood that people convicted of driving while drunk will reoffend, Reuters reported Feb. 22. Drivers who have had an ignition interlock installed in their …

Federal Anti-Drug Campaign Reduces Teen Marijuana Use

A new study led by a researcher at Ohio State University provides evidence that the federal anti-drug campaign, “Above the Influence,” successfully stops some adolescents from using marijuana, according to a university press release. The study focused on the “Above …

Over 700,000 Young Teens Drink Alcohol; Most Get It From Home

A new analysis of four years of government data shows that most underage youth get alcohol from home, and about a third were given it by their parents or guardians, according to a Feb. 17 press release from the Substance …

Drug Court Tests Recovery App for Smartphones

"Researchers are pilot-testing a smartphone application in an adult drug court program in Massachusetts to find out if it can help participants be more successful. " …

WHO Says Alcohol an Overlooked Killer, Calls for More Action

Alcohol is “the world’s third largest risk factor for disease and disability,” and is responsible for nearly four percent of deaths worldwide – more than AIDS, violence or tuberculosis — according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Status Report on Alcohol …

Fla. Gov. Slashes ’Pill Mill’ Database

In a move that surprised officials in multiple states, Florida Governor Rick Scott proposed eliminating a long-awaited “pill mill” database designed to combat prescription drug abuse, The Orlando Sentinel reported Feb. 8. A 2009 law passed by the Florida legislature …

Judge Supports Wal-Mart Firing of Employee Over Medical Marijuana

A federal judge in Michigan has ruled that Wal-Mart was within its rights to fire an employee for using medical marijuana to treat an inoperable brain tumor, The Wall Street Journal’s law blog reported Feb. 11. Judge Robert Jonker ruled …

Studies: E-Cigarettes Popular, May Be Effective at Helping Smokers Quit

A new research study from Boston University suggests that electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) may be more effective at helping smokers quit than nicotine patches or gum, TIME magazine reported Feb. 10. The researchers, led by Michael Siegel, M.D., sent surveys to …

Recovery Advocates Call on U.S. Representatives to Join Addiction Caucus

"Faces & Voices of Recovery is organizing recovery and treatment advocates to ask their U.S. Representatives in Congress to join an addiction caucus focused on substance use disorders treatment and recovery." …

Vast Majority of Americans Unaware of Improvements in Mental Health Coverage

"The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, which went into effect in Jan. 2011, mandates that insurance companies provide the same coverage for mental health services as they do for physical health services. Yet, according to a American Psychological Association survey, only 10 percent of Americans have even heard of the law." …