Tag Archives: Public Policy

Sam Adams’ Utopias is Strongest Beer in U.S.

The limited-batch beer Utopias by Sam Adams has been acknowledged as the most potent brew in the U.S., with a 27-percent alcohol content by volume, the Associated Press reported Nov. 30. At $150 per bottle, however, don’t expect Utopias to …

Ban on Fortified Wine, Strong Beer Improves Life in Tacoma Neighborhood

Residents of Tacoma, Wash.’s South End and East Side say that their quality of life has improved since sales of cheap, high-alcohol wine and beer were banned in October 2008, the Tacoma News Tribune reported Dec. 1. The area was …

Rent-A-Center Helps Furnish N.Y. Addiction Program

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is moving into its new headquarters in style thanks to $6,000 in donated furniture and electronics provided by Suffolk County Rent-A-Center stores. LICADD’s new Ronkonkoma offices were furnished in part through …

SAMHSA Helps Treatment Programs Address Clients’ Suicidal Thoughts, Behaviors

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a new Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP 50) aimed at helping treatment programs address clients’ suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Suicide is a leading cause of death among people who abuse alcohol …

Alcohol Abuse Costs New Mexico $2.5 Billion Annually, Study Says

The economic costs of alcohol abuse in New Mexico topped $2.5 billion in 2006 — not to mention the nearly 1,000 lives lost to alcohol-related diseases, auto crashes, and other consequences – according to the New Mexico Department of Health. Epidemiologist …

Poll Finds Bleaker Outlook on Life Among Smokers

Smokers often cite a sense of contentment and relaxation as reasons for continuing to light up, but a new Gallup Poll suggests that such happy feelings are the exception for many. The Gallup-Healthways Life Evaluation Index, which asked smokers and …

Study: Moderate Drinking Doesn’t Sharpen Thinking Skills

Having a drink or two a day may not help maintain a sharp mind as people age, according to a new report. Reuters reported Nov. 16 that researchers from University College London studied the alcohol use; social, economic and physical conditions; and …

Targeted Mass. Stop-Smoking Campaign Gets Dramatic Results Among Poor

Smoking rates have declined 26 percent among low-income Massachusetts residents who were offered free smoking-cessation treatment by the state, the Boston Globe reported Nov. 18. The program, sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, targeted enrollees in MassHealth, the …

Support for Health Care Providers who Prescribe Methadone

A new service for health care providers prescribing methadone to treat chronic pain or opioid addiction — the Physician Clinical Support System (PCCS-M) — has launched with a mechanism to connect prescribers of methadone with experienced clinicians for one-to-one mentoring regarding …

Mich. Employers Confused by New Medical Marijuana Law

Employers in Detroit, Mich., are struggling to make sense of the state’s new medical-marijuana law, the Chicago Tribune reported Nov. 9. The law, which took effect in April, draws distinctions between whether someone “smokes” or “ingests” marijuana, and also has …