Tag Archives: Public Policy

Male Athletes Drink More, Smoke Less, Study Finds

Adolescent males who play team sports are less likely to smoke cigarettes or be depressed but are more likely to drink alcohol and get into fights, whereas sports participation generally reduces risky behavior among girls, Bloomberg reported Nov. 9. Male …

Congress Orders Review of Mandatory Minimums

The U.S. Sentencing Commission has been directed by Congress to conduct a review of mandatory-minimum sentencing and issue recommendations about alternative sentences, the Wall Street Journal reported Nov. 12. A provision in the defense reauthorization bill recently signed into law …

Residents Confront Local Drug Dealers Over Community Impact

Residents in Peoria, Ill., recently got the chance to confront alleged drug dealers about how they are negatively impacting the community, the Peoria Journal Star reported Nov. 4. As part of the Drug Market Intervention program, police and prosecutors reviewed …

CDC Finds Little New Progress in Cutting Smoking

About 20 percent of adults in the U.S. were regular smokers last year, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is concerned that the numbers of adult smokers failed to decline significantly after a decade of near-steady …

Federal Grants Help Transition Homeless Vets to Housing

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) continues to increase federal grants to fund housing for homeless veterans, the Boston Globe reported Nov. 8. The housing programs often provide treatment for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, alcohol and other …

Fatal Overdoses Often Involve Methadone, Washington Study Finds

Methadone was involved in 64 percent of fatal overdoses on prescription opiate drugs in the state of Washington, more than double the rate of overdoses on oxycodone or hydrocodone, according to a new report from state and federal health officials. …

Maker of Stop-Smoking Products Eyed by Reynolds

A firm that makes nicotine gum and other smoking-cessation products could soon become part of the Reynolds American, Inc., tobacco company, the Wall Street Journal reported Nov. 9. Reynolds is discussing the acquisition of the Swedish company Niconovum AB, which …

Special Offer for DVD ’Drugs: True Stories’

Editor’s Note, November 12, 2009:  Due to the overwhelming number of requests, this offer is no longer available. Complimentary copies of the DVD “Drugs: True Stories” are available from Words Can Work®, the producers of the acclaimed DVD Alcohol: True …

$3.7 Million Awarded to Expand ’Reclaiming Futures’

Three more juvenile drug courts will implement the Reclaiming Futures intervention and treatment model thanks to new grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency …

Combine Nicotine Patch, Lozenges to Quit Smoking, Researchers Say

A study comparing five pharmaceutical approaches to quitting smoking found that mixing nicotine patches and lozenges was the most effective, in part because it seemed to best duplicate the highs and lows of nicotine addiction faced by smokers, HealthDay News …