Tag Archives: Public Policy

Illinois: People of Color More Likely to Face Prison for Drug Crimes

An Illinois commission issued a report concluding that people of color facing low-level drug charges receive harsher and more frequent penalties than whites facing the same charges do, the Associated Press reported Jan. 31. Nearly one in five African-Americans charged …

Big Tobacco Stalls Statements in Federal Lawsuit

As part of an ongoing lawsuit, the U.S. Department of Justice wants tobacco companies to issue public statements written by the department about the dangers of tobacco, but the companies in the suit want to edit them before they are …

NYC Bans Smoking in Parks, on Beaches

The New York City Council approved a measure that prohibits smoking in city parks and on public beaches, The New York Times reported Feb. 2. After arguments pitting personal liberty against public health, council members overwhelmingly approved the measure 36-12, …

Study Links Private Alcohol Sales to More Deaths

A study led by a researcher at the University of Victoria in British Columbia found a strong correlation between an increase in private liquor stores and alcohol-related deaths, Reuters reported Jan. 31. The study was conducted in British Columbia between …

Arrest of Columbia Univ. Students Will Test N.Y.’s Reformed Rockefeller Laws

The December arrest and prosecution of five students at Columbia University for drug-dealing will put recent changes to the state’s tough drug laws to the test, the Associated Press reported Jan. 30. All of the students have pleaded not guilty, …

New Performance Measures to Spread Use of Medications for Opioid, Alcohol Abuse

New performance measures have been released for monitoring the use of medications designed to help patients end their dependence on opioids and alcohol, according to a Jan. 24 press release from The Washington Circle, a policy group focused on improving …

Obama Advocates Curbing Demand to Fight Drug Abuse

In a show hosted on YouTube, President Barack Obama said he saw drug abuse as a public health problem and that it should be treated as one, though he does not favor legalization, Reuters reported Jan. 27 Obama told an …

$9.35 Million in Drug Free Communities Support Grants Available

Community coalitions ’working to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth’ may be eligible to apply for competitive grants from The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). …

N.Y. Considers E-Cigarette Ban

Lawmakers in New York have proposed a statewide ban on electronic cigarettes, the Associated Press reported Jan. 25. The bill was introduced by a former smoker, Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan), after she saw e-cigarettes on sale at malls and encountered …

FDA Loses Second Court Battle over E-Cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has lost another round in its battle to regulate electronic cigarettes as drug-delivery devices rather than as tobacco products, The Wall Street Journal reported Jan. 24. E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that heat cartridges of …