Tag Archives: Public Policy

U.S. House Committee Passes Cocaine Sentencing Equalization Bill

A bill that would eliminate mandatory five-year federal sentences for minor crack-cocaine possession and remove other sentencing distinctions between the rock and powdered form of the drug has been approved by the House Judiciary Committee, the Hampton Roads Pilot reported …

Greater Controls on TV Drug Ads Sought

Amid a growing epidemic of prescription-drug abuse, some lawmakers are looking to stem the flood of television ads for prescription medications, the New York Times reported July 27. The pharmaceutical industry spends billions of dollars annually advertising their products directly …

Human Rights Watch Calls for Mexico Drug Funding Cutoff

The group Human Rights Watch is accusing the Mexican government of rights violations in its ongoing war against drug cartels and says U.S. antidrug aid should be suspended until the problems are addressed, the Los Angeles Times reported July 14. …

U.S. Considers Paying Off Afghan Poppy Farmers

As additional U.S. forces push deep into southern Afghanistan — where the Taliban is the strongest and the cultivation of opium is the most lucrative — the Obama administration is considering paying local farmers to cease planting poppies, the Associated …

Ban on Needle-Exchange Funding Lifted by U.S. House

Federal money could be used to pay for needle-exchange programs under budget legislation approved this week by the U.S. House of Representatives, the Associated Press reported July 25. The measure would lift a 21-year-old ban on funding needle exchanges, which …

Policymakers Move to Equalize Cocaine Sentences

Support is solidifying in Congress and within the Obama administration to finally equalize the penalties for crimes involving the crack and powdered version of cocaine, the Washington Post reported July 25. A House subcommittee recently passed a bill that creates …

Multiple Sclerosis Accelerated by Smoking, Study Finds

A new Harvard study concludes that smokers with multiple sclerosis (MS) experience more rapid progression of the disease than nonsmokers, Reuters reported July 14. Smokers also were 2.4 times more likely to have a progressive form of MS rather than …

Governor Crist Applauds Comprehensive Drug Control Strategy

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -– Governor Charlie Crist applauded the 2009 strategy to combat substance abuse and addiction as outlined in Florida’s 2009 Drug Control Strategy report. The strategy establishes guidelines for policy recommendations for the administration based on a philosophy that …

Drugs’ Traces in Wastewater Could Be Used to Target Services

Traces of illicit drugs in municipal wastewater could be used to pinpoint consumption hotspots and perhaps target treatment and prevention services more effectively, according to a new study. Researchers in Oregon collected untreated wastewater samples from 96 communities statewide on …

Pentagon Maintains War-Zone Smoking

Despite a recent study commissioned by the Pentagon and the Department of Veterans Affairs suggesting a complete ban on tobacco in the military, Defense Secretary Robert Gates will continue to allow tobacco smoking by troops in combat zones, CNN reported …