Tag Archives: Public Policy

Anti-Nausea Drug Therapy Eases Alcohol Dependence for Some

New research suggests that an anti-nausea drug approved for fighting the effects of chemotherapy may help some alcoholics — particularly those with a certain genetic variation — cut back on their drinking, The L.A. Times reported Jan. 21. Researchers randomized …

Wanted: Students for ’Big Bowl Vote 2011’

" Educators and middle- and high-school students are invited to participate in an informal national survey to measure the impact of alcohol advertising from the Super Bowl." …

FDA Warns Miss. Retailers for Selling Tobacco to Youth

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its first warning letters to retailers for selling tobacco to minors, Reuters reported Jan. 7. The FDA was granted authority over the sales and marketing of tobacco products under the 2009 Family Smoking …

Cocaine Vaccine Shows Promise in Mice

An experimental vaccine tested on mice appears to nullify the effects of cocaine addiction by keeping it from affecting the central nervous system, CNN Health reported Jan. 5. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), about 1.1 million …

Cars Fueled by Four Loko?

Unfit for human consumption, banned cans of high-octane Four Loko are being recycled into ethanol -- and used in gasoline. …

Anti-Smoking Drugs Alter Brain to Curb Cravings, Two Studies Suggest

New research indicates smoking-cessation drugs may work by changing the way our brains react to seeing others smoke, HealthDay News reported Jan. 3. In separate studies, researchers from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of …

FDA to Limit Acetaminophen in Prescription Drugs

To prevent overdoses, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued strict new limits on a common ingredient in prescription painkillers, The New York Times reported Jan. 14.  The FDA has ruled that prescription painkillers may contain only 325 milligrams of …

Study: Acculturation Stress Linked to Substance Use in Latino Teens

Acculturation stress may be part of the reason some Mexican and Mexican-American teens living in the U.S. report high rates of marijuana and alcohol use, Fox News Latino reported Dec. 30. As part of a research project funded by the National Institute …

ER Visits Due to Prescription Drug Abuse Double in Five Years

Federal data shows that prescription drug abuse now sends twice as many people to the emergency room (ER) as it did five years ago — outstripping illegal drugs for the third year in a row, the White House Office of …

Opioid Pain Contracts Can Damage Patient Trust, Bioethics Panel Says

A group of physicians and experts on pain policy have published an article arguing that while opioid treatment contracts between patients and their physicians can be useful, they can be harmful for the patient-physician relationship unless presented in the right …