Tag Archives: Public Policy

Supply of Anti-Smoking Drug Runs Out After Japan Raises Cigarette Tax

A Japanese cigarette tax increase intended to get smokers to quit has been so successful that supplies of an anti-smoking drug ran out twelve days after the tax hike, The New York Times reported Jan. 3. The tax, which went …

New Fla. Gov. Shutters State Drug Control Office

A spokesman for Rick Scott, the Florida governor who took office this month, said the governor was closing down the state’s Office of Drug Control, the Miami Herald reported Dec. 22. Scott campaigned on a promise to cut government waste. …

Obama Declares December National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

In declaring December National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, President Obama described drugged driving as a ’growing problem’ and specifically pointed to the danger of driving under the influence of prescription drugs as well as illicit drugs. …

Sweetened High-Alcohol Drinks Still Dangerous, Even Without Caffeine

Caffeine isn’t the only problem with sweetened high-alcohol drinks, writes David L. Rosenbloom, who directs Join Together, in a published editorial in The New York Times. …

Effective Screening: It’s How You Ask

The key to successful substance abuse screening may be changing the way healthcare providers approach patients about it. …

Phoenix House, Vanguard Merge for D.C. Addiction Services

Phoenix House Foundation, a large, multi-state addiction treatment provider, has partnered with Vanguard Services Unlimited, a nearly 50-year-old substance abuse treatment provider based in the Washington D.C. area. The new organization will extend both groups’ reach and will be dubbed "Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic." …

First State to Ban Alcoholic Energy Drinks? Utah

Amid the recent buzz about Four Loko tragedies, the efforts of Pennsylvania, Michigan (and now Oklahoma) regulators have taken center stage. It turns out another state, Utah, had already banned alcoholic energy drinks -- by not permitting distribution of the products in the first place. …

Election 2010 Results: Alcohol Initiatives Mixed, Marijuana Measures Fail

Election night is over, and most of the results are in: it’s a mixed bag for the alcohol and other drug initiatives on state ballots. California’s efforts to legalize marijuana -- a.k.a. Proposition 19 -- fell short with 56 percent of voters rejecting the measure. Initiatives related to medical marijuana in South Dakota and Oregon also failed, while Arizona narrowly approved a medical-marijuana measure. Massachusetts voted to repealed a 6.25 percent alcohol tax, and Washington chose to block at least one measure seeking to privatize liquor distribution. Meanwhile, California approved Prop. 26, possibly negating efforts to require the alcohol industry, among others, to pay for the harm caused by their products. …

Texas Rangers: A Class Act

The S.F. Giants have won the World Series, but the Texas Rangers have won our respect. …

What’s in That Cup? Yup, Starbucks Selling Beer, Wine

To an effort to increase evening traffic, Starbucks will be offering regional beer and wine in some of its stores. …