Tag Archives: Secondhand Smoke

Annual Smoking Death Toll Tops 5 Million Worldwide

The World Health Organization (WHO) says that at least five million people die from smoking each year, along with another 600,000 who die from secondhand-smoke exposure, the Associated Press reported Dec. 9. The WHO said that 95 percent of the …

NORML-Affiliated Cannabis Cafe Opens in Oregon

Portland, Ore.’s new Cannabis Cafe serves food and medical marijuana to members of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) who hold state-issued medical-marijuana cards. Reuters reported Nov. 14 that members pay a $25 monthly fee to …

Aerosmith Singer Booked for Treatment Benefit Gig

Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler has agreed to do a solo benefit performance on Jan. 23 in Concord, N.H., to benefit addiction treatment and child-abuse prevention programs, the Concord Monitor reported Oct. 27. Tyler, who has struggled with addiction issues but …

More States Considering Prescription Laws to Battle Meth

The state of Oregon requires a prescription to purchase certain formerly over-the-counter medications that can be used to make methamphetamine, and now other states are considering similar laws, the Wall Street Journal reported Oct. 21. The 2005 Oregon law applies …

Grants Fund Addiction and HIV/AIDS Prevention

Five community-based programs that seek to prevent addiction and HIV/AIDS in at-risk, traditionally underserved populations have been awarded a total of $8.2 million in grants by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The grants, awarded for up …

Doctors Say Opiate Painkillers Too Risky for Arthritis Patients

Powerful opiate-based painkillers carry too many risks to be used to treat arthritis pain, researchers are warning patients. Reuters reported Oct. 7 that researcher Eveline Nuensch of the University of Bern in Switzerland and colleagues compared opiate-based drugs to a …

Smoking Cessation Cuts Healthcare Costs, Study Says

The National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH) has cited smoking-prevention programs as one of the most cost-effective ways for employers to cut their healthcare costs. The NBCH’s eValue8 healthcare performance-evaluation tool found that 80 percent of health plans “are adopting …

Bounce Beer Pong to Prevent Flu, School Says

College students should stop playing beer pong and sharing drink cups in order to prevent the spread of the H1N1 (swine) flu this fall, a New York school advises. The Associated Press reported Oct. 13 that health officials at Rensselaer …

Residential Treatment Programs for Women Receive $14.7 Million in Grants

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded $14.7 million in grants under its Residential Treatment of Pregnant and Postpartum Women (PPW) with Substance Abuse Problems program. The three-year grants will support residential addiction treatment programs for …

SAMHSA Funds Training in Brief Intervention

Six cooperative agreements totaling $11 million have been inked between the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and medical schools to train medical residents on screening, brief intervention and treatment (SBIRT) for addiction disorders. The five-year SBIRT Medical …