Tag Archives: State Government

’Icing’ Drinking Game Goes Viral; Smirnoff Denies Responsibility

From college campuses across the U.S. to Twitter, Facebook, and blogs, “icing” has become the first viral drinking game of the modern era, the New York Times reported June 8. A modification of “tag” involving alcohol, players “ice” one another …

Talk of Delay for N.J. Medical Marijuana Law Riles Supporters

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recently expressed support for the state’s new medical-marijuana law, but talks with lawmakers over when to put the law into effect have sparked anger among backers of the measure, the Newark Star-Ledger reported June 4. …

49% of Californians Support Legalization: Poll

Just under half of California residents express some level of support for a ballot measure that would legalize marijuana in the state, according to a new poll. The Los Angeles Times reported May 31 that the L.A. Times/USC poll found …

Washington Enacts New Overdose Prevention Law

Tomorrow (June 10) is the effective date of a new law in Washington state that supporters hope will save the lives of overdose victims. The state’s new "911 Good Samaritan Law" provides witnesses to drug overdoses with limited immunity from prosecution if they call for help ?- a policy change that public-health experts say can make drug users more willing to seek aid for overdose victims. …

Laura Nissen to Depart Reclaiming Futures

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Reclaiming Futures project is beginning to transition from the relatively secure world of foundation funding to the more arduous task of seeking multiple sources of support, but will have to find its way without the stewardship of longtime national program director Laura Nissen. Nissen announced on June 7 that she plans to step down in May 2011 once a successor is in place, citing a desire to "concentrate on teaching and research in my role as a faculty member at the School of Social Work at Portland State University." …

U.S. AG Holder Calls Drug Courts ’Top Priority’

Drug courts should be more widely available to offenders, including juveniles, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said during an address at a National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) meeting last week in Boston. The Boston Globe reported June 4 that …

Ohio Senate OKs Guns-in-Bars Bill

The Ohio Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation to allow concealed weapons in establishments that serve alcohol, Vindy.com reported May 29. The new law, if ratified by the House and governor, would allow concealed-carry permit holders to take weapons into bars and …

Mass. Advocacy Training and Leadership Opportunities

Are you concerned about alcohol and other drug use in Massachusetts? If so, there are several opportunities for you to learn and lead this month. Check out the free one-day advocacy and leadership trainings co-sponsored by the Association for Behavioral Healthcare (ABH) and Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery (MOAR). (The Allston training is sold out, but seats for the Pittsfield and Peabody trainings are still available.) …

Join Together News Roundup for June 2, 2010

Here’s a retailer that doesn’t discount public opinion: the owner of TJ Maxx pulled drinking games from store shelves after an inquiry from a Boston reporter ... a Saudi treatment program is looking to the U.S. for a model for improving services in a country where Islam prohibits any use of alcohol or other drugs ... Pink cigarettes, anyone? Tobacco companies are ramping up marketing to women in poor countries as smoking among men declines ... No spitting, smoking or swearing: An upstate New York college is using positive peer pressure to fight bad behaviors. …

TJ Maxx Pulls Drinking Games

An inquiry from a Boston Globe reporter led retailer TJ Maxx to remove a series of drinking games from store shelves, the Globe reported May 30. Reporter Beverly Beckham spotted the games — which require players to drink shots of …