Tag Archives: State Government

Video PSA Contests for Young Adults: Prevent Substance Abuse, Promote Emotional Well-Being

Know any creative individuals over 18 who would be interested in participating in a video contest to promote alcohol and drug abuse prevention and positive mental health? …

Alcoholism: Is It All in the Genes?

We know alcoholism runs in families -- children with alcoholic parents have quadruple the risk of developing a drinking problem later in life than those without -- but is the link genetic or the result of other influences? …

Teen Problem Drinking Not a Phase, Study Shows

A new study led by a researcher at Indiana University suggests that drinking problems in teens is not “just a phase,” but strongly predicts they will be alcohol dependent in their twenties, CNN Health reported Feb. 15. Researchers assessed the …

Fla. Gov. Slashes ’Pill Mill’ Database

In a move that surprised officials in multiple states, Florida Governor Rick Scott proposed eliminating a long-awaited “pill mill” database designed to combat prescription drug abuse, The Orlando Sentinel reported Feb. 8. A 2009 law passed by the Florida legislature …

NYC Still the ’Marijuana Arrest Capital of the World’

"Nearly 140 people a day were arrested for marijuana possession in New York City in 2010, according to The Drug Policy Alliance, which got its figures from the N.Y. Division of Criminal Justice Services. " …

Study: Marijuana Linked to Early Onset of Psychosis

A new study suggests marijuana may accelerate the onset of psychotic disorders in some young users, Reuters reported Feb. 7. Matthew Large and colleagues at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, along with investigators at two U.S. sites, …

Studies: E-Cigarettes Popular, May Be Effective at Helping Smokers Quit

A new research study from Boston University suggests that electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) may be more effective at helping smokers quit than nicotine patches or gum, TIME magazine reported Feb. 10. The researchers, led by Michael Siegel, M.D., sent surveys to …

Illinois: People of Color More Likely to Face Prison for Drug Crimes

An Illinois commission issued a report concluding that people of color facing low-level drug charges receive harsher and more frequent penalties than whites facing the same charges do, the Associated Press reported Jan. 31. Nearly one in five African-Americans charged …

Big Tobacco Stalls Statements in Federal Lawsuit

As part of an ongoing lawsuit, the U.S. Department of Justice wants tobacco companies to issue public statements written by the department about the dangers of tobacco, but the companies in the suit want to edit them before they are …

SAMHSA: Behavioral Health an Ever-Smaller Percentage of Total Health Spending

Although national spending on mental health and substance abuse grew between 1986-2005, it accounts for a shrinking part of the part of the pie, according to an analysis of public and private spending on health care done by the Substance …