Tag Archives: State Government

DEA Raids Colo. Medical Marijuana Operation Shown on TV

A day after a Colorado resident appeared on local TV to talk about his medical-marijuana operation, his home was raided by federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents, the Denver Post reported Feb. 13. The raid came despite a recent directive …

Study Details Stomach, Esophagus Cancer Risk of Smoking, Drinking

A large Dutch study finds that smoking can vastly increase the risk of two types of stomach cancer and two forms of esophageal cancer, while drinking alcohol can increase the risk of one type of the latter disease, Reuters reported …

Smoking Residue Could Pose Cancer Risk

So-called “third-hand smoke” — nicotine residue that accumulates on clothing, furniture, and other surfaces — can combine with another indoor pollutant to form cancer-causing nitrosamines, according to researchers. The New York Daily News reported Feb. 9 that researcher Lara Gundel …

Nominations Sought for Leading Innovations in Behavioral Healthcare Services

Washington, D.C. — Behavioral healthcare organizations who are leading the way with innovative approaches to management and process improvement have an opportunity to be recognized as leading innovators with the first ever iAward. Sponsored by Washington, D.C.-based State Associations of …

Most Smokers Don’t Need Drugs to Quit, Study Says

Researchers who reviewed 511 previously published studies on smoking cessation found that two-thirds to three-quarters of individuals who quit did so aided only by their own willpower, not nicotine-replacement therapy or other drugs. The Daily Mail reported Feb. 9 that …

Parity Bill Approved by Wisconsin Senate

A bill that would require insurers to cover addiction and mental health services on par with other health conditions has been approved by the Wisconsin Senate, the Wisconsin Radio Network reported Jan. 29. The measure passed 19-13 and moved to …

Chicago Cops Face Random Alcohol Tests

Lieutenants and captains in the Chicago Police Department will be randomly tested for alcohol on the job and also will face alcohol and other drug tests whenever they fire their weapons, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Feb. 9. A new contract …

Study Finds Better Heart Health in Male Drinkers

Male drinkers suffered at least 30 percent fewer heart attacks than non-drinkers, according to a Spanish study that found no such relationship between alcohol consumption and heart health among women. Reuters reported Feb. 4 that researchers studied 15,630 men and …

States Could Raise $9 Billion by Increasing Cigarette Taxes, Group Says

Hiking cigarette taxes by $1 a pack — a move backed by 67 percent of voters — would allow cash-strapped U.S. states to raise more than $9 billion annually, according to a new report by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids …

Cuts to Prop 36 Funding Hurt Calif. Treatment Programs

California lawmakers recently voted to slash funding for addiction treatment offered under the state’s Proposition 36 program, forcing many programs to cut back services or shut down altogether, the Pasadena Star-News reported Feb. 7. Facing a huge budget crisis, California …