Tag Archives: State Government

Drug Czar Issues ’Bath Salts’ Warning

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) issued a nationwide warning about the dangers of legal synthetic drugs often marketed as bath salts while various states moved to ban them, the Associated Press (AP) reported Feb. 2. …

Longevity Gender Gap in Europe Largely Due to Smoking

A recent review of mortality data from 30 European countries found smoking to be the prime reason women are outliving men, the Los Angeles Times reported Jan. 18. Researchers led by Gerry McCartney, head of the Public Health Observatory for the …

Improved Health Care Coordination for Military Families

"Improving the ""well-being and psychological health"" of military families got top billing when The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced via email its participation in a new federal effort to provide better support to American service personnel and their loved ones. " …

New Performance Measures to Spread Use of Medications for Opioid, Alcohol Abuse

New performance measures have been released for monitoring the use of medications designed to help patients end their dependence on opioids and alcohol, according to a Jan. 24 press release from The Washington Circle, a policy group focused on improving …

Caffeine Doesn’t Reduce Alcohol Impairment, Study Finds

Despite contrary marketing claims, high-caffeineated beverages have little or no effect on the neuromotor impairment caused by alcohol, BU Today reported Jan. 19. To measure the effects of caffeine and alcohol on motor skills, investigators from the Boston University (BU) …

Teens Who See Tobacco Ads More Likely to Smoke

New research corroborates that teens exposed to tobacco ads are more likely to smoke, and are not simply more susceptible to advertising, Reuters Health reported Jan. 18. According to the study abstract, researchers surveyed 2,101 teens between 10 and 17 …

Maryland Lawmakers Consider Dime-a-Drink Alcohol Tax

Maryland may raise alcohol taxes for the first time since 1972 by a dime a drink, Delmarvanow.com reported Jan. 14. Maryland last raised its tax on beer and wine in 1972, and its tax on spirits 54 years ago, in …

CADCA’s 2011 National Leadership Forum to Feature Kerlikowske and Koh

Coalitions Moving Forward: Mapping the Future Washington, D.C. – Nearly 3,000 substance abuse prevention and treatment specialists from throughout the country will convene in the Washington, D.C. area for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s (CADCA) 21st annual National Leadership Forum, …

Possible FDA Ban on Menthol Cigarettes Haunts Brand Leader

Lorillard, Inc., the third-largest tobacco maker in the U.S., is fighting to stop the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from banning menthol in cigarettes, The Wall Street Journal reported Jan. 5. Menthol cigarettes make up about 30 percent of industry …

Survey: Dramatic Decline in Teen Exposure to Anti-Drug Messages

New York, NY – The University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future study (MTF) — the largest survey on teen drug abuse tracking over 46,000 8th, 10th and 12th graders – found a huge falloff in teens’ recalled exposure to drug abuse prevention …