Tag Archives: State Government

Court Says State Law Trumps NFL Drug Program

A federal court has ruled that two Minnesota Vikings players have the right to challenge their NFL-imposed suspensions for violations of the league’s drug policy in state court, a ruling that could have major implications for all drug programs run …

National Gordie Day

Sept. 24 marked National Gordie Day, an event founded by the family of a college student who died of an alcohol overdose and focuses on preventing hazing, peer pressure, and excessive drinking. The Dallas Morning News reported Sept. 22 that …

Immune Response Hindered by Binge Drinking

Add avoiding binge drinking to the list of things you can do to prevent catching the swine flu or other infectious diseases: new research shows that excessive drinking can suppress your immune system for up to 24 hours. The BBC reported …

SAMHSA Warns About Deadly Cocaine Cutting Agent

Cocaine users who unwittingly ingest the drug adulterated with a veterinary anti-parasitic medication called levamisole face the risk of death or serious illness, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) warns. SAMHSA said that about 20 cases of …

Animal Study: Adolescent Drinking Predicts Bad Decisions in Adulthood

Adolescent rats that consume large amounts of alcohol were more likely to make poor decisions as adults, suggesting that youthful drinking could set the stage for more bad decisionmaking later in life, according to researchers. WebMD reported Sept. 21 that …

Cloves, Other Flavored Cigarettes About to Disappear from Store Shelves

U.S. smokers who want flavored cigarettes have only a couple of days to stock up: the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is ordering cloves and other flavored cigarettes pulled from the marketplace by Sept. 22 as it enforces the provisions …

Any Drinking Raises Risk of Traffic Accidents, Researchers Say

Even one or two alcoholic drinks can increase the risk of getting into an automobile accident, even if it’s not technically drunk driving, according to Italian researchers. Reuters reported Sept. 10 that individuals who consumed one or two drinks within …

Another Bloody Attack on a Mexican Treatment Center

Gunmen have attacked another drug-treatment center in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico, gunning down 10 patients and staff members just weeks after a similar incident resulted in 18 deaths. The Associated Press reported Sept. 16 that the latest killings, likely carried out …

Even Churches are Hurting in This Economy

Donor support for faith-based institutions is usually rock-solid, but in the current economic crisis even churches are scrambling to deal with a decline in giving, the Wall Street Journal reported Aug. 11. The Bent Tree Bible Fellowship Church outside of …

Various Reasons Behind Teen Smoking

It’s indisputable that too many teenagers are smoking cigarettes, but what’s less clear is why they do so, a new study indicates. Reuters reported Sept. 11 that researchers from the University of Montreal found that the risk factors for youth …