Tag Archives: State Government

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Study Says Alcohol May Protect Against Arthritis

People who abstain from alcohol are at higher risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis than those who drink regularly, and drinkers with arthritis report less-severe symptoms than non-drinkers, a new study finds. Bloomberg reported July 28 that the study from the …

Bill to Cut Penalties for Crack Cocaine Heads to Obama

Mandatory-minimum prison sentences for crack-cocaine would only kick in when defendants possess 28 grams or more of the drug under legislation passed this week by the U.S. House of Representatives, the Wall Street Journal reported July 29. The bill — …

Researchers Say Nicotine Craving May Be More Mental than Physical

Israeli researchers who studied nicotine craving among flight attendants concluded that the desire for a cigarette may have more to do with habit than addiction to nicotine, UPI reported July 19. Study author Reuven Dar of Tel Aviv University and …

New Website Warns Teen Athletes About Drinking

The New Mexico Department of Transportation has teamed up with a state school athletic group to launch an interactive alcohol education website aimed at student athletes - but with a twist on typical teen anti-drinking messages. …

Clergy a Common Resource for People Battling Addiction

About 15 percent of people seeking recovery from alcoholism turn to clergy members for support, a University of Michigan study finds. HealthDay News reported July 21 that a survey of 1,910 individuals with alcohol-related problems found that while many people …

Doctors Not Reporting Impaired Colleagues, Survey Finds

A study from the Harvard Medical School found that 17 percent of doctors knew of drunk, addicted or otherwise incompetent colleagues, but one-third said they did nothing to report fellow physicians’ dangerous behavior, the Associated Press reported July 13. The …

Police Challenged by Crashes Involving Prescription Drugs

Car crashes involving prescription drugs are often harder to detect and prosecute than those involving alcohol or illicit drugs, the New York Times reported July 25. Drunk-driving crashes are declining, but law-enforcement officials say that more people are being charged …

Veterans Dept. Allows Use of Medical Marijuana

Veterans in states with medical-marijuana laws will be allowed to use the drug without losing their access to pain medication under a new policy announced by the federal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The New York Times reported July 23 …

Join Together News Roundup for July 26, 2010

You can lead colleges to evidence-based programs, but you can’t make them adopt measures that stop kids from drinking ... Virginia’s governor wants the state out of the alcohol retail business ... Four big farms could legally supply Oakland’s medical-marijuana users, the city says ... Despite declining smoking rates and ongoing litigation, the tobacco industry continues to pull in big profits ... …