Tag Archives: State Government

Pelvic Pain Worse Among Pregnant Smokers

Women who smoke during pregnancy are 20 percent more likely to report pelvic pain than nonsmokers, Reuters reported June 18. A study of 5,000 women found that reports of pelvic pain were higher even among women who quit smoking during …

Recovery Schools Help Students Stay Clean

Would you ask an adult in recovery to hang around with his or her drinking buddies every day? Certainly not, yet we ask teens to go back to school after treatment and avoid all their friends who use drugs or alcohol. Recovery Schools are one solution, and are the focus of a national conference next month. …

Researchers: Secondhand Smoke Threatens Millions in Public Housing

Americans who live in public housing are exposed to secondhand smoke from their neighbors, according to researchers who demonstrated how smoke from one apartment unit can infiltrate into others. UPI reported June 19 that researchers Jonathan Winickoff of MassGeneral Hospital …

Experts Struggle to Determine Overdose Deaths

Overdoses from prescription drugs have sometimes led to civil or criminal charges against prescribing physicians, but even toxicologists have problems distinguishing between overdose deaths and fatalities from other causes, Time reported June 16. The result is that the courts, not …

Six-Month Job Swap for CSAP, CMHS Leaders

How interchangeable are federal agency directors? SAMHSA is about to find out: under a rather surprising work-study initiative, the heads of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) and the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) are about to swap jobs. …

Join Together News Roundup for June 22, 2010

Emergency rooms are seeing more overdoses from prescription pain medications than illicit drugs, the CDC reports ... North Carolina officials have canned a plan to name a new arena for Bud Light ... The FDA has the power to regulate nicotine -- and should use it -- a former head of the agency says ... Another addition to the regulatory plate: FDA should classify e-cigarettes as drug-delivery devices, according to the American Medical Association ... …

AMA Says FDA Should Regulate E-Cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes are drug-delivery devices and should be regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the American Medical Association (AMA) says. FDA is currently considering if and how to regulate so-called e-cigarettes, which are sometimes marketed as a …

Mexican President Defends Anti-Drug Efforts, Indicts U.S.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon this week compared the United States to a drug addict as he sought to shore up support for his antidrug efforts at home. “It is as though we have a neighbor next door who is the …

Supreme Court Relaxes Drug Deportation Policy

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against automatic deportation of legal immigrants for minor drug offenses, the New York Times reported June 14.  The unanimous decision resolved longstanding confusion at the state and federal level on how to interpret the term …

Join Together News Roundup for June 17, 2010

Addiction and mental-health advocates have joined forces to press for implementation of national healthcare reform ... Midwest casinos have cut out one of gamblers’ favorite perks: free drinks ... Nearly 400 U.S. colleges have implemented tobacco bans on campuses ... An oral nicotine spray seems to blunt craving quicker than gums or lozenges, a study finds ... …