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Join Together News Roundup for July 21, 2010

Treatment admissions for prescription-drug problems have tripled in recent years, SAMHSA reports ... Putting teens in group therapy with heavy users can lead to more youth drug use ... A bid to repeal the state’s new alcohol tax will be the first thing Massachusetts voters will see on the ballot this fall ... "Token clubs" provide a safe haven for sober socializing ... …

Addiction and Mental Health: Words (Still) Matter

SAMHSA administrator Pamela Hyde reopened the long-running discussion on use of addiction and mental health language in an article in the March/April 2010 issue of SAMHSA News, where she asked readers to submit their suggestions and feedback on certain terms commonly used to describe addiction and mental illness. …

’MicroRNA’ Could Someday Be Used to Battle Cocaine Addiction

A new animal study from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) finds that small molecules called microRNA seem to play a role in regulating cocaine use, a discovery that eventually could lead to the development of novel new addiction …

Tailored Meth Treatment Lacking, Experts Say

Methamphetamine users have unique treatment needs but typically receive the same type of therapy as those addicted to other drugs, the San Francisco Chronicle reported July 6. “If someone needs treatment now, they might as well go to any place …

Supreme Court Rejects Appeals by Both Sides in Tobacco Racketeering Case

To use some soccer terminology, this week’s Supreme Court decision on a landmark tobacco racketeering case was a draw. The high court’s refusal to review the case denied the government’s bid to get more money out of the industry, but …

Mass. Bill Would Allow Smoking in New Casinos

A Massachusetts bill authorizing licenses for three casinos in the state includes a provision to allow smoking in up to 25 percent of gaming areas, the Associated Press reported June 23.  “The marketing study has shown without smoking, it would …

D.C. Medical Marijuana Law Attacked in Congress

Congress last year lifted a longstanding ban on use of public money to support medical marijuana in Washington, D.C., but now a pair of Republican lawmakers want to block implementation of the law. The Washington Post reported June 23 that …

Costa Leaving U.N. Drug Agency

The longtime head of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, Antonio Maria Costa, is stepping down in July, and the leading candidate to replace him reportedly is Yuri Fedotov, currently Russia’s ambassador to the U.K. …

Sarah Palin: Marijuana Use Relatively Minimal Problem in Society

Sarah Palin said that she does not support marijuana legalization but seemed to offer some support for decriminalization of the drug. CBS News reported June 17 that during a TV appearance with Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) — who supports legalization …

U.K. Heart Attack Admissions Fall After Smoking Ban

Hospitals in the U.K. admitted about 100 fewer heart-attack victims each month after a ban on indoor smoking went into effect in July 2007, the Times of London reported June 9. Researchers examined data on all adult hospital admissions in …