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Most States Have Axed Mental Health Funds, Report Finds

Two out of three states have made deep cuts in general fund spending on mental health care in the past two years, Reuters reported March 9. According to a report released by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), two-thirds …

Federal Anti-Drug Campaign Reduces Teen Marijuana Use

A new study led by a researcher at Ohio State University provides evidence that the federal anti-drug campaign, “Above the Influence,” successfully stops some adolescents from using marijuana, according to a university press release. The study focused on the “Above …

More Employers Saying Smokers Need Not Apply

An increasing number of hospitals and medical businesses are making tobacco use a reason to reject job applicants or fire existing employees, The New York Times reported Feb. 10. Under the new “tobacco-free” hiring policies, applicants can be turned away …

Judge Supports Wal-Mart Firing of Employee Over Medical Marijuana

A federal judge in Michigan has ruled that Wal-Mart was within its rights to fire an employee for using medical marijuana to treat an inoperable brain tumor, The Wall Street Journal’s law blog reported Feb. 11. Judge Robert Jonker ruled …

Lawmakers in Ten States Mull Drug Testing of Public Aid Recipients

Legislators in at least ten states are considering bills that would require adults on various types of public assistance to submit to drug testing. Supporters have said that testing would save money and encourage treatment, while opponents have claimed it would …

Recovery Advocates Call on U.S. Representatives to Join Addiction Caucus

"Faces & Voices of Recovery is organizing recovery and treatment advocates to ask their U.S. Representatives in Congress to join an addiction caucus focused on substance use disorders treatment and recovery." …

Vast Majority of Americans Unaware of Improvements in Mental Health Coverage

"The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, which went into effect in Jan. 2011, mandates that insurance companies provide the same coverage for mental health services as they do for physical health services. Yet, according to a American Psychological Association survey, only 10 percent of Americans have even heard of the law." …

New Dietary Guidelines on Alcohol Keep Daily Drinking Yardstick

"Thanks to comments from public health advocates -- including many of you -- the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans do not suggest a weekly average for alcohol consumption. Consistent with current scientific evidence, the guidelines suggest up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men for moderate consumers. " …

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 …

N.Y. Considers E-Cigarette Ban

Lawmakers in New York have proposed a statewide ban on electronic cigarettes, the Associated Press reported Jan. 25. The bill was introduced by a former smoker, Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan), after she saw e-cigarettes on sale at malls and encountered …