Tag Archives: Trafficking

Report Disputes DEA on Cocaine Price Rise

Cocaine prices have steadily declined over the long-term, according to a report from the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) that disputes recent assertions from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) about the impact of a reported rise in the …

Concern in Wisconsin over Suboxone-Related Deaths

The recent Suboxone-related deaths of two Milwaukee-area residents has drawn negative attention to federal rules that allow patients to use the buprenorphine-based drug at home, the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reported April 2. Some local officials blame wider availability of the …

NYC Unveils More Hard-Hitting Stop-Smoking Ads

New ads from the New York City Department of Health try to convince smokers to quit for the sake of their children. But some observers say the ads — which feature a crying child lost in a train station — …

Smokers Who Quit Early in Pregnancy Lower Risk of Premature Birth

New research suggests that women who stop smoking before their 15th week of pregnancy reduce their risk of giving birth prematurely and delivering small babies — providing a window for doctors to counsel women in early pregnancy to quit before …

Former Tobacco Lobbyist Among Governors Raising Tobacco Taxes

States are in such deep economic trouble that even Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a former lobbyist for the tobacco industry, is going along with a plan to raise the state’s tobacco tax, the New York Times reported March 21. While Barbour …

Sour Outlook for California ’Alcopops’ Tax

Beverage makers are ignoring California’s new law taxing sweet ’alcopop’ drinks as liquor — saying the tax doesn’t apply to their products — and the state has been stymied in its attempts to get information on alcopop ingredients, the Los …

Mexican Drug Lord Makes Forbes’ Billionaire List

Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera made Forbes magazine’s “self-made” billionaires list, sparking outrage in Mexico, CNN reported March 14. The magazine ranked Guzman Loera, a wanted criminal in Mexico, at number 701 on their annual list; his …

CDC Report Ties State Effort to Smoking Rates

States’ efforts to fight smoking have been uneven, which may explain why smoking rates in some states have declined twice as fast as in others, HealthDay News reported March 12. A new report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and …

Fears of Cartel Alliance Mount in Mexico

At least two of Mexico’s three leading drug cartels may be negotiating a truce as they try to fend off a government crackdown, Fox News reported March 12. Experts say the Sinaloa and Gulf cartels may be seeking an alliance …

Study: Patients in Smoking Cessation Program Had Fewer Post-Op Complications

Patients who participated in an eight-week smoking cessation program stayed smoke-free one year after surgery and suffered half as many post-operative complications, according to new research from Sweden. Science Daily reported March 12 that researchers at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute studied …