Tag Archives: Trafficking

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 …

Join Together News Roundup for July 28, 2010

Impaired driving by people using legal prescription drugs is hard to detect and prosecute, experts say ... Most doctors say they don’t report colleagues they know are impaired by alcohol or other drugs ... A U.S. ban on sales of clove cigarettes could be undone by international trade agreements ... …

Join Together News Roundup for July 27, 2010

An FDA advisory panel says doctors should be required to get training on misuse of prescription drugs and rejected a plan that called for voluntary training ... The VA is now allowing veterans to use medical marijuana in states where it is legal ... Moonshine is cheap and cool again, explaining why producing illegal booze is more popular during the recession ... …

Virginia Governor Leads Drive for Privatization of Liquor Distribution

Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell has spent months quietly trying to build consensus around a plan to shutter state liquor stores established after Prohibition and return the distribution of alcohol to private wholesalers and retailers, the Washington Post reported July 18. …

Is Obesity Overtaking Tobacco Use as Top Threat to Kids in Public Mind?

Youth smoking had a good run as a top-of-mind issue among U.S. parents and preventionists -- 30 years or more, by some estimates -- but now seems to have taken a back seat to childhood obesity in the national consciousness. …

Group Drug Therapy Can Be Counterproductive for Teens

Group addiction treatment can actually lead to more drug use by teens if they are casual users placed in sessions with more experienced addicts, Time magazine reported July 16. “Just putting kids in group therapy actually promotes greater drug use,” …

Join Together News Roundup for July 20, 2010

The U.S. Patent Office has pulled back from trademarking medical-marijuana related products ... Statistically, solders at Fort Bliss, Texas are more at risk at home than on the battlefield ... Americans are drinking more at home and less at bars and restaurants ... "One-pot" recipe for methamphetamine is fueling a comeback for meth labs in Oklahoma ... …

Addiction, Mental Illness Lead to Millions of ER Visits

Patients with addiction or mental-health related problems accounted for 12.5 percent of all hospital emergency-room visits by adults in 2007, according to a report from the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The Los Angeles Times reported July 9 …

Join Together News Roundup for July 12, 2010

Progress in the war on teen smoking has slowed to a crawl, and the government will miss a key target for smoking cessation, a CDC report says ... The head of California’s NAACP chapter is under fire for supporting a marijuana legalization ballot initiative ... San Francisco has drawn up the first regulations on marijuana-infused foods ... Alcoholic energy drinks are being marketed to kids, Sen. Charles Schumer says ... …