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Drinkers Can Track BAC with New iPhone App

A new iPhone application helps users keep track of their blood-alcohol content (BAC) and sends warning messages if data indicates the user is “buzzed” or legally intoxicated. The Denver Post reported Dec. 2 that the free R-U-Buzzed? application developed by …

Alcohol Abuse Costs New Mexico $2.5 Billion Annually, Study Says

The economic costs of alcohol abuse in New Mexico topped $2.5 billion in 2006 — not to mention the nearly 1,000 lives lost to alcohol-related diseases, auto crashes, and other consequences – according to the New Mexico Department of Health. Epidemiologist …

Prison Treatment Cuts Could Feed Recidivism in Calif.

An 80-percent reduction in prison addiction-treatment capacity could lead to a proportional increase in recidivism in California, some experts say. The Contra Costa Times reported Nov. 12 that $1.2 billion in budget cuts for state prisons will mean that just …

GlaxoSmithKline to Market Nicotine Vaccine

GlaxoSmithKline will invest up to a half-billion dollars for the right to market a nicotine vaccine being developed by Nabi Biopharmaceuticals, Reuters reported Nov. 16. The pharmaceutical giant inked a deal that gives Nabi $40 million upfront to continue developing …

Experts Worry About Fading Attention to Smoking Threat

The U.S. smoking rate rose in 2008 for the first time in 15 years, and experts worry that the public has become complacent about the public-health threat posed by tobacco use, the Associated Press reported Nov. 13. The U.S. Centers …

U.K. Drug Czar Fired for Saying Illegal Drugs Less Harmful Than Alcohol, Cigarettes

U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown has fired the nation’s ’drug czar’ after David Nutt said that LSD and ecstasy are less dangerous drugs than alcohol or tobacco, the Daily Mail reported Oct. 31. The decision was subjected to withering criticism …

Smoking May Hinder Arthritis Treatment

Several recent studies have found that smoking cigarettes may trigger rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or hinder the treatment of RA, and can lead to negative effects in patients with other rheumatic diseases, Arthritis Today reported Oct. 17. In one study, researchers …

Federal Government Pushes Development of Addiction Vaccines

The federal government wants to leverage interest and investment in vaccine development to get pharmaceutical companies to develop drugs that could “inoculate” people against addiction to cocaine, nicotine, and other substances, Reuters reported Oct. 20. “There is an enormous amount …

Anchorage Forces Treatment on Some Homeless Alcoholics

The city of Anchorage, Alaska is involuntarily checking homeless people into rehab in the wake of more than a dozen deaths due to drinking, exposure and other causes, the New York Times reported Oct. 25. The city Community Service Patrol …

Major U.S. Crackdown on Mexican Drug Cartel

A Mexican drug cartel that recruits members from drug-rehabilitation programs and has religious pretensions was the target of a U.S. law-enforcement sweep that resulted in 303 arrests, the New York Times reported Oct. 23. A series of 19 raids in …