Tag Archives: Trends

Join Together News Roundup for June 7, 2010

The ’pharming party’ may or may not be a myth, but it’s certain that high-school students are taking a lot of prescription drugs -- often without a prescription ... Drug courts are a ’top priority’ for the Justice Department, AG Holder says ... People with addictions and mental illness are big smokers, but a new study sees tax hikes as a way to get them to quit ... Big Tobacco and friends want the courts to block NYC from posting graphic antismoking warnings in stores, saying that consumers could be turned off. Isn’t that sort of the idea? …

Misuse of Prescription Drugs Common Among H.S. Students

Twenty percent of U.S. high-school students say they have taken prescription drugs without consulting a doctor, including one in four high-school seniors, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The biennial Youth …

Cigarette Taxes Cut Smoking Among People with Addictions, Mental Illness

People with mental-health problems and addictions seem to be especially sensitive to cigarette tax increases, with a 10-percent price hike translating into an 18-percent reduction in smoking, HealthDay News reported June 6. The price-related reduction in smoking was observed among …

Type 2 Diabetes Risk Lower Among Moderate Drinkers

A study of 35,000 20- to 70-year-olds in the Netherlands found that moderate alcohol consumption — in conjunction with a variety of healthy lifestyle choices — was associated with a 40-percent reduction in risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Reuters …

Medical Marijuana Question Will Appear on Arizona Ballot

A measure that would ask Arizona voters to legalize medical use of marijuana this week become the first initiative to qualify for the November 2010 ballot, the Arizona Republic reported June 2. The Arizona Secretary of State’s office validated the …

Risk-Taking Rises When Youth Reach Legal Drinking Age, Study Finds

College students are more likely to drink and drive after they reach the legal drinking age of 21, according to researchers from the University of Maryland School of Public Health. The Los Angeles Times reported May 31 that researchers followed …

Thank TJ Maxx For Doing the Right Thing

As we report in the news today, the parent company of retailer TJ Maxx acted swiftly to remove a series of drinking games from stores shelves after a Boston Globe reporter spotted the games and contacted the company asking why games titled "Drink Like a Fish" and "Drink Til You Drop" were on display next to graduation gifts. …

Naming Blight in North Carolina

Anheuser-Busch and a local beer wholesaler are seeking a deal to name a new performing-arts center in Raleigh, N.C., the Bud Light Amphitheater. City officials said the $300,000 in annual fees for the naming rights would cover most of the facility’s operating expenses, but the city’s Substance Abuse Advisory Commission says the deal would send the wrong message to kids. …

Female Tobacco Use Rising as Tobacco Firms Target Females, Says WHO

A World Health Organization (WHO) survey released in advance of World No Tobacco Day found that the percentage of female smokers worldwide is on the rise, thanks to aggressive campaigns linking tobacco to fashion, sports, and entertainment, Reuters reported May …

Heroin Maintenance Can Help Hardcore Addicts, Study Finds

Heroin addicts who can’t quit using and don’t respond to methadone treatment can be helped by maintenance doses of heroin, according to a study conducted by researchers at King’s College London. Reuters reported May 28 that heroin maintenance, while obviously …