Tag Archives: Trends

HHS Seeks Comments on Plan to Address Multiple Chronic Health Problems

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has unveiled a draft strategic framework for improving the health of people with multiple co-occurring long-term or chronic health conditions (e.g., health disease, diabetes, other behavioral health disorders) and is soliciting comments on the plan. Comments on the plan from the HHS Interagency Workgroup on Multiple Chronic Conditions can be submitted through June 16. …

Workers of the World, Alight!

In another step in their drive for legitimacy, medical-marijuana workers in Oakland, Calif., have joined a local chapter of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. "Medical cannabis industry workers" at a half-dozen sites -- including the prominent Oaksterdam University -- have voted to join the Retail, Statewide Agriculture, Food Processing and Community Patient Care Union, UFCW Local 5. …

Medical Marijuana Drives Down Prices in California

Wholesale marijuana prices in California have fallen from about $5,000 per pound in the Reagan era to less than $2,000 per pound today due in part to increased competition spurred by the state’s medical-marijuana laws, NPR reported May 15. “Outdoor …

NASADAD Gets New Policy Director

Michelle Durst, a former staffer on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) and more recently the deputy director of government affairs at the American Psychiatric Association, has been named the new Director of Public Policy at the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD). …

Burger King Selling Beer in South Beach

The Whopper Bar in Miami’s South Beach is exactly what it sounds like -- a place where you can get a beer along with your Burger King sandwich. The new fast-food concept opened in February -- it’s the first BK to sell alcohol in the U.S., though a couple of similar outlets are operating overseas. …

Check Your Community’s Treatment Profile

How big a problem is addiction in your community? The latest report won’t provide all the answers, but it will give you a snapshot of treatment admissions -- if you live in one of the 27 communities where data was collected. …

18,000 Fewer Heart Attacks Expected If All States Banned Indoor Smoking

Literally thousands of lives could be saved within one year if all states adopted bans on indoor public smoking — laws still lacking in about a dozen states — according to researcher Mouaz Al-Mallah of Henry Ford Hospital. HealthDay News …

Teens May Be More Sensitive to Dopamine Release, Study Suggests

A small research study indicates that the teenagers may experience the release of the brain’s pleasure-and-reward chemical dopamine more acutely than children or adults, the Australian Associated Press reported May 17. Researchers said the findings could help explain why teens …

Ecstasy Users Suffer Serotonin Transporter Deficit

Current users of ecstasy — those using about two tablets of the drug monthly — had lower levels of serotonin transporter (SERT) in the cerebral cortex of their brains, according to Canadian researchers who successfully replicated a smaller study from …

VA Says Docs Can’t Prescribe Medical Marijuana

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) doctors are forbidden from recommending medical marijuana for patients even in states that allow medical use of the drug, NPR reported May 19. Some evidence suggests that marijuana can relieve the symptoms of Post Traumatic …