Tag Archives: Trends

In Some, Genes Elevate Cancer Risk Even with Modest Exposure to Cigarette Smoke

Individuals with a certain genetic predisposition to lung cancer should avoid cigarette smoke altogether or risk developing the disease, researchers say. A new study from the University of Cincinnati (UC) found that smokers with a specific genetic vulnerability had an …

Idaho Cuts Treatment Funding, Eyes Alcohol Tax Increase

Funding for addiction treatment will fall from $30 million in 2010 to $28.7 million in 2011 under a new state budget plan, and state lawmakers are considering raising taxes on beer and wine to help pay for treatment services, the …

Long-Term Smoking Protects Against Parkinson’s, Study Confirms

The latest study to find a link between smoking and lowered risk of Parkinson’s disease says that the protective effect appears to be related to the number of years of smoking, not how many cigarettes a smoker consumes daily, Reuters reported …

Cocaine Deaths Higher on Hotter Days

More people die of cocaine overdoses on hot days, possibly because the drug raises body temperatures, according to researchers. Study author Amy Bohnert of the VA National Serious Mental Illness Treatment Research and Evaluation Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., and …

Nicotine Load Builds to Peak in Cigarette Smokers: Study

Smokers slowly build up nicotine levels to a peak, rather than receiving a burst of the drug in their brain with each drag, according to researchers at the Duke University Medical Center. Vertex News reported March 9 that researchers who …

Cigarette Company Sues Over Display Ban

Seeking to prevent impulse purchases, the government of Norway has prohibited retailers from publicly displaying cigarettes in stores, but tobacco company Philip Morris is going to court in an attempt to overturn the ban. AFP reported March 9 that the ban …

America Honors Recovery Awards: Call for Nominations

Washington, DC –- Faces & Voices of Recovery and Hazelden’s Center for Public Advocacy announced the America Honors Recovery awards to recognize 2010’s most influential recovery community leaders and organizations. Nominations for individuals and organizations may be made until April …

U.N. Paints Bleak Picture of Indigent Addicts’ Life

Poor drug addicts around the world face a host of problems from stigma and imprisonment to lack of treatment, according to the head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The Associated Press reported March 8 that UNODC …

Colleges Confront Misuse of Prescription Drugs

Misuse of prescription drugs is a growing problem on college campuses, where the drugs are used recreationally as well as to aid in studying, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Feb. 15. College prevention programs used to dealing with alcohol and …

Charlie Sheen’s Latest Treatment Stay Termed ’Prehab’

Many people with addictions can’t access rehabilitation services, but if you’re a celebrity like Charlie Sheen you can get treatment even if you don’t currently have a drinking or drug problem, the New York Daily News reported Feb. 26. A …