Tag Archives: Trends

Supreme Court Requires Lab Analysts to Testify about Drug-Test Results

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that crime-lab reports can no longer be used against defendants at trial unless the analyst who created the report testifies in court and is available for cross-examination, the New York Times reported June 26. …

Illinois Considers Upping Penalties for High-Potency Marijuana

Legislators in Illinois are considering a bill that would increase penalties for marijuana containing high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the Chicago Sun Times reported June 13. The bill would increase penalties for sale or distribution of marijuana that contains more than …

Cobra Venom Drug Stops Growth of Lung Cancer Cells

A group of Italian investigators has found that an anti-cancer agent called α-CBT — derived from cobra venom — inhibited the growth of lung-cancer cells and increased the survival time of mice infected with human lung cancer, Science Daily reported …

Oregon Poised to Enter the Hemp Business

The Oregon Senate has approved legislation which would allow farmers to cultivate and process hemp, a crop closely related to marijuana, the Oregonian reported June 19. The bill now goes to the state House for consideration. For the measure to be …

College Program Aims to Curb Alcohol-Related Deaths

Red Watch Band, a volunteer program started at Stony Brook University in New York, aims to teach students what to do when someone passes out from binge drinking, USA Today reported June 15. The program was founded after the son of a …

Navy Culture Contributes to Heavy Drinking

Series: Drugs in the Military The young age of recruits, cycles of activity and boredom, and general attitudes about alcohol use are all parts of Navy culture that contribute to heavy drinking among sailors, according to a new study. ScienceDaily reported …

Florida Pain Doctor’s Appeal Denied by State Supreme Court

The Florida Supreme Court recently declined to review the case of Sharon Johnston, a Naples doctor found guilty of criminally dispensing controlled substances, the Naples News reported June 8.   Johnston was arrested in 2007 after three undercover agents from the …

Border Anti-Drug Strategy Outlined

The Obama administration’s 2009 counternarcotics strategy includes high-tech efforts to prevent the flow of drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border and a stepped-up campaign to cut drug demand, the Associated Press reported June 6. Drug czar Gil Kerlikowske, Attorney General Eric Holder …

Tobacco Allies’ Alternative to FDA Bill Rejected

A proposed substitute for the Senate’s tobacco-regulation bill was rejected on a 60-36 vote, and the Senate is now poised to approve the landmark regulatory measure, the Associated Press reported June 10. The alternative bill was offered by two tobacco-state …

Tobacco Industry Has Few Friends Left in Congress

The U.S. tobacco industry, which once had the power to block most federal legislation it did not like, has lost most of its allies on Capitol Hill apart from a handful of lawmakers from traditional tobacco states. The Associated Press …