Tag Archives: Trends

Being a Strict Parent Doesn’t Protect Against Youth Drinking, Study Says

Parents who insist on accountability from their kids but lack warmth in their relationships  may be setting themselves up for alcohol-related heartache as they raise their children, the Los Angeles Times reported June 24. Not surprisingly, kids who viewed their …

Britain Mulls Testing Expectant Mothers for Smoking

All pregnant women should be tested for carbon-monoxide levels as part of their pre-natal evaluation, according to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), the United Kingdom’s main body for developing clinical guidelines, the BBC reported June 24.  …

Opiate Addiction Reaches Epidemic Proportions in Afghanistan

At least 2.7 percent of Afghanistan’s adult population is addicted to heroin or opium, according to a study by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Reuters Health reported June 21.  The world’s largest exporter of raw opium …

Join Together News Roundup for June 23, 2010

It’s easy to blame doctors for overdoses, but even toxicologists have a hard time determining when a particular drug causes death ... Proving that even dumb ideas can be evergreen, Sen. Orrin Hatch is calling for drug testing of welfare recipients ... Drug traffickers are using Indian lands on both U.S. borders to smuggle drugs ... Secondhand smoke contaminates entire housing complexes, researchers say ... …

Former FDA Chief Exhorts Agency to Lower Cigarette Nicotine Content

A former commissioner of the FDA urged the agency to use its new tobacco-regulation powers to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes to a sub-addicting level, the Washington Post reported June 17.  David Kessler praised the FDA’s regulatory actions to date …

E-Joints? Company Marketing Marijuana e-Cigarettes

This month’s "Cannabis Cup" in San Francisco featured the unveiling of a product sure to take the debate over e-cigarettes to a new level. Vapor Rush delivers a dose of THC from vaporized marijuana "kief," or powdered resin. Three varieties are offered by the company, based in southern California. "Smoke your green without a lighter, smell, even weed!" the Vapor Rush website boasts. …

Major New Tobacco Rules Take Effect This Week

Restrictions on cigarette branding and new labeling requirements go into effect June 22 — part of the new federal Tobacco Control Act — HealthDay News reported June 17. As of Tuesday, cigarettes may no longer be branded as “light,” “mild,” or …

Treatment Admissions Way Up for Older Americans

The excesses of the Baby Boomer generation are starting to show up at the door of U.S. treatment programs, which saw admissions of patients ages 50 and older almost double between 1992 and 2008. Patients over age 50 comprised 12.2 …

Casinos Curb Comped Cocktails

Free cocktails are fast becoming a thing of the past at gambling casinos across the Midwest, the Associated Press reported June 15.  A new law in Ohio bans comped alcoholic beverages and prohibits the sale of alcohol past 2:30 a.m. …

Nearly One in 10 Montana Parolees Has Medical Marijuana Card

Medical-marijuana cards are carried by 1.25 percent of the general population in Montana but about 9 percent of parolees in the state, the Helena Air reported May 31. The data from the Montana Department of Corrections led deputy Missoula County …