Tag Archives: Trends

Raves a Hotbed for Ecstasy Overdoses, Says CDC

Ecstasy overdoses cluster around “raves” — all-night dance parties where the drug is prevalent — and use of the drug is on the rise, USA Today reported June 12. The findings come from a new report by the U.S. Centers …

Study Says Teens Should Avoid Alcohol, Smoking to Prevent Headaches

Teens who drank a lot of alcoholic beverages and coffee, smoked, and got little exercise were more likely to suffer from migrane and tension headaches, according to German researchers. EScienceNews reported June 6 that headaches are among the most common …

Juiced Marijuana Offered to Medical Users as Alternative to Smoking

A California physician is offering his medical-marijuana patients a liquefied version of the drug that he says won’t produce much of a buzz but does contain chemicals helpful in treating a variety of illnesses, the Washington Post reported June 1. …

What’s the Drinking Age, Again?

Is there really a teenager in America who is not aware of the fact that 21 is the legal drinking age? I ask because it seems like every so-called underage-drinking prevention campaign involving the alcohol industry is some variation on the theme of, "Hey kids, remember, if you’re not 21, you can’t drink." You know, the kind of message that’s always effective with kids -- telling them they’re not old enough to do something. …

Colo. Governor Signs Bills to Control Medical Marijuana

A pair of bills intended to more closely regulate medical marijuana in Colorado has has been signed into law by Gov. Bill Ritter, the Associated Press reported June 7. Under the new law, physicians in good standing can recommend medical …

Smokefree Laws Protect Kids from Exposure

Children living in communities that ban smoking in indoor public places are 39 percent less likely to have chemical biomarkers indicating exposure to tobacco smoke, according to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health. Researchers led by Melanie Dove …

Ethics Group Challenges FDA Tobacco Panel Members

Two panelists on a new federal advisory committee on tobacco product safety should be removed, according to a complaint by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics. The New York Times reported June 7 that that group argues that …

Talk of Delay for N.J. Medical Marijuana Law Riles Supporters

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recently expressed support for the state’s new medical-marijuana law, but talks with lawmakers over when to put the law into effect have sparked anger among backers of the measure, the Newark Star-Ledger reported June 4. …

Industry Dodges $250 Million in Taxes on Loose Tobacco

Rebranding loose cigarette tobacco as pipe tobacco allowed manufacturers to avoid an estimated $250 million in federal taxes last year, the Associated Press reported June 5. A loophole in the children’s health insurance bill passed last year allowed tobacco companies …

Study Cites Cost Benefit of Counseling Plus Drugs to Treat Alcohol Problems

Combining behavioral interventions with acamprosate and naltrexone therapy for alcohol-dependent patients saved an estimated $3,800 per patient in societal costs compared to providing medical management alone, according to researchers who evaluated data from the COMBINE study. The researchers also found …