Tag Archives: Underage

7-Eleven Announces Move to Prevent Underage Purchases of Tobacco, Potential Inhalants

7-Eleven has announced it will launch a new technology that will scan the code on the back of a customer’s driver license or identification card, in a move to prevent minors from purchasing alcohol, tobacco, potential inhalants and lottery tickets. …

Drinking at Work on the Rise in Silicon Valley

Doesn’t having a beer in the afternoon when you’re at work sound pretty cool? Sure it does -- but that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. …

Wealthier Teens More Likely to Drink Alcohol, U.K. Study Finds

Researchers in the U.K have found that teens from more affluent families are more likely to drink than teens in poverty, although having a mother with a higher level of education is a protective factor for teens at any income …

Study Suggests Minorities Smoke Less, But Find Quitting Harder

New research suggests that smoking is less prevalent in communities of color, and, among those who smoke, racial and ethnic “minorities” are more likely to be “light” smokers — but may find it harder to quit, UPI reported Mar. 9. The …

More States Favoring Treatment Over Lock-up for Drug Offenses

"For several decades, states have taken a ""nail ’em-and-jail ’em"" approach to drug offenders -- but several states are now rolling back their punitive drug laws and investing in treatment." …

DEA Ban on ’Synthetic Marijuana’ Takes Effect

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has temporarily banned five chemicals whose effects mimic marijuana, following through on an announcement it made last November, NPR reported March 1. NPR said over 3,000 calls were made to poison control centers “since last …

Gov. Scott Rejects Drug Czar’s Plea for Fla. ’Pill Mill’ Database

Gil Kerlikowske, the White House ’drug czar,’ urged Fla. governor Rick Scott to reinstate a prescription drug-monitoring database he axed in this year’s state budget, The Associated Press reported Feb. 23. The governor refused, even as the Drug Enforcement Administration …

For Consumers and Providers: Parity 101

Whether you are a consumer or a provider, SAMHSA’s Partners for Recovery Initiative can help you grasp the ins and outs of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and the recently released Interim Final Rule. …

Addiction Professionals Say Health Reform May Not Increase Access to Treatment

A 2010 survey of substance abuse treatment providers showed a field that expects continued barriers to patient access despite health care reform, especially as funding sources change, Addiction Professional magazine reported Nov. 1, 2010. The 27-item online survey, which was …

SAMHSA: Behavioral Health an Ever-Smaller Percentage of Total Health Spending

Although national spending on mental health and substance abuse grew between 1986-2005, it accounts for a shrinking part of the part of the pie, according to an analysis of public and private spending on health care done by the Substance …