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Rep. Delahunt Seeks Support to Fight Opiate Addiction in Mass.

Referring to cases of prescription opiate addiction in his home state of Massachusetts as “an epidemic,” U.S. Rep. William Delahunt (D-Ma.) this month brought together members of affected groups to brainstorm about ways Washington could help the state achieve solutions. …

Death Toll from Mexican Drug War Exceeds Prior Reports

Recent reports based on confidential government data indicate that deaths resulting from the Mexican government’s three-year attack against drug cartels far exceed previously cited estimates. The death toll from the soaring violence exceeds 22,000, well more than the figure of …

Prison Drug Treatment Programs Falling to Budget Axe

Budget crises are leading prisons nationwide to eliminate addiction treatment programs, according to the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) and other experts. The Associated Press reported April 15 that Texas, Kansas, Iowa and Pennsylvania are among the states where prison …

R.J. Reynolds Settles Canadian Cigarette Smuggling Case, to Pay $324 Million

Tobacco company R.J. Reynolds has agreed to pay the Canadian government about $324 million to settle a long-running case involving cigarette smuggling, the Bloomberg reported April 13. Reynolds, which makes Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes, agreed to settle a civil …

$1-Per-Pack Tobacco Tax Increase OK’d in Washington

The state Senate in Washington has approved a cigarette tax increase of $1 per pack, sending the measure one step closer to the governor’s desk, the Seattle Post Intelligencer reported April 12. The Senate passed House Bill 2493 by a …

Mechanisms of Drug Abuse and Obesity Linked in Lab Rats

Lab rats that consumed high-fat foods showed neurological responses similar to patterns of addiction in human cocaine and heroin users, a study by the Scripps Research Institute found.  Groups of male rats were given access to high-fat foods over a …

Research Revived on Using Hallucinogens to Treat Mental Illness, Addiction

As memories of Woodstock-era acid trips fade from memory, researchers are revisiting hallucinogenic drugs as possible treatments for addiction and mental illness, the New York Times reported April 12. Researchers at Johns Hopkins, for example, are studying whether psilocybin, the …

State Can Ban Alcohol Ads in College Newspapers, Court Rules

The state of Virginia’s alcohol regulatory board was within its rights to ban college newspapers from running alcohol-related advertising, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled. Inside Higher Ed reported April 12 that the court ruled …

FASD Kids at Higher Risk of Epilepsy, Study Finds

Six percent of children who had Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) later developed epilepsy, compared to a rate of less than one percent in the general population, according to researchers at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Study author James Reynolds …

Medical Marijuana Bill Eases Through Maryland Senate

A medical-marijuana bill has been approved 35-12 in the Maryland Senate, but the state House won’t vote on the measure this year, the Baltimore Sun reported April 11. The Senate vote came too late for the House to consider the …