Tag Archives: Underage

Truck Crashes Way Down Since Alcohol Testing Began

There have been 23-percent fewer alcohol-related truck crashes per mile in the U.S. since commercial truck drivers were required to submit to alcohol testing beginning in 1995, Reuters reported Oct. 1. In fact, the rate of alcohol-related crashes resulting in …

DEA Letter Sparks Fears About Intimidation of Buprenorphine Docs

A recent letter from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to doctors certified to prescribe buprenorphine sparked concerns about intimidation and a perceived attempt to suppress the number of physicians prescribing the anti-opiate medication — an impression that the Obama administration …

Military Families Targeted by New Prevention Campaign

A trio of organizations is sponsoring a new campaign intended to prevent alcohol and other drug abuse among the children of military families, the Associated Press reported Sept. 30. The Time to Talk online educational campaign hopes to encourage military …

Health Risks for Child Tobacco Farmers

Children as young as five years old are working on tobacco farms and being exposed to toxic levels of nicotine, CNN reported Sept. 25. A new report from the charity Plan International found that hundreds of thousands of children are …

Court Says State Law Trumps NFL Drug Program

A federal court has ruled that two Minnesota Vikings players have the right to challenge their NFL-imposed suspensions for violations of the league’s drug policy in state court, a ruling that could have major implications for all drug programs run …

Multiple Studies Demonstrate Heart Benefits of Smoking Bans

A new review of 13 U.S. and international studies finds that banning public smoking can reduce the rate of heart attacks by more than one-third, Reuters reported Sept. 21. Researcher James Lightwood of the University of California at San Francisco …

N.Y. Television Stations Reject Medical Marijuana Ads

The ABC, CBS and Fox affiliates in New York have rejected ads seeking public support for a medical-marijuana bill, the New York Daily News reported Sept. 17. The ads from the Marijuana Policy Project call on voters to urge lawmakers …

SAMHSA Warns About Deadly Cocaine Cutting Agent

Cocaine users who unwittingly ingest the drug adulterated with a veterinary anti-parasitic medication called levamisole face the risk of death or serious illness, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) warns. SAMHSA said that about 20 cases of …

Nicotine Builds Brain Links Between Smoking, Environmental Cues

It’s no accident that smokers associate certain situations, behaviors and activities with smoking: researchers say that nicotine actually helps cement links between environmental cues and smoking in the brain, HealthDay News reported Sept. 9. “Our brains normally make these associations …

Community-Based Prevention Program Helped Cut Binge Drinking, Study Finds

An ongoing evaluation of the Communities That Care prevention model found that communities that implemented the program had significantly lower rates of binge drinking than similar areas nearby, according to researchers at the University of Washington. Eighth-graders exposed to Communities …