Tag Archives: Underage

Court Upholds Mass. Employer’s Firing of Smoker

A combination of the plaintiff’s behavior and employment-law technicalities has sunk a lawsuit against a Massachusetts company that fired an employee for smoking, the Boston Globe reported Aug. 8. Scott Rodrigues was fired by The Scott’s Co. for violating company …

Horrific Van Crash Highlights Disturbing Trend in Female DUIs

Women in the U.S. are drinking and driving drunk more, experts point out in the wake of a drunk-driving crash in upstate New York where a mother and seven others died. The Associated Press reported Aug. 6 that while most …

Tobacco Racketeering Case Could Reach Supreme Court

A case in which the tobacco industry was found to have violated federal racketeering laws could be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, Dow Jones reported July 31. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the 2006 …

Taxing Illicit Drugs Violates Constitution, Tenn. Court Rules

Tennessee’s so-called “crack tax” violates the state constitution because it doesn’t constitute a levy on “merchants, peddlers and privileges,” the state’s highest court has ruled. The Associated Press reported July 24 that the tax on illicit-drug sales, imposed in 2004, …

Multiple California Cities Consider Taxes on Marijuana

Voters in Oakland, Calif., recently voted to impose a business tax on marijuana sales, and other cities in California have considered similar taxes in order to address serious budget shortfalls. The Oakland Tribune reported July 26 that other communities with …

Billion-Dollar Marijuana Bust Reported

Law-enforcement officials raided an illicit backcountry California marijuana grow operation and destroyed 318,000 plants, which authorities valued as worth $1.2 billion on the street, the Associated Press reported July 23. State and federal agents arrested 83 people as part of …

Substance Abuse Prevention Dollars and Cents: A Cost Benefits Analysis

Looking to convince policymakers that they should fund your prevention program? The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has just released a new publication that can help you build a case for support. Substance Abuse Prevention Dollars and …

Poppy Tea Tied to Two Deaths in Colo.

Two young residents of Boulder, Colo., recently died after drinking tea made from the pods of opium poppies, the source plant for heroin and other opiate drugs. The Boulder Camera reported July 21 that Jeffery Joseph Bohan, 19, was  found …

Leadership Seen as Top Attribute of Sustainable Nonprofits

A survey of more than 700 nonprofit organizations identified 10 key characteristics of financially sustainable nonprofits, with leadership topping the list, the Foundation Center reported July 12. The TCC Group report, The Sustainability Formula: How Nonprofit Organizations Can Thrive in …

Dentists Seen as Source for Prescription Pain Pills

Individuals addicted to prescription pain medications often turn to dentists as a source for drugs like codeine, Vicodin and OxyContin, CNN reported July 21. Typically, users will work their way through the phone book, calling dentist after dentist complaining of …