Tag Archives: Underage

New, Redesigned SAMHSA Website

The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has redesigned its home page to correspond to its eights strategic initiatives and has launched an easy-to-use online publications store. …

Smoking Alters Hundreds of Genes, Study Finds

Smoking causes dangerous changes in literally hundreds of genes in the body, including those related to tumor growth, inflammatory disease and immune-system suppression, according to researchers from the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research. WebMD reported July 15 that researcher Jac …

U.S. Ban on Clove Cigarettes Draws International Scrutiny

U.S. lawmakers say they banned clove cigarettes because of their health risks and appeal to young smokers, but the World Trade Organization (WTO) is investigating whether the ban violated international free-trade agreements. The Associated Press reported July 20 that Indonesia …

More Americans Making Moonshine

Recession penny-pinching and the homemade food fad are driving more Americans — from hobbyists to trendy hipster kids — to make homemade liquor, or moonshine, the BBC reported July 18.  As many as a million Americans make their own distilled …

Kansas Volume Pricing Law on Alcohol Delayed

Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson ordered the state’s alcohol regulation agency to delay enforcing a decades old — but largely ignored — law that requires bars to price drinks according to alcohol content, the Associated Press reported July 16. The law …

Violent Drinkers May Benefit from Mix of Counseling and Antidepressants

A small research study suggests that violent men with drinking problems can be treated successfully with a combination of addiction counseling, behavioral therapy, and antidepressants, Reuters reported July 9. The study of treatments for domestic abusers found that adding Prozac …

Mixed Results for H.S. Drug Testing

High-school students who face mandatory drug testing may be less likely to use drugs in the short term, but the protective effect doesn’t last, according to a new U.S. Department of Education study. USA Today reported July 18 that a …

Schumer Calls for FTC to Investigate Alcoholic Energy Drink Marketing

Certain brands of alcoholic energy drinks are marketed with the intent of appealing to underage drinkers, charged Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) in calling for an investigation by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The Associated Press reported July 11 that …

Border Patrol Sees Surge in Teen Drug Smugglers

The number of minors caught smuggling drugs from Mexico to Arizona surged 83 percent in 2009, USA Today reported July 7. Last year, 130 minors were arrested on drug charges by the U.S. Border Patrol, part of what officials call …

Calif. NAACP Backs Marijuana Legalization

The California chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has endorsed Proposition 19, a ballot initiative that would legalize marijuana use, CNN reported July 7. Alice Huffman, president of the California NAACP, termed legalization a …